Senator Jerry Moran Weighs In On Agricultural Appropriations, Dept. of Labor and MoreFri, 11 Nov 2011 10:16:30 CST
There are a variety of issues that have been topics of discussion in Congress lately. Ron Hays sat down with U.S. Senator Jerry Moran from Kansas to talk about a few of these agricultural issues including the 2012 Farm Bill, the potential HSUS and USDA forum, the efforts being made with Agricultural Appropriations bills, and the Dept. of Labor changing rules regarding farms and ranches.
With regard to the Agricultural Appropriations bills, Sen. Moran says that there are three bills and one of these bills is agriculture related that is included in the conference report. With the conference committee meeting once so far and now beginning to have the conversations relevant to these bills, Moran believes that this conference will linger for the next few weeks to come.
One issue in particular being discuss is the GIPSA rule. The House took the position that everyone needs to take a step back and the Dept. of Agriculture should not implement those GIPSA rules. The Senate didn't address this issue but are continuing to ask Agricultural Secretary Tom Vilsack to allow a comment period after the economic analysis is completed, which Moran says he believes to be very important.
With the Dept. of Labor looking to change regulations, Sen. Moran says they have asked the department to slow down with these changes and have asked many farmers and ranchers to comment on this issue. Moran says that these proposed rule changes have significant consequences on a way of life, upon involving family members in their own farm, as well as, working for a neighbor.
Another significant change it could have is on the FFA, 4-H, and Extension programs. Moran says that these programs help to provide safety education and involving young people in agriculture today and that could change. The Dept. of Labor has extended the comment period for another 30 days but Moran says that is probably not significant and the real issue is whether these rules make sense and if they will affect the family farm.
Click on the LISTEN bar below to hear more from Ron and Senator Jerry Moran as they discuss more on these topics of Agricultural Appropriations and the Dept. of Labor, as well as, the 2012 Farm Bill and the HSUS and USDA forum.
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