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Sen. Stabenow – Delta’s New Friend

By Tommy Horton Editor Is it really possible for a Democratic senator from Michigan to visit the Mississippi Delta and find common ground with Southern farmers? If you had told me three years ago that this could happen, I wouldn’t have believed it. But recently I saw how bipartisanship and mutual interests can carry the day when it comes to ... Read More »

NCC Praises Ag Committees

The National Cotton Council congratulated the Senate and House Agriculture Commit-tees for their efforts in moving new Farm Bill legislation through their respective committees. The NCC will encourage Cotton Belt Representatives to support their agriculture committee’s work and oppose damaging amendments when the legislation is considered by the full House likely in June. The House Agriculture Committee’s bill, which was ... Read More »

Rising To The Challenge

BY MARK LANGE NCC PRESIDENT/CEO While new challenges undoubtedly will arise in 2013, there are several ongoing issues threatening U.S. cotton’s viability that also will require considerable attention from the National Cotton Council. What about farm bill passage? Last year we were active participants in a coalition of U.S. agricultural organizations to raise awareness of Congress’ need to pass a ... Read More »

Congress Urged To Move Fast On Crucial Issues

By Christine Souza Calif. Farm Bureau Federation While Congress reconvenes for a post-election, “lame-duck” session, farmers and ranchers are urging their representatives to work together to address pressing issues facing agriculture. Rayne Pegg, manager of the California Farm Bureau Federation Federal Policy Division, says it is vital for Congress to resolve issues such as the Farm Bill and the combination ... Read More »

Respondents React To Election Results

The November elections have come and gone; a president has been chosen; and the roster on Capitol Hill is in place. Cotton producers now have to assess the political environment in Washington, D.C., to try to determine what effect it will have on cotton. Ninety-two percent of the respondents in the November Web Poll expect to see some type of ... Read More »

Ag Secretary Wants Support For Farm Exports

By Rob Hotokainen McClatchy Newspapers Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says that U.S. farm exports are on pace to set a record high in 2013 but that sales will suffer if Congress does not resurrect a $200 million-a-year foreign marketing program that expired on Oct. 1. “We now are no longer in the business of being able to promote trade,” he ... Read More »

WEB POLL: 2008 Farm Bill Extension Anticipated

As the expiration deadline quickly approaches for the current Farm Bill, all eyes are on the Hill, and the clock is ticking. In a report dated Aug. 15, Kurt Guidry, with the Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusi-ness at the LSU AgCenter provided a Farm Bill update. Following is an excerpt from his commentary. “While there were efforts made in ... Read More »