South Dakota Farmers Union (SDFU) President Doug Sombke released the following statement after the U.S. Department of Labor yesterday announced it was abandoning efforts to change rules governing youth who work in agriculture.
South Dakota Farmers Union President Doug Sombke today praised an effort led by Rep. Kristi Noem, R-S.D., to protect livestock producers through the new farm bill who become victims of disaster. Rep. Noem has introduced the Livestock Disaster Protection Act which would implement permanent baseline funding over the next five years of the farm bill to reimburse producers who lose animals due to adverse weather conditions.
National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson sent a letter to U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., and Ranking Member Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Tuesday, praising their work on the 2012 Farm Bill while also urging them to strengthen certain programs within the legislation.
National Farmers Union (NFU) has released the final report from a study by the University of Tennessee Agricultural Policy Analysis Center on the effects that a Market-Driven Inventory System (MDIS) would have on U.S. agriculture. Phase I of the study, released in September 2011, examines the effects MDIS would have had on extreme crop price volatility and government payments from 1998 to 2010, while Phase II reviews the effects of MDIS from 2012 to 2021.