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  • Jacqui Fatka

    Can EPA Be Farmers' Friend and Foe?

    DC Dialogue

     by Jacqui Fatka
     on April 11, 2014

    Earlier week was the first time I heard Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy speak in person. I came away hearing most of the right things: she said she wants to listen, she wants to work alongside of farmers and she wants everybody to just take a deep breath and read newly proposed water rules before making rash assumptions. Any farmer likely shares my hope that if the federal EPA really could work alongside farmers, it would be the best for all outcomes. Many states…

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  • Jacqui Fatka

    Top Officials Stand Up for GMOs

    DC Dialogue

     by Jacqui Fatka
     on April 4, 2014

    The topic of genetically modified food has come up in a handful of hearings lately, and the message from this administration has been an encouraging one in support of the need to stick to science. During a hearing April 3, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack told House Agriculture Committee members that conflict over genetically engineered is “unfortunate” and more needs to be done to share the benefits the technology provides such as increased affordability and accessibility to…

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  • Jacqui Fatka

    Tell EPA Impact of Water Rule Changes

    DC Dialogue

     by Jacqui Fatka
     on March 28, 2014

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released the long-awaited proposed regulation to clarify which waters are subject to regulation under the Clean Water Act. Congressional members from both sides of the aisle were quick to say that EPA has overreached in its latest action. But more importantly, members encouraged farmers to evaluate the rule and examine how it will impact their operations. The public now has 90 days to comment on the agencies&rsquo…

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  • Jacqui Fatka

    Idaho ‘Ag Gag’ Law Under Fire

    DC Dialogue

     by Jacqui Fatka
     on March 21, 2014

    Idaho successfully signed into law the first bill in the country this year that protects farmers from animal activists seeking to conduct video surveillance, obtain records or gain employment with intent to cause economic harm. But animal activists are already crying foul in an attempt to unravel one of the tightest written packages protecting animal facilities with a lawsuit filed this week.   The law represents the seventh bill of its kind nationally, following up on recent bills…

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  • Jacqui Fatka

    Hold Japan’s Feet To The Fire On TPP

    DC Dialogue

     by Jacqui Fatka
     on March 14, 2014

    All boats rise when trade agreements help reduce trade barriers. And in the words of Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, 12 countries are committed to promoting trade within the Trans Pacific Partnership. “We’ve got one country - Japan – that feels entitled to keep five sacred cows off the table,” he said in a media call with agricultural groups March 13. USTR Michael Froman, who recently returned from Pacific Rim trade talks in Singapore, said the TPP talks, which formally…

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  • Jacqui Fatka

    Farm Bill Rollout Gets More Clarity

    DC Dialogue

     by Jacqui Fatka
     on March 7, 2014

    Congress passed the farm bill earlier this year, but now the challenge at USDA is to decipher the legislation and determine what will require new rules or guidance and then move forward on doing that, the agriculture secretary said. Speaking to attendees at Commodity Classic, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack said for the last couple of weeks his agency has been prioritizing what the agency is doing in regards to farm bill implementation. He outlined the mission area has to determine what…

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  • Jacqui Fatka

    Tax Proposal Addresses Ag Needs

    DC Dialogue

     by Jacqui Fatka
     on February 28, 2014

    The U.S. tax code remains in desperate need of repair and for the many family-owned small businesses that make up the U.S. agricultural industry, changes could make the difference between staying in business or not. Wednesday House Ways and Means Committee chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.) dished out some groundbreaking ideas to help jump-start the discussion. And for the most part, he seems to have adequately hit the sweet spot when it comes to some preferred ways to approach the change on…

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  • Jacqui Fatka

    UEP Abandons HSUS Egg Deal

    DC Dialogue

     by Jacqui Fatka
     on February 21, 2014

    In July 2011 the United Egg Producers shook up the countryside when it forged an unlikely partnership with The Humane Society of the United States in an effort to push a uniform, national cage production standard for the U.S. egg industry. Now, with the farm bill complete –and previously most likely vehicle of a passage for the bill – UEP and HSUS have decided to end their memorandum of understanding. So now begs the question, what’s next and was it all a show? During the…

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  • Jacqui Fatka

    Livestock Disaster Aid Prioritized

    DC Dialogue

     by Jacqui Fatka
     on February 14, 2014

    Livestock producers who experienced losses from severe weather events over the past three years should soon see disaster assistance options available under the newly signed farm bill. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack said during the last several months his agency has been convening groups and prioritizing programs that should be rolled out first once the farm bill was passed. Last week Vilsack noted that livestock and disaster assistance programs in the farm bill would be one of the first…

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  • Jacqui Fatka

    Farm Bill Exhaustion?

    DC Dialogue

     by Jacqui Fatka
     on February 7, 2014

    Media coverage of the Senate 68-32 passage of the 2014 Farm Bill Tuesday has been somewhat muted. Perhaps the media is suffering from "Farm Bill Exhaustion," one commodity group stated.  Coverage from network news on Tuesday evening was almost non-existent. Late in their broadcast, NBC Nightly News devoted about 10 seconds to the story and categorized the bill as "cutting subsidies." It appears neither CBS nor ABC covered the bill's passage, instead relying…

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