Farm Bill passes Senate, on to President

The National Corn Growers Association thanked members of the Senate for their passage on Feb. 4, with a 68-32 vote, of the 2014 farm bill. The bill passed the House on Jan. 29 and now goes to President Obama for signing.

“We’re happy to see the farm bill pass the Senate and are looking forward to seeing it signed and implemented,” said NCGA President Martin Barbre. “It was a long time coming for a bill so important for promoting stability in farm policy while saving taxpayers money and feeding the hungry. While it’s not perfect, we’re pleased to see the bill contains many provisions we’ve been working hard for over the years.” [Read more…]

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.