Following Senate passage, ASA calls on President Obama to sign Farm Bill into law

Following the Senate’s vote to pass the Agricultural Act of 2014 on Feb. 4, the American Soybean Association (ASA) thanked both chambers of Congress and called on President Barack Obama to quickly sign the bill into law.

“We are relieved and pleased to see the farm bill cross the finish line this afternoon,” said ASA President and Iowa farmer Ray Gaesser. “Today’s vote is the culmination of years of advocacy by ASA and other farm groups on behalf of policies that help our individual crops and our collective industry move forward. We’ve invested a great deal of time and energy in this bill, and the final product represents a true compromise that will benefit many crops, regions and aspects of American agriculture.” [Read more…]

Temple Grandin: The golden rule applies not just to people, but livestock, too

CEW-MR-2-Temple Grandin2by Pat Malin

LIVERPOOL, NY — Whether you call her an ambassador for animals, an ally of the livestock industry or an advocate for autism, Dr. Temple Grandin has an ability to unite disparate groups in a common cause.

As a respected professor of animal science and a researcher in animal behavior at Colorado State University, Grandin was welcome at the New York State Beef Producer’s Association conference Jan. 17-18 at the Holiday Inn near Syracuse.

New York Farm Bureau’s statement on Senate passage of the Farm Bill

“This is a momentous day for New York’s farmers. The reforms passed in this Farm Bill will provide a critical safety net that truly takes the diversity of New York agriculture into account like never before. The changes to crop insurance should be seen as an investment in maintaining a reliable food supply in this country when disasters strike, while also savings billions of taxpayer dollars. [Read more…]

Cold weather management for animals

CEWM-MR-1-Cold weather animalsBy George Looby, DVM

Global warming aside, the winter of 2013-2014 is shaping up to go on record as one of the harshest in decades and all domestic creatures exposed to its rigors need help in making adjustments to survive the elements. Animal owners are generally well tuned to the precautions necessary to help insure that their pets and livestock are comfortable during the heat waves of summer but are perhaps less concerned during the winter months.

Lucas praises House passage of Farm Bill conference report

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Chairman Frank Lucas issued the following statement Jan. 29 after the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Agricultural Act of 2014 by a vote of 251-166.

“I am pleased a majority of my House colleagues joined me in supporting a five-year, comprehensive farm bill. I appreciate the efforts of everyone who helped get us here. This is legislation we can all be proud of because it fulfills the expectations the American people have of us. They expect us to work together to find ways to reduce the cost of the federal government. The Agricultural Act contributes major savings to deficit reduction, significant reforms to policy, and yet still provides a safety net not only for the production of American food and fiber, but also to ensure our fellow citizens have enough food to eat. I am hopeful this legislation will enjoy the same success when the Senate considers it, and I encourage the president to sign it quickly into law,” said Chairman Frank Lucas. [Read more…]