January 21, 2020

Chairwoman Stabenow Focuses on Ag, Farm Bill, in Political Ad

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Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D., Mich.) has turned attention to agriculture in a recent political ad for her re-election campaign. In part, the ad features Michigan producers who highlight the passage of the Farm Bill by the Senate.

To watch the ad, click below:

A similar ad regarding agriculture was also released by the Stabenow campaign earlier this month.


Okla. Horizon Televeision, Interview with Chairman Lucas

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Late last month, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (R., Okla.) was a guest on Oklahoma Horizon television, a nationally televised weekly program that explores economic and social trends. Chairman Lucas was interviewed by program host Rob McClendon.

The interview, which was uploaded on Sep. 28, and is available below, focused “on the on again – off again 2012 Farm Bill.”

Chairman Lucas talked about the current political dynamics of divided government in Washington, D.C. and noted that beyond the traditional farm program areas, that the nutrition title was an important point of consideration for the legislation.

The Oklahoma Republican went on to talk about the potential of getting a Farm Bill passed in the post-election lame duck session of Congress. Noting that he was a farmer by trade, and therefore an eternal optimist, Congressman Lucas indicated that there was the possibility of action on the Bill during that time.

Nonetheless, Chairman Lucas did note the crowded agenda that will face lawmakers on their return to the Capitol, including budgetary issues such as the “fiscal cliff,” and potential sequestration.

Within the context of these large budgetary concerns however, Chairman Lucas noted that both the Senate and House Ag Committee passed versions of the Farm Bill do generate substantial savings that could be fused together in considerations on budgetary matters.

Chairman Lucas did acknowledge that the outcome in the November election, Senate, House and executive branch, could be variables that impact the political climate, and potential progress, in the lame duck session.


FAO Food Price Index up 1.4 percent in September

A news release today from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) stated that, “Following two months of stability, the FAO Food Price Index rose slightly in September 2012, up 1.4 percent, or 3 points, from its level in August.

“The Index, based on the prices of a basket of internationally traded food commodities, climbed to 216 points in September from 213 points in August. The rise reflected strengthening dairy and meat prices and more contained increases for cereals. Prices of sugar and oils, on the other hand, fell.

“The FAO Index currently stands 22 points below its peak of 238 points in February 2011, and 9 points below its level of 225 points in September 2011.”

A Bloomberg video from October 4 noted that, “Abdolreza Abbassian, an economist at the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization, talks about the increase in world food prices to its highest in six months in September. He speaks from Rome with Manus Cranny on Bloomberg Television’s ‘Last Word.’ (Source: Bloomberg)”


Farm Bill; Biotech; Budget; and, the Ag Economy

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DTN Political Correspondent Jerry Hagstrom reported yesterday (link requires subscription) that, “While Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack spoke at a dairy expo in Wisconsin on Tuesday about the need for a farm bill that creates a new dairy program, Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan said in Washington that, as a native New Englander, she is particularly worried about the fate of dairy farmers.

“In an interview after a speech to United Fresh, the produce association, Merrigan said she is ‘sad’ that so many programs she has championed for the fruit and vegetable and organic industries lost their authorization when the farm bill expired, but that she is most worried about the impact of the bill’s expiration on dairy producers.”