10 SEP

The Alltech ONE Ideas Forum goes global

13 countries, 15 stops, ONE unforgettable experience

The Alltech ONE Ideas Forum will soon be making stops around the globe, giving more people than ever the opportunity to experience the power of ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference and to hear from industry experts on trending topics in the agriculture industry. The global forum events will provide a local perspective of Alltech’s renowned and highly acclaimed annual international conference. From advancements in digital technologies to improving efficiency and profitability, the Alltech ONE Ideas Forum will be the premier event to attend for discussions about the future of agriculture. Read more

10 SEP

USPOULTRY updates Employment Eligibility Verification and I-9 Training Program

U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY) recently updated its Employment Eligibility Verification and I-9 Training Program. The program was revised to reflect recent changes in the I-9 form and is intended for human resources personnel who are responsible for hiring new employees. The program teaches persons responsible for hiring new employees the basic provisions of the U.S. immigration laws, which require employers to make a good faith effort to confirm that newly hired employees are authorized to work in the United States, as well as explains each section of the required I-9 form. Read more

28 AUG

U.S. and Mexico announce new trade agreement

The USDA has released details of the $12 billion trade aid package for farmers which could start paying producers as early as mid-September. U.S. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue says farmers have supported the President in his defense of the economy, but they’ve been the tip of the spear in trade disputes.  “It’s a fact they cannot pay their bills with simple patriotism.  The programs that we’re announcing today will allow time for the President to strike long-lasting trade deals that benefit our entire economy.”  Read more

24 AUG

NAFTA ‘handshake’ deal with Mexico targeted for Thursday

The Trump administration is planning to formally announce on Thursday that it has reached a breakthrough in NAFTA talks with Mexico, clearing the way for Canada to rejoin negotiations to modernize the free trade pact, three sources close to the talks told POLITICO. The sources said time has been cleared on the White House schedule for the announcement, where President Donald Trump is expectedto be in attendance. Officials are expected to announce that the U.S. and Mexico, which have been meeting for the past several weeks, have made enough progress on various two-way issues to be able to announce what one source described as a “handshake” deal.  Read more

24 AUG

USDA extends comment period for ‘Product of U.S.A.’ labeling policy

The Food Safety and Inspection Service of the US Dept. of Agriculture set Sept. 17 as the new deadline for comments on a proposed change in policy that would allow only meat produced in the United States to be labeled “Product of the U.S.A.” The Organization for Competitive Markets (OCM) and American Grassfed Association (AGA) requested an extension of the public comment period. Read more

21 AUG

‘Time for action is now.’ Interior chief demands plan to pump more California water south

The Trump administration is accelerating efforts to pump more of Northern California’s water to farmers in the San Joaquin Valley, setting up a bruising conflict with state officials and environmentalists. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke last week sent a memo to underlings demanding a plan within 15 days aimed at “maximizing water supply deliveries” to irrigation districts south of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.  “The time for action is now,” he wrote.

In the memo, Zinke also blasted a proposal by the State Water Resources Control Board that would restrict water deliveries to Valley farms and cities, as well as much of the Bay Area, in order to prop up endangered fish populations. The state board is starting two days of hearings on the plan Tuesday, although it has postponed a decision indefinitely to encourage environmentalists and farm groups to reach compromises.  Read more

21 AUG

Judge reinstates WOTUS rule in 26 states

The American Farm Bureau Federation and a broad coalition of business organizations have notified the federal district court in South Carolina they will appeal that court’s Aug. 16 ruling that revived the 2015 Waters of the United States Rule and made it the law of the land in 26 states. In a separate filing, the same coalition also notified a federal district court in Texas of the ruling by the court in South Carolina, urging the Texas-based court to issue a nationwide injunction against the 2015 WOTUS Rule. Read more

17 AUG

120 animal ag groups push Senate on disease response plan

A total of 120 groups representing animal agriculture are leaning on Senate farm bill conferees to fully fund a National Animal Disease Preparedness and Response Program. In a letter to Senate conferees, the groups argue that an outbreak of a foreign animal disease, such as foot and mouth disease (FMD) or avian influenza (AI), “has the ability to cripple the entire agricultural sector and create long-lasting ramifications for the economic viability of U.S. aquaculture, livestock and poultry production.”  Read more