AG/FDA Blog

The Vast Army Fighting Hunger Around the Globe

By Marshall L. Matz, as published in Agri-Pulse When it comes to agriculture research, no organization is as important to our farmers as is USDA and the Agriculture Research Service (ARS). ARS works with our land grant universities to support US fa… Read More
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John Block: Peanuts

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block As a farmer, I would not like it if Europe shipped subsidized beef into our market. That would undercut our prices. What if Brazil shipped subsidized soybeans to us? We would be furious. Did you know that the U… Read More
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Speaker Ryan Suggests SNAP May Be On the 2016 Agenda

New House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) is getting a lot of attention for a speech he made on December 3 outlining his 2016 goal for a pro-growth agenda – creating jobs, raising wages, fixing the tax code, trade agreements, and national security. … Read More
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USDA Today

By Marshall Matz, as published in Agri-Pulse Today’s transportation and communication systems were totally unimaginable when the Wright brothers traveled to Kitty Hawk or Alexander Bell invented the telephone. The same can be said for agriculture… Read More
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Feed the Future: A Bipartisan Opportunity

By Marshall L. Matz, as published in Agri-Pulse The “Feed the Future” initiative is aimed at improving agriculture productivity and economic development around the world. Bipartisan legislation has been introduced in the both the House and Sena… Read More
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Family Farms in Africa

By Marshall L. Matz and Peter B. Matz, as published by the National Farmers Union Kudos to National Farmers Union for recognizing the link between family farming and meeting the challenge of global food security. Family farms are indeed the key to… Read More
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Global Food Security

By Marshall L. Matz, as published in Agri-Pulse Agriculture is a business, a very big business.  Whether you look at net farm income, agriculture exports or the number of people employed in the farm and food value chain, agriculture is big busines… Read More
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National Commission on Hunger

As a part of the 2014 Appropriations Bill, the Congress has created a National Commission on Hunger.   Section 743 of the new Bill establishes a National Commission on Hunger composed of ten (10) members to advise Congress and the Agriculture Secre… Read More
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A SNAP It's Not

By Marshall L. Matz with Molly O’Connor, as published by Agri-Pulse The food stamp program, currently called SNAP (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) has exploded in size and may now be the biggest hurdle to a farm bill.  As of… Read More
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Block Grants: Over Sold - Under Thought

By Marshall L. Matz and Roger R. Szemraj, as published in Agri-Pulse There has been a lot of discussion lately about converting various food assistance programs from their current status as entitlement programs into a block grant.   This is not… Read More
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