A 2022 Review of the Farm Bill: Dairy Provisions

Posted by Brad Johnson Wed, 22 Jun 2022 14:00:00 GMT

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  • Scott Marlow, Deputy Administrator for Farm Programs, Farm Service Agency, U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Dana Coale, Deputy Administrator, Agriculture Marketing Service Dairy Program, U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Lolly Lesher, Owner/Operator, Way-Har Farms, Bernville, PA, on behalf of National Milk Producers Federation
  • Mike Durkin, President and Chief Executive Officer, Leprino Foods Company, Denver, CO, on behalf of International Dairy Foods Association
  • Travis Forgues, Vice President of Membership, Organic Valley/CROPP Cooperative, LaFarge, WI
  • Dr. Marin Bozic, Assistant Professor of Applied Economics, University of Minnesota

The Role of Climate Research in Supporting Agricultural Resiliency

Posted by Brad Johnson Wed, 15 Jun 2022 14:00:00 GMT

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  • Dr. Thelma Velez, Research and Education Program Manager, Organic Farming Research Foundation, Sunrise, FL
  • Dr. Sylvie Brouder, Professor and Wickersham Chair of Excellence in Agricultural Research, Agronomy Department, Purdue University, on behalf of the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America, West Lafayette, IN
  • Dr. Ali Fares, Endowed Professor of Water Security and Water Energy Food Nexus, Prairie View A&M University, Prairie View, TX
  • Dr. Benjamin Houlton, Ronald P. Lynch Dean and Professor of Ecology and Global Development, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
  • Michael Vance, Managing Partner, Southern Reds, LLC, on behalf of the Noble Research Institute, Gainesville, TX

Agricultural Trade: Priorities and Issues Facing America’s Farmers

Posted by Brad Johnson Thu, 09 Jun 2022 15:00:00 GMT

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  • Dr. Gopinath “Gopi” Munisamy, Distinguished Professor, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, University of Georgia
  • Karla Thompson, Vice President, JET Farms Georgia and Integrity Farms
  • Sheryl Meshke, Co-President and CEO, Associated Milk Producers Inc., New Ulm, MN
  • Neal Fisher, Administrator, North Dakota Wheat Commission, Mandan, ND

A 2022 Review of the Farm Bill: Economic Perspectives on Title I Commodities and Title XI Crop Insurance

Posted by Brad Johnson Thu, 09 Jun 2022 13:00:00 GMT

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  • Dr. Joseph Janzen, Assistant Professor, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • Robert Craven, Extension Economist and Associate Director, Center for Farm Financial Management, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN
  • Dr. Ronald L. Rainey, Assistant Vice President and Professor / Director, University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture / Southern Risk Management Education Center, University of Arkansas
  • Dr. Joe Outlaw, Professor and Extension Economist and Co-Director, Agricultural and Food Policy Center, Texas A&M University

FY23 Member Day for the Subcommittee on Agriculture

Posted by Brad Johnson Wed, 25 May 2022 19:30:00 GMT

Markup of PRECISE Act, SUSTAINS Act, Supply Chain Legislation

Posted by Brad Johnson Tue, 17 May 2022 18:00:00 GMT

Full Committee on Agriculture – Business Meeting to consider:
  • The Budget Views and Estimates Letter of the Committee on Agriculture for the agencies and programs under the jurisdiction of the Committee for Fiscal Year 2023;
  • H.R. 7764, A bill to direct the Secretary of Agriculture to provide additional payments under the environmental quality incentives program for implementation of a nutrient management practice, and for other purposes. ;
  • H.R. 2518, “Producing Responsible Energy and Conservation Incentives and Solutions for the Environment Act or the PRECISE Act”;
  • H.R. 2606, “Sponsoring USDA Sustainability Targets in Agriculture to Incentivize Natural Solutions Act of 2021, or the ‘SUSTAINS’ Act”;
  • H.R. 4140, “Butcher Block Act”;
  • H.R. 7675, To amend the Department of Agriculture Reorganization Act of 1994 to establish an Agricultural and Food System Supply Chain Resilience and Crisis Response Task Force, and for other purposes.;
  • H.R. 7606, “Meat and Poultry Special Investigator Act of 2022”;
  • H.R. 7763, To direct the Secretary of Agriculture to support and incentivize domestic activities to address fertilizer shortages and deficiencies, diversity fertilizer sources, and reduce depending on foreign sources for fertilizer, and other purposes;
  • H.R. 7765, “American Food Supply Chain Resiliency Act of 2022”

Climate Action Down on the Farm: Food and Climate Nexus Opportunities in China and the US

Posted by Brad Johnson Tue, 10 May 2022 13:00:00 GMT

Food systems account for 31 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. These emissions arise along the whole food supply chain, from production, processing, and packaging to transport, consumption and disposal. Power and transport systems receive the lion share of attention in the global dialogue and response to climate change, while the nexus between food and climate has been largely absent from the climate conversations. To date, very few countries take a comprehensive view of the food system in their climate action plans.

The United States and China, the two largest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions, both face similar climate change threats to agriculture—from extreme weather patterns, stronger floods, extended droughts to greater pests and diseases. Climate impacts threaten economic and food security. As food market superpowers, the United States and China are well positioned to lead efforts in green agriculture to address climate change. Notably, green and climate resilient agriculture were priorities highlighted in the U.S.-China Climate Crisis Statement and the U.S.-China Glasgow Declaration in 2021.

At this May 10th CEF meeting, panelists will give an overview of the global food-climate challenge and delve into opportunities for China and the United States to target the food system to help reach their carbon neutral and short-lived climate pollutant reduction goals.

David Sandalow, (Center for Global Energy at Columbia University and co-founder of the Food Climate Partnership) will set the stage, discussing the food system and climate change. Next, Sally Qiu and Hörn Halldórudóttir Heiðarsdóttir will share insights on China’s food-related greenhouse gas emissions.

The next two speakers will turn the conversation to the farms with Zhenzhong Si (Waterloo University) offering some insights into the government’s policies and bottom-up agroecological initiatives in China that respond to the social and environmental challenges facing the food system while creating new problems for sustainability. And Karen Mancl (Ohio State University) will examine success in sustainable agriculture in the United States and China and explore policies needed to incentivize farmers.

Patty Fong (Global Alliance for the Future of Food), whose CEF Green Tea Chat laid out the urgency for global food system transformation to address climate change, will be the commentator at this session.


A 2022 Review of the Farm Bill: Horticulture and Urban Agriculture

Posted by Brad Johnson Tue, 29 Mar 2022 14:00:00 GMT

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  • Jennifer Lester Moffitt, Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs, United States Department of Agriculture, Washington, D.C.
  • Terry Cosby, Chief, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Washington, D.C.


  • Laura Batcha, Chief Executive Officer, Organic Trade Association, Washington, D.C.
  • Brie Reiter Smith, Vice President of Product Leadership, Driscoll’s, Inc., on behalf of the Specialty Crop Farm Bill Alliance, Watsonville, CA
  • Marc Oshima, Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer, AeroFarms, Newark, NJ
  • Nate Olive, Owner, Ridge to Reef Farm, and President, Virgin Islands Farmers Alliance, Inc., St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
  • Bruce Kettler, Director, Indiana State Department of Agriculture, on behalf of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture, Indianapolis, Indiana

A 2022 Review of the Farm Bill: Rural Development

Posted by Brad Johnson Tue, 08 Mar 2022 15:00:00 GMT

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  • Xochitl Torres Small, Under Secretary for Rural Development, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington, D.C.

A 2022 Review of the Farm Bill: Commodity Group Perspectives on Title 1

Posted by Brad Johnson Tue, 01 Mar 2022 15:00:00 GMT

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  • Brad Doyle, President, American Soybean Association, Weiner, AR,
  • Dr. Robert Johansson, Director of Economics and Policy Analysis, American Sugar Alliance, Alexandria, VA
  • Nicole Berg, Vice President, National Association of Wheat Growers, Paterson, WA
  • Chris Edgington, President, National Corn Growers Association, Saint Ansgar, IA
  • Jaclyn Ford, National Cotton Council, Alapaha, GA
  • Verity Ulibarri, National Sorghum Producers, Melrose, NM
  • Clark Coleman, National Sunflower Association, National Barley Growers Association, U.S. Canola Association, and the USA Dry Pea and Lentil Council, Bismarck, ND
  • Jennifer James, USA Rice, Newport, AR
  • Meredith McNair Rogers, U.S. Peanut Federation, Camilla, GA

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