SSB1227/HSB236: Ag Trespass- Provides penalties for people that lie to obtain employment or access to a facility that is not open to the public: FOR, NEW ON MONDAY-PASSED OUT OF BOTH COMMITTEES
HSB218/SSB1217: Weight Limits on Equipment- Moves all self-propelled implements applying plant food, agricultural limestone, or ag chemicals to the category of "implement of husbandry." Amended to maximum of 25,000 lbs. and specifically stating that equipment must still meet posted limits on bridges/overpasses (allowing for permits to pass on weight capped roads/bridges): FOR, PASSED OUT OF BOTH COMMITTEES
Beginning Farmer Credit- Establishes a new Beginning Farmer Tax Credit program replacing Agricultural Assets Transfer Credit. Also allows farmers with ag assets a tax credit for assisting beginning farmers. Caps the credit at $50,000/year per farmer. Expands replacement program from $6 million to $12 million:FOR, PASSED OUT OF BOTH COMMITTEES
Prize Linked Savings- Allows lending institutions to offer promotions for specific savings accounts, as allowed in 29 other states. DYK 44% of Americans don't have $400 saved to cover an emergency expense?:FOR, HELD UP IN COMMITTEE: DID NOT SURVIVE FUNNEL
Picture below: U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo speaks in Des Moines on Monday, March 4th.
USDA FOCUSES EFFORTS ON KEEPING AFRICAN SWINE FEVER (ASF) OUT OF THE U.S.
"... USDA is continuing to enhance our planning so that we’re prepared in case we ever have to combat ASF. Along with our wide range of partner groups, we are working through several different ASF planning and response exercises. These cover different aspects – from trade implications to policy discussions to the boots-on-the-ground realities of a response. These will help everyone involved ensure their response plans are ready and identify any preparedness gaps that must be addressed." Full articleHERE