American Farm Bureau supports national GMO pre-emption bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The American Farm Bureau Federation is supporting proposed U.S. Senate legislation that establishes federal pre-emption of state laws that mandate labeling foods with genetically modified ingredients.

The AFBF has maintained that, unchecked, such laws have the potential to become “an unruly patchwork” of state-by-state legislation.

The bill acts “to stop the expansion of state laws that threaten interstate marketing and effectively ignore science,” explained AFBF President Zippy Duvall on June 28. [Read more…]

New York State hosts 2016 National Holstein Convention

CF4-PP-2016-National-Holstei1nby Elizabeth A. Tomlin

New York State was host to the 2016 National Holstein Convention, which took place at the Saratoga Hilton and the Saratoga City Center in Saratoga Springs, NY, June 27 –July 1st.

Over 1,300 young folks and adults from all over the United States attended the convention, which included a premium Holstein sale. [Read more…]

National Pork Board continues to lead on antibiotic awareness

Ongoing research, education and engagement remain center stage

The National Pork Board continues to take a prominent role in the ongoing conversation about antibiotic use in pork production. From the Don’t Wait… Be Ready! national producer awareness and education campaign, to ongoing engagement with consumers and influencers, to increased investment in antibiotic research, the National Pork Board is taking unprecedented action on this globally important topic. [Read more…]

Sustainable Funding for Sustainable Farms: Cost Share Programs Benefit Organic Agriculture

HARRISBURG, PA — Organic certification can be more affordable for Pennsylvania farmers thanks to funding now available through the National Organic Certification Cost Share Program (NOCCSP) and the Agricultural Management Assistance (AMA) Organic Certification Cost Program.

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture secured $453,400 in federal funds through NOCCSP and $163,600 through AMA to reimburse farmers and handling facilities for expenses related to organic certification. [Read more…]