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The American Farm Bureau Federation voiced support on April 9 for legislation in Congress that would give the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authority on the use and labeling of foods containing genetically modified ingredients.

 

Just before spring came to Virginia, Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed legislation that could mean a new beginning for many Virginia farmers and local food operations.

 

Virginia’s senators were among members of Congress who voted to pass the 2014 Farm Bill, which now goes to President Obama for a final signature.

 

County Farm Bureau leaders from across Virginia will speak with state legislators about issues of interest to farmers during Virginia Farm Bureau Federation’s annual Legislative Day on Feb. 12. The event’s theme will be “Ask Me About My Farm.”

 

Farmers across the country are applauding the U.S. House of Representatives’ passage of H.R. 2642, the five-year Agricultural Act of 2014.

 

Virginia’s oldest and most powerful economic sector now has a development fund, and the latest round of planning grants to help spur business activity in the countryside were announced late last year.

 

County Farm Bureau leaders from across Virginia will speak with state legislators about issues of interest to farmers during Virginia Farm Bureau Federation’s annual Legislative Day on Jan. 23. The event’s theme will be “Ask Me About My Farm.”

 

County Farm Bureau leaders from across Virginia will speak with state legislators about issues of interest to farmers during Virginia Farm Bureau Federation’s annual Legislative Day on Jan. 23. The event’s theme will be “Ask Me About My Farm.”

 

American farmers and ranchers are again setting their sights on a new federal farm bill.

 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency is reminding farmers and ranchers who participate in FSA programs to plan accordingly in the 2014 fiscal year for automatic spending reductions known as sequestration.

 

Members of the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation are gearing up to discuss critical issues with state legislators in order to bring them up to speed in time for the 2014 General Assembly.

 

Virginia Farm Bureau Federation AgPAC has announced its endorsement of Ken Cuccinelli, the Republican candidate for governor; Ralph S. Northam, the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor; and Mark D. Obenshain, the Republican candidate for attorney general.

 

Gubernatorial candidates Ken Cuccinelli and Terry McAuliffe shared their thoughts on the future of farming and forestry in Virginia Aug. 2 at a forum at Wytheville Community College.

 

The nation’s largest farm advocacy organization on June 27 welcomed passage by the U.S. Senate of the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013.

 

The American Farm Bureau Federation last week voiced support for legislation introduced in both the House and Senate that would permanently repeal the federal estate tax: the Death Tax Repeal Act of 2013.

 

Prince George County Farm Bureau has taken steps to build a relationship with local animal control officers after some agricultural animals were seized from a local farm.

 

A comprehensive immigration reform bill has moved from the Senate Judicial Committee’s consideration to the full Senate for debate. The American Farm Bureau Federation says one big question the bill should raise is whether Americans want to import farm labor or farm products.

 

The next federal farm bill gained momentum last week when the Senate and House agriculture committees approved their respective versions of the bill.

 

Sen. Mark R. Warner, D-Va., said the so-called Gang of Eight’s current immigration bill “is the best chance in 35 years to fix a broken immigration system.”

 

Heated debates over reintroducing elk to Southwest Virginia have resumed in four localities this spring, prompted by a Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries proposal to prohibit any hunting of elk in Lee, Russell, Scott and Tazewell counties.

 

It has a long way to go before becoming law, but the introduction of a bipartisan immigration reform bill is significant for U.S. agriculture.

 

The American Farm Bureau Federation sent a federal farm bill proposal to Congress April 8 that offers risk management and safety net tools to benefit a wide range of farms while saving $23 billion compared to the cost of continuing the current program.

 

The Virginia General Assembly adjourned Feb. 23 with an amended budget that included funding for an additional staff person to assist farmers with wildlife damage to crops and livestock.

 

Sen. Emmett W. Hanger Jr., (R-Mount Solon) rounded the corner to his General Assembly office and came face to face with a hallway full of farmers.

 

The incoming Congress has its work cut out for it, and the nation’s farmers hope a new federal farm bill will be a priority.

 

Virginia Farm Bureau Federation members will talk with state legislators about issues of interest to farmers back home and statewide during the organization’s annual Legislative Day on Jan. 22.

 

Virginia farmers are pleased with Gov. Bob McDonnell’s announcement of a new initiative to help them implement conservation practices.

 

Some of the most pressing issues facing agriculture and the nation must be addressed during the lame-duck session of Congress that began Nov. 13, American Farm Bureau Federation leaders have noted.

 

Nine Virginia members of the 112th Congress received the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Friend of Farm Bureau Award. The award is given at the end of each Congress to those members who were nominated by their respective state Farm Bureaus and approved by the AFBF board of directors. 

 

The American Farm Bureau Federation has united with more than 35 other agricultural organizations to urge Congressional lawmakers to pass a five-year farm bill before the current programs expire this month. 

 

U.S. Senate candidates George Allen and Tim Kaine pledged support for U.S. agriculture and forestry July 27 at the Agriculture and Forestry U.S. Senate Candidates Forum. 

 

Farmers and ranchers are working to stop an effort by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to regulate waterways Congress never intended the agency to regulate.

 

The U.S. Supreme Court issued a 5-4 ruling June 28 upholding President Obama’s health care legislation, which includes a requirement that all people have health insurance. That same day the nation’s largest agricultural organization voiced its apprehension.

 

The nation’s largest farm organization is pleased that the U.S. Senate approved its version of the 2012 Farm Bill 64-35.

 

The details of the 2012 farm bill are being ironed out in Congress now, as much of the current law in the 2008 farm bill expires in 2012.

 

National farm policy must strike a balance between the need for a strong, effective safety net to protect farmers and ranchers against catastrophic revenue losses and fiscal soundness for the nation, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation.

 

Farmers said their Jan. 24 visits to members of the General Assembly during Legislative Day were a critical step in securing a constitutional amendment to protect private property.

 

Allowing Sunday hunting would create a lose-lose situation for Virginia citizens, and the state’s largest farm advocacy group continues to oppose it.

 

U.S. farmers are watching as House-approved HR 1633, the Farm Dust Regulation Prevention Act, settles in the Senate for consideration.

 

As farmers face huge cuts to farm programs under the proposed 2012 Farm Bill, they will be paying more for crop insurance and receiving fewer direct payments.

 

Virginia Farm Bureau Federation leaders will tell their state legislators which issues matter most to the state’s farmers during the annual VFBF Legislative Day on Jan. 24.

 

Virginia representatives will join more than 5,000 Farm Bureau members from across the nation in shaping policies important to farmers and ranchers Jan. 8-11. 

 

Farmers and others who drive commercial motor vehicles will be subject to stricter rules governing the use of hand-held mobile phones starting Jan. 3, 2012.

 

In federal farm policy recommendations sent to Congress on Sept. 29, the American Farm Bureau Federation said continuing most current federal farm programs is the best way to ensure a farm safety net that works for all commodities and regions of the country.

 

The Virginia General Assembly has passed a new redistricting plan for state electoral districts and will be tackling federal voting districts later this summer.

 

A constitutional amendment to tighten the definition of public use under eminent domain passed in the General Assembly this year.

 

Why are rural Virginians concerned about political redistricting?

 

The 2012 Farm Bill will provide a safety net for U.S. agriculture, and that’s important for Americans in general, a U.S. Department of Agriculture official noted March 17 at Virginia’s third annual Agricultural Trade Workshop.

 

Virginia farmers recently explained to their state legislators why they have been fighting proposed federal water quality regulations and why they want to see Virginia’s constitution amended.

 

Farmers from all over Virginia met with their state senators and delegates Jan. 25 during Virginia Farm Bureau Federation’s annual Legislative Day.
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