“Rep. Spartz’s amendment targets programs like the Beef Checkoff and is a direct attack on America’s farmers and ranchers,” NCBA policy division vice chair Tim Schwab says. “The Beef Checkoff conducts critical nutrition and food safety research, strengthens consumer demand for beef, and helps farms and ranches stay in business. I hope Rep. Spartz withdraws her amendment and sides with Indiana agriculture over animal rights activists.”
Farm Action Releases Briefing Paper, “Balancing the U.S. Agricultural Trade Deficit with Higher-Value Food Crops”
As the U.S. ag trade deficit is forecast to increase by 45%, our research shows we could balance it by converting less than .5% of farmland to high-value crops.