USFRA: Version 2.0 Starts Now

Erin Fitzgerald started her new role as CEO this week, and she is trying to unify the organization’s eight-year effort to tell the story of agriculture in America.


Thatcher: Proposed Farm Bill Faces Headwinds

“This is not your grandfather’s farm bill.”

Mary Kay Thatcher, now the senior lead of Federal Government Relations with Syngenta, shared her insights about the current farm bill, which passed the House Agriculture Committee this week. It passed on a straight party-line vote of 26-20. Every farm bill (she’s been through eight farm bills) is difficult, Thatcher said. The 2018 farm bill is more challenging, since there is no incremental money available from the federal budget.


Northey Starts Work at USDA

Bill Northey is sworn in to serve the USDA as Under Secretary of Farm Production and Conservation under Secretary Sonny Perdue.