Farm Bill and taxes gain greater focus for us with lawmakers
By John Holevoet, director of government affairs
Director of Government Affairs John Holevoet met with Rep. Mike Gallagher on Nov. 9 in Washington, D.C.
Our co-op’s profile on federal issues and with policymakers in Washington, D.C., has grown substantially in the past year. The decision to hire Washington-based lobbying firm Michael Torrey & Associates (MTA) has been a big part of that success along with additional staff on our government affairs team.
In late October, I had the chance to serve on a Farm Bill panel at a conference put on by Cooperative Network, an organization representing co-ops, both dairy and otherwise, in Wisconsin and Minnesota. In addition to representatives from Wisconsin Farm Bureau and Minnesota Farmers Union, we were joined on the panel by staff from four different congressional offices. Those offices, Sean Duffy, R-Wis., Ron Kind, D-Wis., Collin Peterson, D-Minn., and Tom Emmer, R-Mich., allowed for a bipartisan discussion of ag-centric issues with people representing both states.
Cream for butter production is readily accessible. Butter makers are actively producing butter. However, some manufacturers have slowed down churning and other have halted butter production until after the holiday season. Although holiday demand is drawing down inventories, supplies remain sufficient. Bulk butter prices range from 3 cents under to 8 cents over the CME average.
The United States, Mexico and Canada failed to resolve any major differences in a fifth round of talks to rework the NAFTA trade deal, drawing a swift complaint from the Trump administration on Tuesday that the lack of progress could doom the process.
Livestock farmers have been granted a two-month reprieve in reporting air emissions under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) and Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA).
It’s do-or-die time for Senate Republicans on tax reform.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) doesn't appear to have locked down 50 votes for his party’s tax overhaul, with at least half a dozen GOP senators showing varying levels of concern about the legislation released earlier this month.
Effective Dec. 1, 2017, China is unilaterally lowering its cheese tariffs from 12 percent to 8 percent. The move will immediately boost U.S. export competitiveness in China and help U.S. suppliers take a larger role in meeting the nation's booming cheese demand.