Category Archives: At The Capitol

Senate Votes to Keep Farm Machinery Legally on the Road with SB 509

A wide coalition of farm groups are applauding the Wisconsin State Senate’s passage of a bill that will allow farmers to legally operate machinery on roadways this year. By a bipartisan voice vote the State Senate approved Senate Bill 509, authored by State Senator Jerry Petrowski (R-Marathon) and State Representative Keith Ripp (R-Lodi), on Tuesday, […]

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Ag Day at the Capitol is January 29

MADISON – Ag Day at the Capitol will be held January 29 at the Monona Terrace in Madison. Ag Day at the Capitol is the largest gathering of farmers from across the state representing a variety of farm groups to learn more about state issues and meet with their state legislators. Hot topics on the […]

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Wisconsin Farm Bureau Statement on House Passage of Farm Bill

Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation President Jim Holte issued the following statement on today’s passage of the 2013 Farm Bill by the U.S. House: “No matter how many legislative twists and turns, the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation remains committed to meaningful reform within the next U.S. farm bill. Here in Wisconsin, agriculture represents over $59 billion […]

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Statement on House Failing to Pass Farm Bill

Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation President Jim Holte issued the following statement regarding the failure of the U.S. House to pass the 2013 Farm Bill. “We are very disappointed with this vote to not pass the 2013 Farm Bill. Agriculture represents over $59 billion in annual economic activity for Wisconsin. The farm bill proposals before the […]

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Death Tax Repeal Act ‘Gets the Job Done’

The American Farm Bureau Federation supports legislation introduced today in both the House and Senate that would permanently repeal the estate tax. Sen. John Thune’s (R-S.D.) bill, The Death Tax Repeal Act of 2013, coupled with bipartisan legislation of the same title introduced by Reps. Kevin Brady (R-Texas) and Mike McIntyre (D-N.C.), is welcomed by […]

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Statement on Senate Approval of WRDA

Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation President Jim Holte issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Senate’s passage of S. 601, the Water Resources Development Act: “This is a long-sought legislative priority for the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation. As such, we are very pleased that Senator Tammy Baldwin supported these critically important infrastructural upgrades. The health of […]

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AFBF Urges Congress to Keep Current Tax Tools

Farmers and ranchers need a tax code to manage the risks associated with agriculture while complying with tax liabilities, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation. In a statement filed today with the House Ways and Means Committee for a hearing on small business taxation, AFBF urged congressional members to maintain cash accounting tools and […]

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WRDA Passage Essential for Economic Growth

Passage of the Water Resources Development Act of 2013 (S. 601), is essential to America’s economic growth, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation. In a joint letter with 20 other agricultural groups, AFBF told members of the Senate that passage of WRDA would authorize new projects for flood protection, port improvements and upgrades to […]

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New Legislation Needed to Maintain Movement of Grains

New legislation introduced in the House, H.R. 1152, The Mississippi River Navigation Sustainment Act, would maintain the critical movement of goods during periods of extreme weather, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation. “The Mississippi River is a critical national transportation artery on which hundreds of millions of tons of essential commodities are shipped, such […]

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Farm Bureau Urges Support for Fruit, Veggie Farmers

Providing new farm bill programs for fruit and vegetable farmers would help ensure a strong agricultural economy and benefit the health of the entire nation, American Farm Bureau Federation Vice President Barry Bushue told Congress today. “The farm bill helps farmers and ranchers deal with the risks that threaten their ability to produce the food, […]

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