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Newsmakers: Sept. 30, 2022: Chef José Andrés, Vince Hall, Marshall Matz, Mollie Van Lieu on the White House hunger conference and its next steps

Duration: 33:06
The Biden administration released a strategy this week to end hunger by 2030 and convened a major gathering Wednesday on the subject. One of the speakers was renowned chef and humanitarian José Andrés, who joins Newsmakers to discuss his message to the conference as well as the World Central Kitchen response to Hurricane Ian.

Then, a panel of food and nutrition policy leaders including Vince Hall of Feeding America, Marshall Matz of OFW Law and Mollie Van Lieu of the International Fresh Produce Association reflect on the discussion at the conference and offer insights on what they see as the next steps.

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Newsmakers: Sept. 23, 2022: Rep. Tracey Mann, R-Kan., Mark Dopp, Jake Westlin, and Ariel Wiegard on government funding and the upcoming farm bill

Duration: 32:34

Lawmakers have one more week to agree on a measure to fund the government into the new fiscal year. While a shutdown is not expected to happen, frustration lingers on Capitol Hill about the amount of time the process has taken. Kansas Republican Tracey Mann joins Newsmakers to discuss that issue as well as his priorities for the upcoming farm bill.

Then, Mark Dopp with the North American Meat Institute, Jake Westlin with the National Association of Wheat Growers, and Ariel Wiegard with the American Soybean Association discuss the risk management, conservation, livestock and political challenges awaiting lawmakers as they look to draft new farm policy.

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A bill to reform the country’s ag labor language has received House support, but the measure is currently stuck in the Senate. Washington Republican Dan Newhouse, the lead House GOP member on the effort, joins Newsmakers to discuss that bill’s prospects after offering his thoughts on inflation and work to fund the government in the new fiscal year.

Then, Kristi Boswell with Alston & Bird, Michael Marsh with the National Council of Ag Employers and Craig Regelbrugge with AmericanHort discuss where things stand with the Farm Workforce Modernization Act and the broader ag labor discussion.

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Lawmakers are headed into the final months of the 117th Congress, offering a chance to decide what priorities will see action this year and work on bills for the next session. For Senate Ag Committee Chair Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., that means a big focus on the next farm bill. She joins Newsmakers to discuss that legislation as well as the committee’s agenda for the rest of the year.

Then, Robert Guenther of the International Fresh Produce Association, Bruce Knight of Strategic Conservation Solutions and Tara Smith of Michael Torrey Associates offer their thoughts on some of the big topics that will need to be addressed in the 2023 farm bill.

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Agri-Pulse Newsmakers: Sept. 2, 2022: Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Barron Segar, Phil Karsting, and Kip Tom on Ukraine and global food security

Duration: 33:47

Grain is now being shipped out of Ukraine under a fragile agreement, offering some hope to hungry people around the world looking to receive their familiar supplies from the country. But what has the conflict taught us about the importance of food in the world’s global security conversation? Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo joins Newsmakers to offer his thoughts.
Then, Phil Karsting of OFW Law, Barron Segar of World Food Program USA and Kip Tom of Tom Farms assess where things currently stand on world hunger and what that means for U.S. agriculture.

Newsmakers: Aug. 12, 2022: Rep. Rodney Davis, Daren Bakst, James Glueck and Laura Wood Peterson on the long-term impact of the Inflation Reduction Act on farm policy

Duration: 30:28
The last week saw major progress in efforts to pass the Inflation Reduction Act into law, and the farm policy community is working to understand the particulars of the bill. Illinois Republican and House Ag Committee member joins Newsmakers to offer his thoughts on the bill’s provisions. 

Then, Daren Bakst with The Heritage Foundation, James Glueck with Michael Torrey Associates and Laura Wood Peterson with LWP Consulting take a look at the investments in the bill and what those funds will mean for the upcoming farm bill. 

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