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One of the speakers at the recent Cattle Traceability Workshop in Denver was Julie Stitt, who helped create, implement and direct Canada’s national cattle identification and traceability program.  In this interview with Brownfield, Stitt talks about the challenges they faced in getting the program up and running, discusses how it is working today, and comments on U.S. efforts to create a traceability program. AUDIO: Julie Stitt Continue reading A look at Canada’s cattle identification program at Brownfield Ag News.
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The U.S. cattle industry has long struggled to come up with an acceptable and workable cattle traceability program. But a leader of the national Cattle Traceability Working Group (CTWG) thinks the time is right for development of such a program. “We have different and new technology now than we had the last time we were discussing this in 2003 to 2007,” says Glenn Fischer, president of Allflex USA. “We also have more people finding value-added opportunities and we have more animals that are already identified.” Fischer says statistics show more than 10 million animals received electronic identification in 2017. Continue reading Is time finally right...
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A dairy leader says Friday’s House farm bill vote failed because the Freedom Caucus wants immigration dealt with first. American Dairy Coalition CEO Laurie Fischer says House Speaker Paul Ryan promised the Republican Freedom Caucus a vote on Bob Goodlatte’s Securing America’s Future Act which includes his Ag Act.  She says the Goodlatte bill would create a new guest worker visa that agriculture needs. House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows told ADC officials his caucus will not support the farm bill until after a vote is held on immigration. Continue reading Dairy leader says Freedom Caucus wants vote on immigration bill before farm...
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The House farm bill has been voted down on a vote of 198 to 213.  House speaker Paul Ryan’s motion to reconsider was suspended, and another vote could be coming. All Democrats, as well as 30 Republicans led by the House Freedom Caucus, voted against the farm bill. The bill lost all support from Democrats when it passed out of the House Ag Committee because of the addition of more SNAP recipient work requirements. Statement by Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Collin C. Continue reading House 2018 Farm Bill fails at Brownfield Ag News.
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The amendment that would change sugar policy had farm groups concerned over the fate of the entire farm bill in the U.S. House, but the measure failed on Thursday. Sarah Black with Michigan Farm Bureau told Brownfield changes to sugar policy could set a bad precedent for the entire debate. “I can’t speak for the Chairman, but I think there’s potential if that amendment passes that it could really derail progress on the whole bill.” Republican Representative Virginia Foxx of North Carolina’s amendment would have removed production limits that currently support sugar prices. Continue reading Sugar amendment fails; could have put entire farm bill...
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Debate on the House version of the farm bill might start today. House Ag Committee Chairman Michael Conaway says he is pleased the bill has the support of President Trump for its proposed reforms to the SNAP nutrition program and the additional planned work requirements, but Conaway says Trump wanted to make sure something else was done in the farm bill. “The President told me at a meeting last week, unprovoked, unsolicited.  Continue reading Farm bill debate in House starts soon, Trump wants stronger crop insurance in package at Brownfield Ag News.
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