Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack joined President Barack Obama in Fresno, Calif., Friday to announce that the USDA will provide additional assistance to help farmers, ranchers and residents affected by severe drought in California.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), at the request of Washington Senators Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray, have announced a $11.5 million nationwide purchase of Concord grape juice that will provide stability for a critical state agriculture industry.
Nearly 100 groups representing farmers, ranchers, consumers and other rural and small town interests have written members of the Farm Bill Conference Committee urging them to protect the country of origin labeling law when they finalize the 2014 Farm Bill.
National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson is hopeful the spirit of cooperation that led to the passage of the bipartisan appropriations bill will continue through to the farm bill. Johnson says the omnibus spending bill and its accompanying report language is far from perfect.
The disagreement over farm bill dairy policy doesn’t simply exist between lawmakers - the dairy industry isn’t in agreement on the best way move forward either. One idea first developed at Ohio State University would retain the expired Milk Income Loss Contract program from the 2008 farm bill as an option. Some s
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