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Wiesemeyer: commodities title needs a fix

A policy analyst says the commodities title of the farm bill isn’t working. Jim Wiesemeyer tells Brownfield it’s evident, based on the more than $80 billion Congress spent on ad-hoc disaster relief in the last four years. “Why didn’t the Title 1 safety net... Read More.

Border crisis needs attention

Commentary. News headlines in recent days, weeks, months and years have centered around our country’s southern border. Illegal immigration, which by definition is the migration of people into a country in violation of the immigration laws of that country or the continued residence without the... Read More.

Entire organic supply chain needs certification

The USDA is helping more businesses become certified organic as part of updates made with the Strengthening Organic Enforcement Final Rule. Deputy Administrator of the National Organic Program Jennifer Tucker says some handlers were previously exempt. “And that led to some significant problems in oversight,”... Read More.

Grassley says GMO corn trade dispute needs to be resolved

U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley says he’s frustrated over Mexico’s revised biotech corn ban. “Mexico doubled down in resistance to GMOs,” he said Tuesday morning. Mexican officials recently announced an immediate ban of genetically modified corn imports for human consumption. Imports of GMO corn for animal... Read More.

Specialty Crop Farm Bill Alliance focuses on top needs

Top recommendations for the next farm bill were highlighted by Specialty Crop Farm Bill Alliance members during this week’s listening session. California Fresh Fruit Association president Ian LeMay told members of the U.S. House Ag Committee the Market Access Program hasn’t seen a funding... Read More.

House Ag Chair says DC needs dairy a pricing discussion

The Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee says Washington needs to have a conversation about dairy pricing issues. Glenn GT Thompson of Pennsylvania tells Brownfield the federal milk marketing orders should be examined. “We need to have a good honest look at it.... Read More.

Ag transportation needs to improve in ’23, economist says

An ag economist says transportation challenges could be one of the top market issues again this year. Danny Munch with the American Farm Bureau says farmers could see more supply chain disruptions if conditions don’t improve for barge traffic along the Mississippi River. “Initially when... Read More.

AFBF outlines dairy reform needs

The American Farm Bureau Federation has released milk pricing reform and dairy policy recommendations. Economist Danny Munch tells Brownfield the organization’s dairy working group is calling for a return to the higher-of formula in calculating Class I milk.   “Given that this change was so... Read More.

Michigan Farm Bureau tackles farm bill needs

Michigan Farm Bureau members are debating policy revisions that should be part of the 2023 Farm Bill. Public Policy and Commodity Division Director Matt Smego tells Brownfield farm bill listening sessions with members this year confirmed most areas of the legislation is effective. “The... Read More.

Narrow strip of western Wisconsin still needs rain

Northwestern Wisconsin farmers in a narrow band between Eau Claire and the Twin Cities are continuing to experience unusually dry weather. One of them is Tom Gillis who farms near River Falls, just east of the Minnesota border.  He tells Brownfield he’s not expecting... Read More.