Cansler Keynotes Annual Conference for Tennessee Farm Bureau Presidents

“Tim Cansler’s behind the scenes Washington knowledge on agricultural and farm issues makes him an excellent choice for hearing the “rest of the story” about current Washington happenings. His agricultural and Farm Bureau background provide a solid foundation and understanding of the issues important to farmers.” Jeff Aiken President Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation Cansler Consulting,…

Federal Grant Indirect Costs Set Off Public Debate

Most partnerships between grant recipients and the federal government are productive and, oftentimes render world-class innovations in multiple disciplinary fields such as health care, food & agriculture and national security. But this comes at a cost to American taxpayers. The recent release of the Trump Administration FY 2018 budget proposal calls for a $6 billion…

Alternatives For Pipe Bursting

In the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s, more than 600,000 miles of asbestos cement (AC) – also called transite – was installed to transport water in potable water mains, storm drains and sanitary sewers in the U.S.  Asbestos was used because of its light weight, corrosion resistance, rigidity and ease of handling. AC pipe accounts for…

Monsanto’s VC Investments Forecasting Future of Agriculture Industry Connections to Personalized Medicine

Monsanto MON (NYSE) describes itself as “a sustainable agriculture company..deliver(ing) agricultural products that support farmers all around the world.”  Their focus is “on empowering farmers—large and small—to produce more from their land while conserving more of our world’s natural resources such as water and energy.” So how is this forward-thinking agriculture company investing in the future…

Amidst Proposed Drastic Budget Cuts EPA Administrator Pruitt Supports U.S. Water Infrastructure

In mid-March the Trump Administration released its so called “skinny budget” a 175-page blueprint of the U.S. budget that specifies the main priorities of the Trump administration.  The budget proposal cuts the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) budget by 31 percent from its current level, from $8.1 billion to $5.7 billion. The Presidents budget proposes to cut 3,200…

All Signs Point to Water Infrastructure as part of $1 Trillion U.S. Infrastructure Investment

The U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment held its first hearing of the 115th Congress in early March to explore the role of federal agencies in building water infrastructure that is ready for the challenges of the 21st century. U.S. Rep. Garret Graves (R-LA), Chairman of the Subcommittee opened…

Latta Introduces Drinking Water Affordability Act

Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) has reintroduced legislation, the Latta Drinking Water Affordability Act, to help public water systems improve infrastructure and ensure safer drinking water. The legislation provides increased flexibility to state and local governments to meet their specific needs, develops cost-efficient ways to protect drinking water, and ensures funds are utilized efficiently and effectively. The Drinking Water…

2018 Farm Bill Update: Stakes Are High!

The US House Committee on Agriculture continues its series of hearings for lawmakers to gather information that will help them develop the nations next farm bill.  On March 22, dairy producers and processors testified before the House Agriculture Committee marking their 11th farm bill hearing. Previous hearings have included testimony from a total of nearly…

39 Farm Bill Programs Without Budget Baseline

Thirty-nine programs in the current (2014) Farm Bill with spending estimated to total $2.824 billion do not have a budget baseline after FY 2018. The reasons vary but its because the programs spend less than $50 million in last authorized year (2018) of the current Farm Bill.   According to the Congressional Research Service, “..some programs…

House and Senate Transportation and Infrastructure Committees Prepare For Trump Administration Push on Nation’s Failing Infrastructure

On February 1, the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure met and listened to witnesses about the challenges facing the U.S. transportation and infrastructure.  According to the American Society of Civil Engineers the U.S. transportation system, wastewater and drinking water infrastructure, schools and energy grid need improvements estimated at $3.6 trillion. Witnesses including the…

2018 Farm Bill: Preview and Analysis

Since the 1930’s and the Great Depression about every 5-years the U.S. Congress adopts a Farm Bill.  The Farm Bill contains production agriculture & food policies under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  Farm Bill titles include Commodity Programs, Conservation, Trade, Nutrition, Credit, Rural Development, Research & Extension, Forestry, Energy, Horticulture and Crop…

2017 Bluegrass Inaugural Ball

Many thanks to my fellow Kentuckians and members of the Kentucky Society of Washington for allowing us to celebrate with you the peaceful transition of power and the inauguration of the 45th President of the United States at the 2017 Bluegrass Ball. Many of our Commonwealth’s dignitaries were on-hand for the celebration including Majority Leader…

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