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Beef Checkoff sets FY2012 plan-operating committee approves 39 proposals

The Cattlemen’s Beef Board will invest about $39.8 million, from a total budget of about $42.1 million, into programs of beef promotion, research, consumer information, industry information, foreign marketing and producer communications in Fiscal Year 2012,...

Cattlemen’s Beef Board hires Polly Ruhland as CEO

Polly Ruhland is the new Chief Executive Officer of the Cattlemen's Beef Board, as hired yesterday by the Beef Board Executive Committee. Ruhland has been serving as the interim CEO since June 28, and the...

President Obama proposes elimination of Direct Payment, NCGA President responds

The White House is asking agriculture to tighten its belt as part of President Obama’s overall federal budget deficit reduction plan. Obama’s proposed deficit reduction plan calls for $33 billion in agricultural cuts in...

Secretary of Agriculture to meet with Washington Public Policy Conference attendees at USDA Headquarters

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will join Washington Public Policy Conference attendees at the headquarters of the U.S. Department of Agriculture on October 5 for a candid meeting to discuss the current policy landscape for...

International group promotes National Farm Safety and Health Week

The International Society for Agricultural Safety and Health (ISASH) has updated its membership list and made members’ contact information available online (www.isash.org) in conjunction with National Farm Safety and Health Week, September 18-24, 2011....

New partnership expands support for telling agriculture’s story

A strategic partnership between The AgChat Foundation (ACF) and the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) brings together two organizations passionate about keeping today’s American agriculture successful. Through coordinated efforts, the groups will work...

Hoeven says Senate passes nearly $7 billion in disaster aid

Senator John Hoeven today said U.S. Senate passage of a nearly $7 billion disaster aid package, which includes some funding for Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), represents an important step forward in the process...

“The Food Dialogues” Coming Next Week

The U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) is hosting “The Food Dialogues” - a town hall-style discussion to address Americans’ questions about how their food is grown and raised and the long-term impact of...

Obama and Boehner look to expand Super Committee’s task

President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) both added this week to the super committee’s already-considerable to-do list, while the director of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) said the panel must decide...

Farm Rescue’s Gross receives Honorary Farmer of the Year Award

The founder of Farm Rescue was recently named the Honorary Farmer of the Year in Quincy, WA, during a citywide celebration on Farmer Consumer Awareness Day (FCAD). “We chose Bill as this year’s Honorary...

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