John Pagel, board president of Edge (left), met with Peter Bachmann, policy adviser to Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, earlier this month in Washington, D.C., to talk about Farm Bill priorities for the members of our dairy farmer cooperative (formerly Dairy Business Milk Marketing Cooperative). Those priorities were outlined in a follow-up letter to Perdue. Edge’s director of government affairs, John Holevoet (not pictured), joined Pagel for the meeting, which was one of a number of Capitol Hill visits.
Cream supplies are fairly evenly distributed throughout the United States for butter production. Production is mixed as many manufacturers are churning butter,however some balancing plants are putting off churning until after Christmas. In addition, other butter makers are selling cream back onto
the spot market. Butter inventories are adequate and meet customers’ needs and spot load requests. The demand is steady to strong due to increased holiday and end of year needs.
The tax cut bill that the House passed on Thursday differs significantly from the Senate version in several areas, including the timing and permanence of the tax cuts and its treatment of the Affordable Care Act.
The Senate, which is expected to pass its bill through the Senate Finance Committee on Friday, will eventually have to rectify its differences with the House bill.
The Environment Protection Agency is looking to delay the start date for the Obama adminstration's Water of the U.S. rule for two years, giving the agency and the Army Corps of Engineers more times to reconsider a key definition that is at the heart of litigation opposing the regulation.
Negotiations in Mexico to update NAFTA have not made much progress on tough U.S. demands that could sink the 1994 trade pact, but the current round of talks are progressing with civility, some participants said on Saturday.