February Insights by Sarah Hubbart
MTA team member Sarah Hubbart shares her insights for the year ahead featured in the February newsletter by Edge, a dairy cooperative. Hubbart briefly covers the hot topic issues of government funding, immigration, and the farm bill. Read on for a snapshot of the article and click here for the full version.
By Sarah Hubbart, director, Michael Torrey Associates
Government funding: On Feb.9, and after a brief government shutdown, the House and Senate approved a two-year budget deal (setting topline numbers through Sept. 30, 2019) that also extended government funding at current levels through March 23.
It adds about $300 billion in spending for defense and non-defense programs. President Trump backed the deal and signed it into law. Among other things, this bill includes disaster assistance provisions for farmers impacted by recent hurricanes and wildfires. It also makes cotton growers eligible for Title 1 programs, lifts the $20 million annual cap for Livestock Gross Margin (LGM) policies, and makes improvements to the Margin Protection Program (MPP).
About Michael Torrey Associates:
Food and agricultural organizations that need the right results in Washington, D.C. can trust Michael Torrey Associates to put its relationships, reputation and expertise to work on your issue. Since 2005, the firm has successfully provided legislative and regulatory guidance, issues management and association management services to a wide variety of clients. As a firm dedicated to client service and satisfaction, we are proud to report that in a recent survey, Michael Torrey Associates clients showed very high satisfaction and said they would recommend the firm to other companies looking for representation or strategic guidance in D.C. Learn more about us at http://torreydc.com.