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AgDay Daily Recap -January 15, 2014

January 15, 2014
 
 

TODAY ON AGDAY

JANUARY 15, 2014

 

AFBF CONVENTION:

GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. DELEGATES FROM THE AMERICAN FARM BUREAU ARE HEADED HOME AS THE 95TH ANNUAL CONVENTION COMES TO A CLOSE. AGRICULTURE SECRETARY TOM VILSACK ALSO SPOKE TO THE CONVENTION DELEGATES ABOUT THE UN-FINISHED FARM BILL.

BUDGET BILL:

IT SOUNDS LIKE AN AGREEMENT HAS BEEN REACHED IN WASHINGTON ON AN OMNIBUS SPENDING BILL. IT WOULD FUND THE GOVERNMENT FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE FISCAL YEAR.  THE BILL PROVIDES JUST OVER 1-TRILLION DOLLARS FOR THE GOVERNMENT - INCLUDING 20.9-BILLION IN DISCRETIONARY FUNDING FOR USDA, THE FDA, THE CFTC AND THE FARM CREDIT ADMINISTRATION. AS PART OF THAT BILL-- U.S. SENATOR MIKE JOHANNS, SAYS LANGUAGE TARGETING OVER-REACH BY O-SH-A IS INCLUDED. JOHANNS SAYS HE'S TRYING TO CLARIFY A 30 PLUS YEAR-OLD PROVISION THAT PROHIBITS OSHA FROM REGULATING FARMS WITH FEWER THAN 10 EMPLOYEES. HE SAYS A 2011 MEMO FROM OSHA CLAIMED THE AGENCY COULD REGULATE CERTAIN TYPES OF GRAIN HANDLING ACTIVITY.

HORSE SLAUGHTER BILL:

ALSO INCLUDED IN THE BUDGET LANGUAGE TO EFFECTIVELY REINSTATE A FEDERAL BAN ON HORSE SLAUGHTER. IT CUTS FUNDING FOR INSPECTIONS AT A NEW MEXICO COMPANY AND OTHER PLANTS. PROFARMER WASHINGTON CONSULTANT JIM WIESEMEYER SAYS THE LEGISLATION SPECIFIES THAT NO MONEY PROVIDED BY THE BILL CAN BE USED FOR SALARIES OR EXPENSES OF PERSONNEL PERFORMING INSPECTIONS OF HORSES INTENDED FOR SLAUGHTER.

CROP WATCH:

LET'S GET OUR FIRST LOOK AT FARM COUNTRY WEATHER. FOR THAT, HERE'S MIKE HOFFMAN.

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