USDA to Assist Farmers Impacted by Tariffs

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has announced that the USDA will be making efforts to assist farmers who have been affected by the recent tariffs imposed by China. This comes from the direction of President Trump who wanted a short-term relief strategy to protect producers, upholding his promise to protect them. The strategy will…

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USDA Announces WHIP+

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced this week that producers who have been affected by 2018 & 2019 natural disasters will now be able to apply for assistance through the Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program Plus (WHIP+). The program’s creation was authorized by the Supplemental Relief Act of 2019 passed by Congress and signed by…

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Urgent: Ask Congress to Renew Tax Incentive

The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) is urging Congress to act before the end of this year and provide a multiyear extension of the expired biodiesel and renewable diesel tax incentive. NBB is respectfully asking Congress, at a minimum, to extend the tax incentive for 2018 and 2019. Congress must approve remaining appropriations bills or a…

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Trade Aid for Farmers Impacted by Tariffs

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced yesterday that USDA will be assisting farmers in response to the continued toll that the tariffs have taken on the industry. The administration authorized $16 billion in aid programs that will be overseen by USDA while they continue to work on trade relations. The dollar amount is an estimate…

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Soybeans on the Hill

Five growers from NC made the trip to Washington, DC this week to spend time with the state’s Representatives and Senators. The trip was a part of the American Soybean Association’s summer board meeting that included a day of Capitol Hill visits. NC’s ASA Representative Jimmy Thomas, NCSPA Secretary Gary Hendrix, NC SoyPAC Chair Michael…

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Secretary Perdue Visits NC

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue visited North Carolina on Monday to survey the damage from winds and flooding brought on by Hurricane Florence. Congressman David Rouzer joined Secretary Perdue and USDA’s Cheif of Staff & NC native Ray Starling. The team spent the first part of the morning, riding through eastern NC to see the effects that…

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NCSPA Growers Go to Capitol Hill

Five growers from NCSPA’s board went to Capitol Hill last week to agvocate for North Carolina ag.  The week kicked off with a visit with Ray Starling, USDA Chief of Staff. Starling, a North Carolina native, heard and related to the concerns of our growers. The following day the group meet with Congressmen David Rouzer…

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National Ag Leaders Roundtable

Friday, August 3rd, leaders from across NC and the country gathered to discuss the future of agriculture on a national scale. The conversation was organized by Congressman David Rouzer and Senator Thom Tillis in light of the recent nuisance lawsuits that are targeting eastern NC hog farmers. The roundtable was held at the NC State Fairgrounds…

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Long-Awaited Trade News for Ag Community

This week the agriculture community had two major victories in trade with the signing of the China Phase 1 deal and Congress’ passing of USMCA. The House of Representatives passed USMCA 385-41 in December before they left for recess after over a year of back and forth negotiations. The Senate was able to take up…

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Long Awaited Federal Disaster Aid & 2019 NC Farm Act

$19.1 Billion Approved for Federal Disaster Aid President Trump signed the $19.1 billion federal disaster bill after the House of Representatives was finally able to pass it through (354-58) this week. The bill failed three times in the past several weeks while the House was not in session (the House majority was looking for a unanimous vote). The approval of the…

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