Every five or so years, the U.S. Congress has the difficult task of trying to pass an act that will guide the future of the agriculture industry, while simultaneously trying to minimize the rural/urban divide. This act historically has gone by many names, but is universally known as the “farm bill” and sets the table for some of the most efficient and innovative minds to help feed the world. It’s never easy to pass, not due to partisan politics generally, but rather as a result of where Americans call home.
Mike Johanns, who worked on farm bills as both an Agriculture Secretary and U.S. senator, is becoming less optimistic that Congress will complete a farm bill this year.
Johanns, in a phone interview with DTN, noted the problem with debate over the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and mid-term elections are complicating the prospects.
Two former U.S. agriculture secretaries express hope that trade tensions between the U.S. and China will soon be over. China is making good on tariff threats, imposing about $3 billion worth on 128 products ranging from pork to steel pipes.
It’s a Farmer Forum Wednesday…with a twist! Host Chip Flory calls Ken McCauley from Kansas, and Kevin Paap from Minnesota to the plate as Former Sen. Mike Johanns joins the program to talk with the farmers. In their first segment Chip asks what the Senator has been working on, and gets his thoughts on several trade issues.
Farmers have a lot on their wishlist for tax reform, should Congress ever get to it, but former Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns says many in agriculture aren’t taking advantage of a key credit already available to them. The former Nebraska governor, who led the USDA under President George W. Bush before serving a stint in the Senate, is on a mission to get farmers to use the federal R&D tax credit. That provision provides a dollar-for-dollar credit when a business tries something new in its operation, Johanns told MA.
Former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Mike Johanns, is joining alliantgroup as the firm’s new Chairmen of Agriculture. Mahindra North America and RFD-TV are honoring first responders with an essay contest. Police departments, firefighter departments, and EMTs are eligible to be nominated by anyone over the age of 18.