Entries by Jack Aitken

Congress passes short-term relief for CHIP

One of the “big ticket” items for Congress to address is the reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Although CHIP’s authorization had expired on September 30, 2017, Congress included passed a six-month patch with $2.85 billion as part of H.R. 1370, which also funds the federal government through January 19, 2018. In addition […]

Disparity Between Ag Jobs and Millennial Interest

A recent report by Purdue University estimated that for graduates with a college degree or higher in the areas of food, agriculture, renewable natural resources, or the environment there would be an estimated 57,000 annual job openings from 2015-2020. With an average of 35,000 U.S graduates entering agriculture related careers, this still means over 22,000 […]

State Ag Departments Support COOL Repeal

The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) has joined the many national organizations calling for the U.S. Senate to pass legislation repealing U.S country-of-origin labelling (COOL) requirements.