Washington Update for CSBA

Washington Update 
CSBA

 February 6, 2014

 

The new year began with lawmakers facing many issues that were left unfinished in 2013. Upon returning in January, Congress approved a $1.1 trillion appropriations bill to fund the federal government through September 30, 2014. Legislators continued to look for a path forward on the debt ceiling and tax reform, and attention continued to swirl around concerns related to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Congress also succeeded in reauthorizing the expired Farm Bill. Finally, President Obama ended the month by staking out his agenda in his annual State of the Union address to Congress, refocusing public attention on issues that remain a priority for the White House.

 

ISSUE—FUNDING THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

In the October 2013 deal that reopened the government, Congress approved funding for the federal government until mid-January 2014 and called for both legislative chambers to produce a compromise over the federal budget. In December 2013, Senate Budget Chairwoman Patty Murray (D-WA) and House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) announced an agreement that would set the topline discretionary spending numbers for Fiscal Year 2014 (FY14) and Fiscal Year 2015 (FY15), while simultaneously providing some sequester relief in each of those two fiscal years through savings and new revenue from increased fees. The deal set the FY14 level at $1.012 trillion (about $45 billion more than the sequester level for FY14 of $967 billion) and the FY15 level at $1.014 trillion (about $19 billion more than the sequester level for FY15 of $995 billion). Both the House and the Senate approved the budget before the end of 2013.

 

With the topline numbers set, appropriators in Congress, led by Senate Appropriations Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) and House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY), set about drafting an omnibus appropriations bill to fund the federal government for the remainder of FY14.  The House passed the omnibus legislation on January 15 by a bipartisan vote of 359-67. Despite resistance from some conservative Republican senators, including Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), the Senate approved the measure on January 16 by a vote of 72-26, with 17 Republicans voting in favor. President Obama signed the legislation on January 17.

 

With the passage of the omnibus bill for FY14, Congress will now turn its attention to the regular order of debating appropriate FY15 funding levels for agencies and programs. The White House has announced that the President plans to submit his budget proposal for FY15 by March 4, which is about a month late but still earlier than his FY14 budget was submitted. Regardless of the President’s request, Congress is likely to stick to the Murray-Ryan topline number of $1.014 trillion for FY15.

 

ISSUE—DEBT CEILING

 

The October deal that reopened the government included a provision to increase the nation’s statutory debt ceiling until February 7, 2014. However, there are competing views about the exact date when the debt ceiling will be breached and the U.S. will default on its obligations. Secretary of the Treasury Jacob Lew has stated that the debt limit will need to be increased by the end of February and has asked Congress to do so by February 7. However, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has suggested that increased tax revenues through the first part of 2014 could push back the actual default date to possibly May or June.

 

While the actual default date may be in question, Republicans will still pursue some form of concessions in exchange for raising the debt ceiling, a move Democrats are certain to oppose. Unlike previous battles over the debt limit, however, Republicans may abandon past calls for spending cuts and instead pursue reforms to the ACA in return for an increase in the debt limit. Several Republican leaders are zeroing in on the ACA as a point of leverage in debt ceiling negotiations, with House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) stating that a “clean” debt ceiling increase (one without any concessions) will not pass the Republican-controlled House.  However, even some Tea Party leaders in the House have speculated that a clean debt ceiling could pass with mostly Democrat votes, while Republicans can point to President Obama’s refusal to negotiate as the explanation for having to go that path.  At this point, it is unclear whether the House or the Senate will act first in passing debt ceiling legislation.

 

ISSUE—TAXES

 

Tax policy issues continued to move at a slow pace this month as Congress looked for a path forward on several fronts, including tax reform and tax extenders.

 

Tax Reform

The proposed rewrite of the federal tax code remains in limbo as several of the key players continue to look for a way forward on the long-stalled reform efforts, but most are not optimistic. Over the course of 2013 and in the previous Congress, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) and House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) attempted to gain support for the tax reform effort, but recent events have created uncertainty on how and when the process will move forward.

 

In December 2013, President Obama nominated Chairman Baucus to serve as the next U.S. Ambassador to China. Chairman Baucus spent the end of 2013 releasing several draft proposals addressing key areas of taxation—international tax reform, tax administration, and cost recovery and tax accounting, and energy. However, the absence of Chairman Baucus throws into doubt the prospects of tax reform happening in 2014.

 

Chairman Baucus’ presumed successor, Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), has been an avid supporter of tax reform in the past, authoring his own tax reform plan  in 2011. However, it remains to be seen if Senator Wyden will choose to continue his predecessor’s efforts or wait until after the election when tax reform may be more likely to gain traction in Congress.

 

Uncertainty over tax reform’s future also exists on the House side. Chairman Camp previously pledged to bring tax reform legislation before his committee by the end of 2013. However, concerns from Republican leadership over the political perils of dealing with many controversial topics within tax reform sidelined Chairman Camp’s efforts. He is expected to eventually produce something, whether that is an outline of principles or full legislative text, but continued resistance from leadership and within the House Republican caucus may stall his efforts.

 

Tax Extenders

Beyond tax reform, both tax writing committees will also need to address the expired package of short-term tax provisions known as “extenders,” which are typically extended for only a couple of years at a time. The current packaged expired on December 31, 2013, despite an attempt from Majority Leader Harry Reid  (D-NV) to pass an extension through the Senate at the end of the year. Technically speaking, the tax provisions can be extended retroactively, but that delay creates uncertainty for businesses needing to make investment decisions based on these temporary tax provisions.

 

The timeline for extenders legislation remains murky.  Senator Wyden is rumored to be eager to pass an extension. Conversely, Chairman Camp’s continued commitment to the tax reform process will make him hesitant to address extenders until later in the year.

 

Questions remain on what exactly a new extenders package would include. Some tax provisions remain unpopular with legislators and the American public, so it is possible that legislators may narrow which extenders live on in the next bill. Moreover, the extenders’ hefty $50 billion price tag may be a difficult pill to swallow as Congress looks for ways for pay for the bill; although, some have speculated that it may be possible to avoid paying for this extension if combined with other must pass items, such as the debt limit increase.

 

 

ISSUE—HEALTHCARE

 

January saw several developments on the healthcare front. On January 27, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Tom Coburn (R-OK), and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) released a proposal that would repeal and replace the ACA. The measure is the most expansive policy alternative that Republicans have introduced in the Senate since the ACA was signed into law four years ago. While legislative text and cost estimates have yet to be released, analysts predict that the bill will cost less than the ACA by repealing some major provisions of the law. The proposal calls for a cap on tax exclusions for employee health plans, which would help to finance other provisions of the measure, including allowing states to establish high-risk pools and providing tax credits to people who do not work at large companies to help offset the cost of purchasing health insurance. A summary of the proposal can be found here, and a side-by-side comparison with the ACA is available here.

 

Democrats immediately attacked the bill. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney criticized the legislation for empowering insurance companies, raising taxes on the middle class, and limiting access to seniors and individuals with preexisting conditions. Proponents of the proposal, however, defended the measure by saying it would continue providing affordable coverage to seniors, patients with preexisting conditions, and adult dependents (under 26) while also eliminating lifetime limits on benefits.

 

House Republicans also moved forward with two pieces of ACA-related legislation in January. First, the body approved a bill on January 10 that would require the Obama Administration to notify individuals within two days of any potential data breach on the online exchanges. The bill passed on a 291-122 vote with 67 Democrats voting in favor. On January 16, the House passed a second ACA-related bill that would require the Administration to produce weekly reports of ACA enrollment figures. The legislation was approved on a 259-154 and was supported by 30 Democrats. In both instances, Democratic opponents complained that the new requirements would put unnecessary burdens on Administration officials, diverting them from properly enacting the ACA’s provisions. Despite the tepid bipartisan support the bills received in the House, the Democratically-controlled Senate is not expected take action on the legislation.

 

Sustainable Growth Rate – “Doc Fix”

The Murray-Ryan budget included a three month “doc fix,” a short-term patch to prevent major cuts in Medicare reimbursement rates for physician services due to the flawed Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula. Lawmakers spent much of December and January developing legislation to permanently replace the SGR formula and prevent the need for future temporary fixes.

 

The House Ways and Means Committee passed an SGR repeal bill on December 12, which followed the House Energy and Commerce Committee (E&C) repeal bill passed in July. The Senate Finance Committee also approved a similar bill on December 12. Staffers are meeting regularly to come to an agreement on how to move forward, which is something that Chairman Baucus would like to accomplish before his nomination to become U.S. Ambassador to China is approved by the Senate in early February.

 

The most significant obstacle to a permanent solution for the “doc fix” is agreeing on a way to pay for the repeal. Offsets are becoming increasingly difficult to find, and the price tag of an SGR bill is quite large. CBO recently updated its estimates for the cost of each bill:

  • House Ways and Means: $121 billion
  • House Energy and Commerce: $146 Billion
  • Senate Finance: $150 billion (includes $40 billion in Medicare extender provisions which will likely be included in the final measure)

 

While the SGR bill could move on its own, it is also possible that it gets wrapped into a larger package with the debt ceiling increase.

 

ISSUE—FARM BILL

 

After months of negotiations, the Farm Bill has achieved final passage. The country had been operating on an extension of the 2008 Farm Bill, but that extension expired in September 2013 after House and Senate conferees failed to reach a compromise over their competing bills. On January 27, Senate Agriculture Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and House Agriculture Chairman Frank Lucas (R-OK) announced that Farm Bill conferees had reached a compromise. The bill will cost nearly $100 billion over the next ten years. Among other provisions, the legislation:

  • Cuts funding to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also known as food stamps, by $8 billion;
  • Ends direct subsidy payments to farmers;
  • Expands crop insurance programs; and
  • Cuts around $2.3 billion a year in overall current spending.

 

On January 29, the House passed H.R. 2642, the Agricultural Act of 2014, by a vote of 251-166. The Senate passed the bill by a vote of 68-32 on February 4.

 

 

ISSUE—STATE OF THE UNION

 

On January 28, President Obama delivered his annual State of the Union (SOTU) address before a joint session of Congress. The event gives the President the opportunity to review accomplishments, lay out his priorities for the coming year, and garner public support for his agenda items. As with any president, President Obama has seen mixed results for previous ideas introduced during his SOTU addresses, with some faring well while others have stalled.

 

The President focused much of his 2014 address on domestic policy. He urged Congress to make 2014 a “year of action” and to address the economic challenges facing Americans. He continued his recent focus on income inequality and ways to address poverty in America. A key proposal to achieve this goal is the President’s call to raise the minimum wage to $10.10. The White House and congressional Democrats have been floating such a proposal recently ahead of the 2014 mid-term elections, and the issue is likely to play a leading role in their national campaign strategy.

 

The President presented a bevy of other proposals, including:

  • Education: Spending $75 billion over the next ten years to expand early education programs and creating new job training programs and apprenticeships through community colleges;
  • Energy: Continuing to combat climate change while fostering developments in natural gas usage and renewable energy sources;
  • Healthcare: Praising the ACA and calling on Congress to fund medical research, specifically citing vaccines;
  • Immigration: Continuing to push for immigration reform;
  • National Security: Reforming the controversial National Security Administration’s surveillance program;
  • Tax: Reforming the corporate tax code and expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit for low-income childless workers;
  • Technology: Outfitting 15,000 schools with high-speed broadband over the next ten years as part of the larger connectED initiative and reforming the patent system; and
  • Transportation: Developing new methods to fund transportation and waterway projects.

 

One of the more controversial portions of the President’s address was his pledge to use executive authority to implement some of these policies should Congress not act, citing an executive order he plans to sign to raise the minimum wage for employees of companies with federal contracts.  The threat was met with stiff Republican opposition, with members of the GOP attacking the President for unconstitutionally overstepping Congressional authority.

 

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) delivered the official Republican response to the President’s address. Jointly chosen for the role by Speaker Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Rep. McMorris Rodgers attempted to deliver a “more hopeful Republican vision.” This included a focus on lower taxes, cheaper energy, improvements in education and training systems, immigration reform, and an alternative to the ACA.  The GOP Response also relied heavily on the personal biography of McMorris Rodgers as an attempt to help the GOP reframe its message and image with the American public, particularly women.

 

RECENT POLLING

Job Approval: President Obama

Poll Date Results
Rasmussen Reports January 30 Approve 48, Disapprove 51
Gallup January 29 Approve 42,

Disapprove 49

Economist/YouGov January 27 Approve 45 Disapprove 52

 

 

Job Approval: Congress

Poll Date Results
Economist/YouGov January 27 Approve 7,

Disapprove 78

NBC News/Wall St. Journal January 25 Approve13,

Disapprove 81

ABC News/Wash Post January 23 Approve 13,

Disapprove 84

 

 

Generic Congressional Ballot

Poll Date Results
PPP(D) January 26 Democrats 40,

Republicans 42

Rasmussen January 26 Democrats 42,

Republicans 37

ABC News/Wash Post January 23 Democrats 45,

Republicans 46

 

 

Public Approval of Health Care Law

  Date Results
Rasmussen January 26 Support 43,

Oppose 52

NBC News/Wall St. Journal January 25 Support 34,

Oppose 48

ABC News/Wash Post January 23 Support 47,

Oppose 48

 

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Washington Update and 2014 Preview

Despite the partisan battles that have led to near constant gridlock in the Capitol over the past few years, lawmakers ended 2013 on a positive note. Democrats and Republicans were able to overcome their differences to produce a bipartisan compromise on the federal budget, helping to alleviate the threat of another government shutdown and providing some sequestration relief. As Congress moves into 2014, this newfound bipartisanship will be put to the test when legislators must pass an omnibus appropriations bill to fund the government by January 15 and agree to raise the debt ceiling by spring.  Aside from fiscal issues, Washington saw movement on healthcare issues—including proposals to permanently replace the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR)—while progress moved at a slower pace on other key initiatives like tax reform and the Farm Bill.Continue reading

FTC Seeking Public Comment on Follow-On Biologics

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is seeking public comment on follow-on biologics.

In addition, the FTC will hold a public workshop on December 1oth.

The Follow-On Biologics Workshop: Impact of Recent Legislative and Regulatory Naming Proposals on Competition

The  Federal Trade Commission announces it will hold a workshop to explore  competition issues involving biologic medicines and follow-on biologics. As  described in the Federal Register Notice, the workshop will focus on a few key  issues, inter alia:

  • The potential impact of state regulations affecting competition.
  • How regulations, if necessary, might be structured to facilitate competition  while still protecting patient health and safety.
  •   How naming may affect competition.
  • The experience of other countries with follow-on biologic competition.

The  Federal Register Notice poses a series of questions about which the FTC seeks  public comment. The FTC will take these comments into account in its  examination of these topics.

Previous Biologics Workshops and Report:

Event Details

WHEN:

December 10, 2013 Time: 9am – 5pm

WHERE:

FTC Conference Center

601 New Jersey Avenue, NW

Washington, DC

Learn more at http://www.ftc.gov/opp/workshops/biologics/#nj

SEC Releases Crowd Funding Rules for Non-Accredited Investors Under the JOBS Act.

On October 25, 2013, The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released the Proposed Rules to govern the implementation of crowd funding by non-accredited investors under the JOBS Act.   Comments will be open for a 90 day  public comment period from the date that the proposed regs appear on the Federal Register. (As of this writing, the proposed regs have not yet been posted.) Continue reading

Industry Reaches out to Speaker Boehner on the Farm Bill

July 2, 2013

The Honorable John Boehner
Speaker of the House United States House of Representatives
H-232 The Capitol
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Speaker Boehner:

America’s agriculture, conservation, rural development, finance, forestry, energy and crop insurance companies and organizations strongly urge you to bring the Farm Bill (H.R. 1947, the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013) back to the Floor as soon as possible.

This important legislation supports our nation’s farmers, ranchers, forest owners, food security, natural resources and wildlife  habitats, rural communities, and the 16 million Americans whose jobs directly depend on the agriculture industry.Farm bills represent a delicate balance between America’s farm, nutrition, conservation, and other priorities, and accordingly require strong bipartisan support.

It is vital for the House to try once again to bring together a broad coalition of lawmakers from both sides of the aisle to provide certainty for farmers, rural America, the environment and our economy in general and pass a five-year farm bill upon returning in July.

We believe that splitting the nutrition title from the rest of the bill could result in neither farm nor nutrition programs passing, and urge you to move a unified farm bill forward.

Thank you for your support. We look forward to our continued dialogue as the process moves forward and stand ready to work with you to complete passage of the new five-year Farm Bill before the current law expires again on September 30, 2013.

Sincerely,

1st Farm Credit Services
25x’25
Advanced Biofuels Association
Ag Credit, ACA
AgChoice
AgGeorgia
AgHeritage Farm Credit Services
AgriBank
Agriculture Council of Arkansas
Agriculture Energy Coalition
Agricultural Retailers Association
AgriLand
Agri-Mark, Inc.
AgCarolina
AgCountry
AgFirst
AgPreference
AgSouth
AgStar Financial Services, ACA
AgTexas
Alabama Ag Credit
Alabama Cotton Commission
Alabama Dairy Producers
Alabama Farm Credit
Alabama Farmers Cooperative
Alabama Farmers Federation
Alabama Pork Producers
Alaska Farmers Union
American AgCredit
American Agriculture Movement
American Association of Avian Pathologists
American Association of Bovine Practitioners
American Association of Crop Insurers
American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners
American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians
American Bankers Association
American Beekeeping Federation
American Biogas Council
American Coalition for Ethanol
American Cotton Shippers Association
American Crystal Sugar Company
American Dairy Science Association
American Farm Bureau Federation
American Farmers and Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company
American Farmland Trust
American Feed Industry Association
American Fruit and Vegetable Processors and Growers Coalition
American Forest Foundation
American Forest Resource Council
American Forests
American Honey Producers Association
American Malting Barley Association
American Pulse Association
American Public Works Association
American Sheep Industry Association
American Society of Agronomy
American Sugar Alliance
American Sugar Cane League
American Sugarbeet Growers Association
American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers
American Soybean Association
American Veterinary Medical Association
Animal Agriculture Coalition
Animal Health Institute
WAArborOne
Archery Trade Association
Arizona Farm Bureau Federation
Arizona BioIndustry Association
Arizona Wool Producers Association
Arkansas Farm Bureau
Arkansas Farmers Union
Arkansas Rice Federation
Arkansas Rice Producers’ Group
Arkansas State Sheep Council
Associated Logging Contractors – Idaho
Associated Milk Producers, Inc.
Associated Oregon Loggers
Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges
Association of Equipment Manufacturers
Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies
Association of Veterinary Biologics Companies
Badgerland Financial
Bio Nebraska Life Sciences Association
BioForward
Biotechnology Industry Organization
Black Hills Forest Resource Association
Bongard’s Creamery
Boone and Crockett Club
Bowhunting Preservation Alliance
Calcot
California Agricultural Irrigation Association
California Association of Resource Conservation Districts
California Association of Winegrape Growers
California Avocado Commission
California Canning Peach Association
California Farm Bureau Federation
California Farmers Union
California Forestry Association
California Pork Producers Association
California Wool Growers Association
Calvin Viator, Ph. D. and Associates, LLC
The Campbell Group
Can Manufacturers Institute
Canned Food Alliance
Cape Fear Farm Credit
Capital Farm Credit
Carolina Cotton Growers Cooperative
Catch-A-Dream Foundation
Catfish Farmers of America
Central Kentucky, ACA
Ceres Solutions LLP
Chrisholm Trail Farm Credit
CHS, Inc.
CoBank
Colonial Farm Credit
Colorado BioScience Association
Colorado Farm Bureau
Colorado Timber Industry Association
Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation
Connecticut Forest & Park Association
Connecticut United for Research Excellence, Inc.
The Conservation Fund
Continental Dairy Products, Inc
Cooperative Credit Company
Cooperative Network
Cora-Texas Mfg. Co., Inc.
Corn Producers Association of Texas
Cotton Growers Warehouse Association
Council for Agricultural Science and Technology
Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau
Crop Insurance Professionals Association
Crop Science Society of America
CropLife America
Dairy Farmers of America
Dairy Farmers Working Together
Dairy Producers of Utah
Dairylea Cooperative Inc.
Darigold, Inc
Delta Council
Delta Waterfowl
Deltic Timber Corporation
Ducks Unlimited
DUDA (A. Duda & Sons, Inc.)
Eastern Regional Conference of Council of State Governments
Empire State Forest Products Association
Environmental and Energy Study Institute
Environmental Law & Policy Center
Family Farm Alliance
Family Forest Foundation – Washington
Farm Credit Bank of Texas
Farm Credit Banks Funding Corporation
Farm Credit Council
Farm Credit Council Services
Farm Credit East
Farm Credit MidSouth
Farm Credit of Central Florida
Farm Credit of Central Oklahoma
Farm Credit of Enid
Farm Credit of Florida
Farm Credit of Maine
Farm Credit of Ness City
Farm Credit of New Mexico
Farm Credit of North West Florida
Farm Credit of Southern Colorado
Farm Credit of SW Kansas
Farm Credit of Western Arkansas
Farm Credit of Western Kansas
Farm Credit of Western Oklahoma
Farm Credit Services of America
Farm Credit Services of Illinois
Farm Credit South
Farm Credit Virginias
Farm Credit West
Farmer Mac
FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative
FCS Financial
FCS of America
FCS of Colusa-Glenn
FCS of East/Central Oklahoma
FCS of Hawaii
FCS of Illinois
FCS of Mandan
FCS of Mid-America
FCS of North Dakota
FCS of Southwest
Federation of Animal Science Societies
First District Association
First FCS
First South Farm Credit
FLBA of Kingsburg
Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association
Florida Sugar Cane League
Forest Investment Associates
Forest Landowners Association
Forest Products National Labor Management Committee
Forest Resource Association Inc.
Fresno-Madera Farm Credit
Frontier Farm Credit
Fruit Growers Supply Company
Georgia Agribusiness Council
Georgia Farm Bureau Federation
Georgia Forestry Association
Georgia Pork Producers Association
Giustina Resources, LLC
Global Forest Partners LP
GMO Renewable Resources
Great Plains Ag Credit
Great Plains Canola Association
Green Diamond Resource Company
Greenstone
GROWMARK, Inc
Growth Energy
Hancock Timber Resource Group
Hardwood Federation
Hawaii Farmers Union
Hawaii Sugar Farmers
Heritage Land Bank
Holstein Association USA
Idaho Ag Credit
Idaho Dairymen’s Association
Idaho Farmers Union
Idaho Forest Group
Idaho Forest Owners Association
Idaho Grain Producers Association
Illinois Biotechnology Industry Organization—iBIO®
Illinois Farm Bureau
Illinois Farmers Union
Illinois Pork Producers Association
Independent Beef Association of North Dakota
Independent Community Bankers of America
Indiana Farm Bureau, Inc.
Indiana Farmers Union
Indiana Health Industry Forum
Innovative Mississippi – Strategic Biomass Solutions
Intermountain Forest Association
Intertribal Agriculture Council
Iowa Farm Bureau Federation
Iowa Farmers Union
Iowa Pork Producers Association
Iowa Sheep Industry Association
IowaBio
Irrigation Association
Irving Woodlands, LLC
Izaak Walton League of America
John Deere Crop Insurance
Kansas Cooperative Council
Kansas Dairy
Kansas Farm Bureau
Kansas Farmers Union
Kansas Grain Sorghum Producers Association
Kansas Pork Association
Kansas Sheep Association
Kentucky Forest Industries Association
Kentucky Pork Producers Association
Land Improvement Contractors of America
Land O’Lakes
Land Stewardship Project
Land Trust Alliance
Lone Rock Timber Management Co.
Longview Timber LLC
Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation, Inc.
Louisiana Forest Association
Louisiana Rice Growers Association
Louisiana Rice Producers’ Group
Louisiana Sugar Cane Cooperative, Inc.
Lula-Westfield, LLC
Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative
Maryland Association of Soil Conservation Districts
Maryland Farm Bureau, Inc.
Maryland Grain Producers Association
Maryland Sheep Breeders’ Association, Inc.
Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation, Inc.
Massachusetts Forest Alliance
MassBio
MBG Marketing / The Blueberry People
Michigan Agri-Business Association
Michigan Farm Bureau
Michigan Farmers Union
Michigan Pork Producers Association
Michigan Sugar Company
Michigan-California Timber Company
Mid-West Dairymen’s Co.
MidAtlantic Farm Credit
Midwest Dairy Coalition
Midwest Environmental Advocates
Midwest Food Processors Association
Milk Producers Council
Minn-Dak Farmers Cooperative
Minnesota Canola Council
Minnesota Corn Growers Association
Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation
Minnesota Farmers Union
Minnesota Forest Industries
Minnesota Grain & Feed Association
Minnesota Lamb & Wool Producers
Minnesota Pork Producers Association
Minnesota Timber Producers Association
Mississippi River Trust
Missouri Coalition for the Environment
Missouri Dairy Association
Missouri Farm Bureau Federation
Missouri Farmers Union
Missouri Pork Association
Missouri Sheep Producers
Missouri Soybean Association
The Molpus Woodlands Group
Montana Grain Growers Association
Montana Farmers Union
Mule Deer Foundation
National Association of Counties
National Association of State Departments of Agriculture
National All-Jersey
National Alliance of Forest Owners
National Association for the Advancement of Animal Science
National Association of Clean Water Agencies
National Association of Conservation Districts
National Association of Farmer Elected Committees
National Association of Federal Veterinarians
National Association of Forest Service Retirees
National Association of FSA County Office Employees
National Association of Resource Conservation & Development Councils
National Association of State Conservation Agencies
National Association of State Foresters
National Association of University Forest Resource Programs
National Association of Wheat Growers
National Barley Growers Association
National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative
National Catholic Rural Life Conference
National Coalition for Food and Agricultural Research
National Conservation District Employees Association
National Corn Growers Association
National Cotton Council
National Cotton Ginners’ Association
National Council of Farmer Cooperatives
National Farmers Union
National Farm to School Network
National Grange
National Grape Cooperative Association, Inc.
National Milk Producers Federation
National Network of Forest Practitioners
National Pork Producers Council
National Renderers Association
National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
National Sorghum Producers
National Sunflower Association
National Trappers Association
National Wild Turkey Federation
National Woodland Owners Association
Nebraska Cooperative Council
Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation
Nebraska Farmers Union
Nebraska Pork Producers Association
Nevada Farm Bureau Federation
Nevada Wool Growers Association
New England Farmers Union
New Jersey Farm Bureau
New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau
New Mexico Sorghum Association
New York Farm Bureau, Inc.
New York Forest Owners Association
Nexsteppe
North American Grouse Partnership
North Carolina Farm Bureau Federation, Inc
North Carolina Forestry Association
North Carolina Pork Council
North Dakota Farmers Union
North Dakota Lamb & Wool Producers
North Dakota Pork Producers Council
Northarvest Bean Growers Association
Northeast Dairy Farmers Cooperatives
Northeast States Association for Agricultural Stewardship
Northern California Farm Credit
Northern Canola Growers Association
Northern Forest Center
Northern Pulse Growers Association
Northwest Dairy Association
Northwest Farm Credit Services
Novozymes North America Inc
Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc.
Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, Inc.
Ohio Farmers Union
Ohio Pork Producers Council
Oklahoma Agribusiness Retailers Association
Oklahoma Agricultural Cooperative Council
Oklahoma Farmers Union
Oklahoma Grain & Feed Association
Oklahoma Pork Council
Oklahoma Seed Trade Association
Oklahoma Sorghum Association
Oklahoma Wheat Growers Association
Oregon Association of Nurseries
Oregon Cherry Growers, Inc.
Oregon Dairy Farmers Association
Oregon Farmers Union
Oregon Sheep Growers Association
Oregon Small Woodland Association
Oregon Women in Timber
Orion the Hunter’s Institute
Panhandle-Plains Land Bank
Partners for Sustainable Pollination
Pennsylvania Farm Bureau
Pennsylvania Farmers Union
Pennsylvania Forest Products Association
Pheasants Forever
Plains Cotton Cooperative Association
Plains Cotton Growers, Inc.
Plum Creek Timber Company
Pollinator Partnership
Pope and Young Club
Port Blakely Tree Farms, LP
Potlatch Corporation
Prairie Rivers Network
Premier Farm Credit
Puerto Rico Farm Credit
Quality Deer Management Association
Quail Forever
Rayonier Inc.
Red Gold, Inc
Red River Forests, LLC
Red River Valley Sugarbeet Growers Association
Renewable Fuels Association
Resource Management Service, LLC
Rhode Island Sheep Cooperative
Rio Grande Valley Sugar Growers
Rocky Mountain Farmers Union
Rolling Plains Cotton Growers, Inc.
Ruffed Grouse Society
The Rural Broadband Association
Rural Community Assistance Partnership
Select Milk Producers, Inc.
Seneca Foods
Shasta Forests Timberlands, LLC
Sidney Sugars, Inc.
Sierra Pacific Industries
Society of American Foresters
Soil and Water Conservation Society
Soil Science Society of America
South Carolina Farm Bureau Federation
South Dakota Association of Cooperatives
South Dakota Biotech Association
South Dakota Farmers Union
South Dakota Pork Producers
South Dakota Wheat Growers
South East Dairy Farmers Association
Southeastern Lumber Manufacturers Association
South Texas Cotton and Grain Association
Southeast Milk Inc.
Southern Cotton Growers, Inc.
Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative
Southern Peanut Farmers Federation
Southern Rolling Plains Cotton Growers Association of Texas
Southern States Cooperative, Inc.
Southwest Council of Agribusiness
Southwest Georgia Farm Credit
St. Albans Cooperative
Staplcotn
State Agriculture and Rural Leaders
Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative of Florida
Sustainable Forest Initiative
Sustainable Northwest
Tennessee Clean Water Network
Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation
Tennessee Forestry Association
Tennessee Renewable Energy & Economic Development Council
Texas Ag Finance
Texas Agricultural Cooperative Council
Texas Farmers Union
Texas Forestry Association
Texas Healthcare and Bioscience Institute
Texas Land Bank
Texas Pork Producers Association
Texas Rice Producers Legislative Group
Texas Sheep & Goat Raisers’ Association
Timberland Investment Resources
Timber Products Company
The Amalgamated Sugar Company
The Bank of Commerce
The Nature Conservancy
The Small Woodland Owners Association of Maine
Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership
Trust for Public Land
United Dairymen of Arizona
United FCS
U.S. Animal Health Association
U.S. Beet Sugar Association
U.S. Canola Association
U.S. Cattlemen’s Association
U.S. Dry Bean Council
U.S. Pea & Lentil Trade Association
U.S. Rice Producers Association
U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance
USA Dry Pea & Lentil Council
USA Rice Federation
Utah Farmers Union
Utah Wool Growers Association
Virginia Farm Bureau Federation
Virginia Forestry Association
Virginia Grain Producers Association
Virginia Pork Industry Board
Virginia Nursery & Landscape Association
Virginia State Dairymen’s Association
Washington Biotechnology & Biomedical Association
Washington Farm Bureau
Washington Farmers Union
Washington State Council of Farmer Cooperatives
Washington State Dairy Federation
Welch Foods Inc., A Cooperative
Wells Timberland REIT
Western AgCredit
Western Growers
Western Pea & Lentil Growers
Western Peanut Growers Association
Western Pennsylvania Conservancy
Western Sugar Cooperative
Western United Dairymen
The Westervelt Company
Weyerhaeuser Company
Whitetails Unlimited, Inc.
Wild Sheep Foundation
Wildlife Forever
Wildlife Management Institute
Wildlife Mississippi
Wisconsin Agri-Business Association
Wisconsin Farmers Union
Wisconsin Paper Council
Wisconsin Pork Association
Wisconsin Woodland Owners Association
Women Involved in Farm Economics
World Wildlife Fund
Wyoming Sugar Company
Yankee Farm Credit
Yosemite Farm Credit