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Federal Policy Issues for NEFU 2013 Convention (Chandler Goule, NFU)


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Chandler Goule, NFU, presents federal policy issues at NEFU's 2013 Convention, December 2013. COOL, Farm Bill and more.

Chandler Goule, NFU, presents federal policy issues at NEFU's 2013 Convention, December 2013. COOL, Farm Bill and more.

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  • Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow of MichiganSen. Patrick Leahy of VermontSen. Tom Harkin of IowaSen. Max Baucus of MontanaSen. Sherrod Brown of OhioSen. Amy Klobuchar of MinnesotaSen. Michael Bennet of ColoradoSen. Thad Cochran of MississippiSen. Saxby Chambliss of GeorgiaSen. Pat Roberts of KansasSen. John Boozman (Boz-man) of ArkansasSen. John Hoeven of North Dakota
  • From the House Agriculture Committee:REPUBLICANSChairman Frank Lucas (Okla.) Steve King (Iowa)Randy Neugebauer (Texas)Mike Rogers (Ala.)Michael Conaway (Texas)Glenn Thompson (Pa.)Austin Scott (Ga.)Rick Crawford (Ark.)Martha Roby (Ala.)Kristi Noem (S.D.)Jeff Denham (Calif.)Rodney Davis (Ill.) DEMOCRATSRanking Member Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) Mike McIntyre (N.C.)Jim Costa (Calif.)Tim Walz (Minn.)Kurt Schrader (Ore.)Jim McGovern (Mass.)Suzan DelBene (Wash.)Gloria Negrete McLeod(Calif.)Filemon Vela (Texas)
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    • 1. NFU Membership
    • 2. Membership Benefits Your membership pays for itself! • Here is what NFU members say about the new Office Depot discount: “We saved so much on school supplies… I couldn’t believe it!” “I saved $50 on a $75 order!”
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    • 4. Save on… • Your next wireless cell phone • Lifelock identity theft protection • Constant Contact email marketing • Piped-in gas or electric bill (selected states)
    • 5. Only you can help Farmers Union to grow! • “Nobody Asked Me!” - Invite your neighbors • Top recruiters receive NFU Awards, from caps and shirts to Cabela’s gift certificates • Ask your state office for Awards referral form
    • 6. Get involved, learn & share! • Join us in Santa Fe for National Convention: March 8 – 11, 2014 • Sign up for Women’s Conference in Florida!
    • 7. Government Relations Update
    • 8. Lingering Effects of the Shutdown • Sixteen day shutdown • Short-term CR through Jan. 15 • Debt ceiling extended to Feb.
    • 9. Lingering Effects of the Shutdown • Natural disasters need a response • USDA, FEMA unable to respond • Farm bill lapse causes further problems
    • 10. Latest Farm Bill Developments
    • 11. Farm Bill Conferees – Senate
    • 12. Farm Bill Conferees – Senate
    • 13. Farm Bill Conferees – House Ag Committee
    • 14. Additional Farm Bill Conferees House Ways & Means Committee House Foreign Affairs Committee House Leadership
    • 15. Farm Bill Conferees – House
    • 16. Major Farm Bill Conference Asks • Keep “permanent law” • Set fixed reference prices • Include dairy stabilization program • Mandatory funding for energy title • Oppose changes to COOL • Support farmers market and local foods programs
    • 17. NFU Priorities – Senate vs. House • Smaller cuts to nutrition (5 years) • Dairy stabilization • Energy title funding • COOL & GIPSA – no changes • Compliance • Title I payment limits • Title I price protection (PLC) • Beginning Farmer programs
    • 18. Other Issues in Play • Nutrition cuts – $39.5 billion (HOUSE) vs. $4.5 billion (SENATE) • Crop insurance – Conservation compliance – SENATE – Premium subsidy reductions based on income • • • • Oppose efforts to undo COOL Title I Payment & Eligibility Limits – SENATE Beginning Farmer & Rancher Program – HOUSE Organic Ag. Research & Extension – HOUSE
    • 19. Other Issues in Play • Oppose weakening GIPSA • Specialty Crop Research Initiative – HOUSE • Rural Energy for America Program – Blender pumps – SENATE – Feasibility studies – HOUSE • Reauthorize Specialty Crop Block Grants – HOUSE • FIFRA vs. CWA
    • 20. What Should a Farm Safety Net Do? Help in times of disaster - Crop insurance - Disaster programs (especially livestock) Protect against long-term price declines - Target (or reference) prices
    • 21. Country-of-Origin Labeling • New rules took effect November 23 – Response to WTO’s decision that the COOL law was okay, but implementation needed to change – Packers, processors, Canadians & Mexicans filed suit against USDA – NFU has intervened on USDA’s side – Don’t change the law! Make a contribution online at:
    • 22. Country-of-Origin Labeling • Backlash from Canada – Threatens trade retaliation, claims $1 billion loss – WTO prevents unilateral action – Canadians now lobbying in Washington • Packers are the real culprit – Tyson stopped buying Canadian cattle – Real costs of COOL: 1/3rd of a penny per pound
    • 23. Other Policy Issues
    • 24. Food Safety Modernization Act • FSMA is a well-intentioned reform effort • No major changes to food safety laws since 1940s • Prevention rather than reaction • NFU commented on two rules: Produce Rule & Preventive Controls Rule • A second comment period is needed
    • 25. 2014 International Year of Family Farming • United Nations - worldwide • NFU will be the U.S. leader • Monthly themed events United to Grow Family Agriculture
    • 26. 2014 International Year of Family Farming January: International Year of Family Farming February: Consumers March: The Marketplace April: Renewable Energy May: Rural Life June: Developing Leaders
    • 27. 2014 International Year of Family Farming July: The Future of Agriculture August: Local Economies September: Farm Safety October: Communities & Cooperatives November: Ending World Hunger December: Global Marketplace
    • 28. @NFUDC National Farmers Union