Farm News

Farm Bureau supports water rights lawsuit

Feb. 15, 2017

The first month of session 2017 is behind us, we are closing in on the first major cutoff (Feb. 17th) when any bill left in a policy committee will be considered dead for this legislative session. As is typical, a flood of bills (more than 1,700) have been introduced to date. The majority of these bills will not make it through the house of origin. Among these bills are helpful and damaging bills.

Water rights are a high-priority issue to Agriculture.  The North Olympics Counties Farm Bureau (NOCFB) has been supportive of the lawsuit involving instream flows and water rights in Clallam County.  (See Olympic Resource Protection Council.) Continue reading

Washington Farm Bureau announces recipients of 2014 Friend of Farm Bureau award

News Release from WFB
Posted 7/24/2014

Washington Farm Bureau – the state’s largest general farm organization, representing more than 41,000 member families – named the recipients of this year’s Friend of Farm Bureau award. The award is presented to members of the state Legislature who achieved a score of 80 percent or higher for their votes on a list of bills identified by Farm Bureau as being critical to the state’s agricultural industry.

The following legislators received the 2014 award:
House: Bruce Chandler, Cathy Dahlquist, Susan Fagan, Larry Haler, Mark Hargrove, Paul Harris, Brad Hawkins, Dave Hayes, Mike Hope, Graham Hunt, Norm Johnson, Linda Kochmar, Joel Kretz, Dan Kristiansen, Drew MacEwan, Chad Magendanz, Dick Muri, Terry Nealey, Liz Pike, Jay Rodne, Charles Ross, Joe Schmick, Shelly Short, Norma Smith, Brandon Vick, Maureen Walsh, Judy Warnick, J.T. Wilcox, Hans Zeiger, Richard DeBolt, Kevin Parker, Vincent Buys, Leonardo Christian, Cary Condotta, Kathy Haigh, Jeff Holy, Brad Klippert, Matt Manweller, Ed Orcutt, Jason Overstreet, Elizabeth Scott, Matt Shea David Taylor and Jesse Young. Continue reading

American Farm Bureau Tells Members to ‘Ditch’ EPA Water Rule

from American Farm Bureau

Posted 6/18/2014

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 22, 2014 – The American Farm Bureau Federation today asked its members to resist a proposed rule from the Environmental Protection Agency that it says will impose unworkable regulations on the nation’s farms.

Published Monday in the Federal Register, the more-than-111,000-word “Waters of the U.S.” proposed rule reflects the EPA’s latest interpretation of the 1972 Clean Water Act. The rule could ultimately lead to the unlawful expansion of federal regulation to cover routine farming and ranching practices as well as other common private land uses, such as building homes. Continue reading

Cooperation needed to ‘get to yes,’ farmers told

CORVALLIS, Ore.– While many farmers were pleased to network and navigate policy at the first-ever Oregon Agritourism Summit on Nov. 30, some left frustrated over complex and technical regulations affecting their agritourism businesses.

The event, held in the LaSells Stewart Center at Oregon State University, drew 150 farmers, ranchers and public policy regulators with a variety of backgrounds and goals for the agritourism industry. Continue reading

Census of Ag questionnaires go out this month

By JOHN O’CONNELL
Capital Press

Posted 12/4/2012

The next national Census of Agriculture will seek more specific data on internet use and alternative energy production on farms, ranches and dairies.

The census is the only survey producers are legally required to complete. It’s conducted every five years, with the last census released in 2007.

Donald Buysse, head of the census for USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, said it helps determine emerging issues in agriculture. The last census introduced general questions asking producers if they had internet access or generated any alternative energy. Continue reading

Day of Prayer for Those Affected by Drought

from the AFB

Columbia, TN, August 22, 2012 – Tomorrow, the American Farm Bureau Federation will be asking Americans all across this nation to take time out and remember those facing severe struggles due to this year’s devastating drought. The Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation is also urging all fellow Tennesseans to give time in prayer remembering those individuals and families facing challenges related to the ongoing drought during this National Day of Prayer for Drought Victims.

 

“There is hardly a person involved in agriculture this year who has not been adversely affected by the drought of 2012,” said AFBF President Bob Stallman. “And while many farm and ranch families are feeling the effects immediately due to withered crops, parched pastures, higher feed costs, or even wildfires, the lingering effects of this drought will be felt all across our nation for many months to come.” Continue reading

Senate passes five-year farm and food bill

JIM ABRAMS

Capital Press/Associated Press

Posted June 21, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has passed a five-year, half-trillion-dollar farm bill that cuts farm subsidies and land conservation spending by about $2 billion a year. But the measure largely protects sugar growers and some 46 million food stamp beneficiaries.

 

The 64-35 vote for passage defied the political odds. Many predicted that legislation this expensive and complicated would have little chance in an election year.

 

The bill eliminates direct payments to farmers regardless of whether they plant crops. That program, which costs about $5 billion a year, has lost support at a time of big federal deficits. Continue reading

Court Backs Need for Science in Federal Water Rules

WASHINGTON, D.C., February 24, 2012 – A U.S. District Court in Tallahassee, Fla., has ruled that Environmental Protection Agency-imposed numeric nutrient criteria for Florida streams and unimpaired lakes are unlawful because they are arbitrary and have no scientific basis.

The ruling resolves several challenges to federal numeric nutrient criteria imposed by EPA on Florida waterways. The court upheld EPA’s ability to issue federal standards under the particular facts at issue in Florida and upheld some of the particular EPA standards. However, the court agreed with arguments raised by the American Farm Bureau Federation and its co-plaintiffs that two key types of restrictions were unlawful. This aspect of the ruling underscores that sound science must support such costly, federally imposed actions. Continue reading

Land Availability, Government Regs Concern Young Farmers

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 8, 2012 – The latest survey of participants in the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Young Farmers & Ranchers program shows an even split when it comes to concerns about top challenges they face today. A total of 21 percent of young farmers surveyed ranked burdensome government regulations and “red tape” as a top concern; an additional 21 percent cited securing adequate land to grow crops and raise livestock as their top challenge today.

“Most young farmers and ranchers would like to stay on the farm or ranch their entire lives,” said Glen Cope, AFBF’s national YF&R committee chair and a beef cattle producer from Missouri. “One of the biggest challenges many of us have faced is getting enough capital to start farming. And then, once we are established, regulatory costs can be the wildcard that determines whether we can be successful enough to stay on the land,” he said.

Other issues ranked as top concerns included economic challenges, particularly profitability, 11 percent; availability of farm labor and related regulations, 8 percent; and willingness of parents to turn over the reins of the farm or ranch, 7 percent. Continue reading

Legislation Replaces Science with Politics


American Farm Bureau News Release

 

WASHINGTON, D.C., January 24, 2012—The American Farm Bureau Federation today strongly criticized a bill pushed by the Humane Society of the United States and the United Egg Producers to implement an agreement they reached to replace decades of science-based animal care practices with strict government control.

 

The flawed legislation, H.R. 3798, introduced by Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.), would set a dangerous precedent by establishing federally mandated egg production practices and banning a number of other proven science-based egg production methods, according to AFBF President Bob Stallman. Continue reading