The American Farm Bureau Federation wrapped up their annual meeting in Honolulu last week. Mark McHargue is the Vice-President of the Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation and attended the convention. He says there was much conversation about the Farm Bill. They took out language that members supported direct payments and pushed to put more ground back into production. McHargue stated that good soil should be used for production and CRP acres reserved for marginal ground.
Other issues discussed include using GPS on tractors and other equipment to measure acres and use that data in Farm Service Agency reporting. Regarding livestock, McHargue said they wanted to make sure cattle less than 18 months that were going directly to slaughter didn’t fall under the mandated livestock traceability program. They also wanted to make sure that use of the hot iron brand could be used as official identification of livestock.
Other issues discussed were allowing livestock producers to use animal health products without increased veterinary supervision to opposing food fad promotions that limit consumer choices.