Policy & Politics

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If others put agreements in place before the U.S., farmers could lose opportunities to export.

Stalled Trade Deals Could Lead to Loss of Market Share

Published Aug. 20, 2010

After years of being a leader in world trade negotiations, the United States is now sitting on the sidelines. Congress still has not taken up any of the hard-fought free trade agreements that were negotiated years ago. Instead of waiting for the United States to finalize its...

USDA Forecasts Lowest Food Price Increase Since 1992

Published Aug. 26, 2010

USDA forecasts that the consumer price index for food will increase just 0.5 percent to 1 percent this year, the lowest rate since 1992. In last monthís forecast, USDA pegged the food price increase at 1.5 percent to 2 percent.

AFBF Urging Senate to Pass Veterinary Public Health Bill

Published Oct. 12, 2010

Farm Bureau is urging the Senate to approve H.R. 2999, the Veterinary Public Health Workforce Amendments Act of 2010, that was passed last week by the House by voice vote. On Friday, American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman wrote to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.)...

Higher Nonfat Solids in Milk Benefits Consumers

Published Oct. 12, 2010

An economic analysis by the Food and Agricultural Policy Institute reveals that requiring higher nonfat solids in fluid milk would benefit consumers with additional nutrients with little impact on the price of a gallon of milk.

American Farm Bureau Believes NIH Animal Care Standards Flawed

Published Oct. 12, 2010

The National Institutes of Health is reviewing a draft document outlining guidelines for animal care that Farm Bureau believes contains technical flaws relative to agriculture animal welfare. AFBF President Bob Stallman wrote to NIH Friday, urging it to reject the proposed guide and instead...

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Attorney General Richard Cordray

Attorney General Richard Cordray Reminds Ohioans about the Veterans Bonus

Published Oct. 12, 2010

Last November, an overwhelming majority of Ohio voters ó more than 70 percent ó voted to provide a modest payment to the men and women who served our country during the Iraq, Afghanistan and Persian Gulf wars. This Veterans Service Bonus is an honored tradition in our state: Voters approved...

Wal-Mart will double sales of locally grown produce

Published Oct. 15, 2010

Wal-Mart announced Thursday it will double sales of local produce to 9 percent of its purchases in U.S. stores. The company plans to triple the amount of food it sells from small- and medium-size farms in emerging markets such as India and Brazil to $1 billion within five years.

Vilsack defends federal farm payments

Published Oct. 15, 2010

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said federal farm payments have enabled Americans to have relatively cheap food and are needed to protect farmers from price drops. ďWho benefits ultimately for all of this? I would argue that itís not the 250,000 to 270,000 farmers who benefit from this...

USDA announces measures to promote renewable fuels

Published Oct. 22, 2010

As part of the administrationís effort to promote production of fuel from renewable sources, create jobs and mitigate the effects of climate change, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Thursday announced a series of measures during a speech to the National Press Club in Washington, D.C....

Are farmland prices inflated?

Published Oct. 22, 2010

Thereís a growing buzz about whether or not U.S. farmland prices will be the next asset bubble to burst. But despite all the talk about the commercial real estate market and how itís under pressure, when you look at farm real estate it has really held up, even increasing fairly rapidly...