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May 29, 2020
Charting IFEEDER's Path Forward
Charting the path forward - that was the theme of the May meeting of the Institute for Feed Education and Research's Board of Trustees. They welcomed four new Board members and approved three new research projects for the upcoming year, as well as conducted other business.
September 20, 2019
AFIA CEO-Elect Advocates for Science-Based Feeding Standards at OECD
The American Feed Industry Association recently participated in a policy forum, "The Evolving Landscape of Agricultural Policy," at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). AFIA President and CEO-elect Constance Cullman spoke on a panel where she discussed the need for science-based policies to support new innovations for the U.S. and global feed sector and support for members when needed.
January 25, 2019
Take AFIA's Survey on 2018 Charitable Contributions by Jan. 31
One of the animal food industry's sustainability pillars focuses on how companies are supporting their local communities. Last year, the American Feed Industry Association found through its annual charitable giving survey that its members donated over $44 million to an expansive list of community causes and a whopping 92,000 volunteer hours in 2017.
December 14, 2018
Farm Bill Passes in Lame-Duck Congress
After several months of negotiations, lawmakers made history this week by introducing and passing a new Farm Bill in the same year, a feat that has not been accomplished since 1990.
November 30, 2018
Negotiators Reach Farm Bill "Agreement in Principle"
Farm Bill negotiators said Thursday that they have reached an "agreement in principle," boosting confidence that they have settled disputes around food stamps, commodity programs and forestry issues, making it more likely that Congress can send the bill to President Donald Trump for signature before the end of the year.
November 16, 2018
Farm Bill Still Up in the Air
Now that Congress has returned from recess, Senate and House leaders are putting pressure on lawmakers to sort out their differences to send a farm bill through both chambers.
November 16, 2018
Time Dwindling to Achieve Spending Package
Congress has until Dec. 7 to pass the seven remaining fiscal 2019 appropriations bills, including one that funds the Agriculture Department and Food and Drug Administration. If nothing else, Congress will need to pass another short-term stopgap bill, which will buy another deadline extension.
November 2, 2018
Ag Appropriators Eye Disaster Relief Spending Budget
The chair and ranking member of the House Appropriations Agriculture Subcommittee have been working together on legislation to provide farm aid to producers reeling from Hurricanes Florence and Michael, as well as the wildfires out West. In a joint letter to the leadership of the House Appropriations Committee, the subcommittee leaders addressed Congress' "responsibility" to find solutions and provide relief to those in need. 
October 5, 2018
Farm Bill Expires as Lawmakers Battle Over Programs
The 2014 Farm Bill expired at midnight, Sept. 30, with Congress nowhere near a compromise needed to pass a new law. Now, it is up to the U.S. Department of Agriculture to pick up the pieces while farm bill negotiators seek common ground on tough issues.
September 21, 2018
Farm Bill Talks Crawling Along
House and Senate agriculture leaders have not made any headway leading into a crucial week for meeting their goal of passing a farm bill by Sept. 30, the date the current farm bill expires. The House has been on recess this week, making scheduling all the more difficult.
September 7, 2018
Farm Bill Saga Continues
House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway, R-Texas, submitted a comprehensive farm bill proposal to his Senate counterparts last week that made what he described as "significant compromises" on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, a key sticking point for democrats.
August 24, 2018
Farm Bill Clock Still Ticking
Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said last week "the sky isn't going to fall" if Congress doesn't pass a farm bill by the Sept. 30 deadline. But, he added that he has faith that Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., will get the legislation finished on time.
August 10, 2018
Senate Farm Bill Picks Conference Team
Before going home for two weeks, last week, the Senate leadership named nine senators to the farm bill conference committee. The Senate will return on Aug. 14, and the farm bill will no doubt be on their immediate "to-do" list. The House is on recess through the end of August, setting up a tight and unlikely timeline to get a farm bill done before it expires on Sept. 30.
July 27, 2018
Farm Bill Conference is Coming
House and Senate agriculture members will soon be discussing the differences between their respective chambers' farm bills as part of the farm bill conference period, which began last week. The members will be charged with ironing out the differences between the bills so that Congress can vote on one package before the current bill expires Sept. 30.
July 13, 2018
Farm Bill Conference Ahead
Members of Congress are gearing up for a farm bill showdown as conference negotiations on the bill will soon take place. The first task will be to determine which lawmakers will sit on the committee. House and Senate agriculture staffers have likely already begun working behind the scenes to start merging the bills.
June 29, 2018
Senate Passed the Farm Bill
Thursday, the Senate passed its version of the farm bill by a vote of 86-11. The next step will be for conference committee to reconcile differences with the House's version of the farm bill.
June 15, 2018
Senate Farm Bill Makes Debut
The Senate Agriculture Committee passed the Senate's version of the farm bill this week, which would provide additional support for dairy farmers and establish a vaccine bank for livestock diseases, though it would leave funding for the vaccine initiative up to congressional appropriators. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is eyeing voting on the bill before the July 4th congressional recess.
June 1, 2018
Senate Appropriations Sends Agriculture and FDA Bill Forward
The Senate Appropriations Committee sent to the full chamber Thursday a bill that provides $23.235 billion in discretionary funding for a host of programs administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration. The Agriculture and FDA spending bill (S. 2975) is $225 million above fiscal 2018 enacted levels. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., hopes to move some of the federal government spending bills quickly and is teeing them up for a June vote on the Senate floor.
May 18, 2018
House Ag Appropriations Bill Advances
On Wednesday, the House Appropriations Committee advanced the fiscal 2019 Agriculture-Food and Drug Administration Appropriations bill by a vote of 31-20, following the addition of eight new amendments.
May 18, 2018
Farm Bill Debate Heats Up
The farm bill debate got off to a heated start Wednesday with Democrats forcefully opposing it and Republicans warning against amendments that could threaten the bill's fate in the House. "Our farmers and our people need us," pleaded Rep. Rick Allen, R-Ga.
May 4, 2018
House Farm Bill Stumbles Again
The House draft of the farm bill is slowly progressing due to concerns with Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)-related provisions that encourage people not to marry. Some anti-poverty experts say SNAP already penalizes marriage because recipients face a potential drop in benefits when they combine incomes. They argue the proposed work requirements in the House farm bill could compound the problem by requiring both parents to work at least 20 hours per week after their children reach the age of six.
April 20, 2018
Farm Bill Negotiations Officially Begin
On Wednesday, the House Agriculture Committee passed H.R. 2, or the farm bill, introduced by Chairman Mike Conaway, R-Texas. The farm bill is unusually contentious this year, with Democrats opposed to changes to the food stamp program. During the short markup period, Republicans introduced and passed 20 amendments.
April 6, 2018
Farm Bill Grinding to a Halt
To get a 2018 Farm Bill finished, House Agriculture Committee Chair Mike Conaway, R-Texas, must convince ranking member Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., and the other committee Democrats to help him find a solution to the committee's battle over a Republican move to rewrite eligibility requirements for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
March 23, 2018
Lawmakers Battle Over Farm Bill
Upcoming farm bill negotiations and hearings came to a halt last week as House Democrats delivered a letter to Chairman Mike Conaway, R-Texas, demanding to see the legislative text of the farm bill, especially the nutrition title, before negotiating further. Democrats have voiced their opposition to tentative provisions in the bill that would limit some eligibility in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), including some work requirements for able-bodied adults.
March 23, 2018
AFIA Celebrates National Ag Day
Each March, the Agriculture Council of America hosts National Ag Day to celebrate the role agriculture plays in providing a safe, abundant and affordable food supply. This year's Ag Day occurred March 20, and, as a sponsor, the American Feed Industry Association participated in several events in Washington, D.C.
March 9, 2018
Congress Inching Toward Farm Bill
The deadline for the farm bill, per usual, has been a moving target. Both the House and Senate Agriculture Committees have committed to getting a farm bill done "right" and "on time." On Wednesday, Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., said he is gearing up for a farm bill to be released in early April and that his staff is already sharing legislative language with the minority staff members, including with ranking member Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., in an upcoming meeting. Given Congress has a lengthy to-do list this spring, including an omnibus spending package, AFIA will wait to see if farm bill discussions continue as planned.