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U.S. Agriculture Secretary Visits with Michigan Farmers

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue was in West Michigan in early February to meet with Michigan farmers. As reported by MLive.com, he told farmers that the new Farm Bill, which will be hashed out this year before the...more

Family Farms Threatened by Over-regulation

On February 7, 2018, American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall testified before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works and recounted a long list of regulatory abuses and missteps by the federal...more

Michigan Lawmakers Busy with a Variety of Issues

The Michigan Legislature has been very active following Gov. Snyder’s final State of the State address. Some of the more recent highlights of interest, according to Michigan Farm News and Michigan Farm Bureau...more

State Seeks to Avoid TB ‘Nuclear Option’

According to the Michigan Ag Connection and Michigan Farm News, Michigan livestock farmers are closely monitoring current discussions between Michigan and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) concerning ongoing efforts...more

Michigan Agriculture Bills Passed Before Summer Recess

A set of agriculture bills to clarify ag exemptions were passed in the Michigan House before summer recess. Majority floor leader Dan Lauwers told Brownfield Ag News that one of the bills builds upon changes requested by the...more

American Farm Bureau Federation Establishes Goals for Farm Bill

The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) has outlined the organization’s key objectives for the 2018 Farm Bill. It recently relayed goals and recommendations to congressional leaders in advance of the upcoming farm bill...more

National Milk Producers Federation Working to Improve Labor Challenges

USAgNet.com recently reported that National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) President and CEO Jim Mulhern praised the work of Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) for offering an amendment to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s...more

Obama Administration’s Organic Animal Welfare Rule Postponed a Second Time

For the second time, the effective date of the Organic Animal Welfare Rule (OAWR) proposed by the United States Department of Agriculture during the last days of the Obama administration has been pushed back. The new...more

NAFTA Renegotiation Would Intend to Benefit Farmers, Ranchers

In recent weeks, the Trump administration took the first step toward renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Robert Lighthizer, United States Trade Representative (USTR), sent a letter to Congress...more

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