As I’ve said many a time, we’re coming to a point where America will have to decide if we’re going to import workers or import our food.
The U.S. is the only major industrialized country that cannot legally grow hemp as a crop.
Thanks to our grassroots policy process, MFB is confident in the direction from our members and is able to resolve a lot of things before they become real issues.
The tax-reform framework that was released last week is very promising, but it is only a start and there is still much work to be done.
"Relevant data should be presented in ways that inform the discussion . . . rather than in ways that distort information or confuse the debate."
If you stay focused on building your reputation as a credible resource, you have a better chance of making all your words count, even if you don’t get the last word.
Fyrwald says he agrees with the definition of sustainable agriculture recently put forward by French minister Stephane Travert: “The objective is to have affordable food with tools that are safe for the farmers, for consumers, and good for environment.”
There are a lot of glass-half-empty people out there who are quick to criticize today’s agriculture, but the facts tell a different story.
We must invest now in science, surveillance, systems to minimize threat of foodborne terrorism.
Annual supply control programs or long-term programs are ideas that never worked really well, and they certainly do not recognize the realities of agriculture in the second and third decades of the 21st century.
Addressing the issue of depression in farmers would be a better use of this particular forum.
It is generally well accepted that a building permit is not required for buildings used for agricultural purposes if the building does not include retail trade.
Farming is a capital-intensive business, with land, equipment and facilities that can run into millions of dollars.
As more employers plan to use the H-2A program, completing the following items this year will make an easier transition to H-2A employment.
The dairy industry is facing a challenging time, a cyclical downturn that’s lasted longer than in previous cycles, and is expected to continue for at least the near-term.
Farming is a challenging undertaking, with long days that start early and are filled with physical demands from running the tractor to calving cows to fixing equipment to repairing fence posts.