Policy & Politics

U.S. Farmers Rank Low on Global Subsidy Scale

Published Jun. 15, 2009

Research by Texas Tech Universityís Economics Research Institute (CERI) shows that all countries, regardless of size, protect their agricultural producers and generally far more than the United States. According to CERI, the U.S. falls near the bottom on the use of tariffs.

Senate Passes Bill Allowing FDA to Regulate Tobacco

Published Jun. 15, 2009

The Senate approved a bill Thursday by a 79-17 vote that gives the Food and Drug Administration sweeping new powers to regulate tobacco products, including such factors as the amount of addictive nicotine in a cigarette and cigarette packaging and marketing. The 79-17 vote virtually ensures...

Climate Bill Might Fail If Not More Farm Friendly

Published Jun. 16, 2009

The Wall Street Journal reports that the Waxman-Markey climate change bill may not pass the House of Representatives unless it becomes more farm-friendly. The warning, sounded by Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson (D-Minn.), presents a new obstacle to the White Houseís effort to get...

NACo, Farm Bureau Oppose Clean Water Act Expansion

Published Jun. 19, 2009

The nationís county governments and farmers are partnering to oppose legislation to significantly expand the federal jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act (CWA). The National Association of Countiesí (NACo) and the American Farm Bureau Federation are concerned that the Clean Water Restoration...

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A bipartisan group of lawmakers along with the governor are supporting a new proposal on caring for livestock.

Farm Bureau Supports Ballot Measure on Livestock Care

Published Jun. 22, 2009

Ohio Farm Bureau is backing a bipartisan proposal that would establish a framework for making decisions on livestock care in Ohio. Joint resolutions in the House and the Senate would place a measure on the November ballot to create the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board...

Governor Proposes Additional Budget Cuts and VLT's at Ohio Racetracks

Published Jun. 23, 2009

Governor Ted Strickland shared with the House and Senate a proposal to balance the stateís fiscal years 2010-2011 operating budget without a tax increase and lay the groundwork for jobs and economic growth.

Climate Change Legislation - House Floor Vote Expected Friday

Published Jun. 25, 2009

Farm Bureau Urges "No" Vote on Legislation; "Yes" Vote on Peterson Amendment

Update on U.S. House Food Safety Bill

Published Jun. 29, 2009

Bipartisan negotiations have addressed numerous concerns about the Food Safety Enhancement Act raised by Farm Bureau and other agriculture groups since the discussion draft was introduced late last month. However, unresolved issues that could increase cost and paperwork burdens on farmers remain...

Farm Bureau Says Implement Farm Bill

Published Jun. 29, 2009

In testimony before the House Agriculture Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management, American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman said it was a long, hard road to passage of the 2008 farm bill, and it is now time for implementation.

Climate Change Bill Faces Tougher Passage in Senate

Published Jun. 29, 2009

Ohio Farm Bureau is disappointed that H.R. 2454, the American Clean Energy and Security Act, passed the House on Friday but is committed to defeating the legislation if it is brought up in the Senate.