Category : Legislative News

Amanda Emich, USDA’s Director of Web Communications posted this blog, “What’s Next for Agriculture? Secretary Vilsack Wants to Hear from You!”  today at 12:00 pm to encourage agriculturalists to participate in the social media chat with Secretary Vilsack.  Read the information below and participate!  If you do, let us know by tweeting us at @MidAtFarmCredit. —————. Read More »

This Farm Bill blog is from USDA’s blog.  It was written by Rachael Dubinsky and Rebecca Frank, Office of Communications, on December 7, 2012.  We are strictly sharing the importance of young people to care about the farm bill.   As young people that grew up in urban areas, it’s easy to wonder why we,. Read More »

Check out the blog entry below from USDA about their work with Farm Service Agency to bring more credit options to our veterans.  Our very own Elizabeth Benetiz and Karen Swecker were on the agenda to talk about Farm Credit at the symposium.   Bringing Credit Options to Our Veterans   Althea Raiford retired from the Navy in. Read More »

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Says Record Ag Exports Under Obama Administration are Growing Pennsylvania Small Businesses   Press Release: USDA Office of Communications (Contact: 202.720.3088)   LEOLA, Pa., Oct. 17, 2012—Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack traveled to Pennsylvania this week to highlight the Obama Administration’s efforts to achieve and expand upon record agricultural exports since 2008. Under. Read More »

By Kurt Fuchs, Government Affairs Officer   Over the past couple of weeks, two major legal cases with serious implications for agricultural production in the region and across the country have seen their opening days in court. On Thursday, October 4th the oral arguments in American Farm Bureau Federation v Environmental Protection Agency were heard. Read More »

Are you still feeling the heat of the recent drought?  Well, help may be on the way.   On August 29, 2012 the United States Department of Agriculture designated 13 Maryland Counties as primary natural disaster areas because of the damage and losses caused by drought and excessive heat that has occurred since April 20,. Read More »

 The 2012 Farm Bill is definitely the “buzz word” throughout the agriculture industry right now.  As agriculturalists, we know the bill is important, but trying to understand it is confusing and very complex.  So what you’re really wondering is…what is it, what’s the process, and how does it affect me?     The Farm Bill. Read More »

The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture recently visited a university in Virginia to speak about the need to get young farmers going in the industry. Secretary Tom Vilsack was on the campus of Virginia State University in Ettrick and spoke about how he’d like more young people to pursue a career in farming, according to the. Read More »

The full senate of West Virginia is preparing to debate whether the state Department of Agriculture should oversee operations at deer farms, according to West Virginia Metro News. The state senate finance committee earlier this week passed the bill, which proposes pulling the responsibility away from the Department of Natural Resources. “The biggest thing we’re. Read More »

A group of high school students in Pennsylvania who are considering becoming young farmers recently spoke to the state’s secretary of agriculture. Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary George D. Greig met with six students from Kutztown High School who are all members of the Future Farmers of America, according to the Reading Eagle. Greig spoke with the. Read More »