2016 Policy Development Backgrounders

Veterinary Feed Directive, 2014 Farm Bill, Hunting Hogs with Dogs, Farm Lease Agreements, Property Tax Boundaries, Agribusiness Mergers, Tennessee Nutrient Reduction Strategy, Retail Meat Sales

Veterinary Feed Directive

In 2015, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued its Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) final rule. The final rule mandates certain feed administered antibiotics be prescribed by a veterinarian after December 31, 2016.

2014 Farm Bill

As congressional agriculture committees focus their attention to a new Farm Bill, Farm Bureau must provide direction for lawmakers regarding changes to these programs and others such as the loan programs in the Farm Bill.

Hunting Hogs with Dogs

Some lawmakers believe taking a different strategy than the Wild Hog Eradication Action Team (WHEAT) would help alleviate pressures in areas densely populated by hogs. WHEAT members disagreed with legislation allowing hunting with dogs w/out a depredation permit.

Farm Lease Agreements

There are many types of rental agreements. An oral lease agreement is most typically found across the state. These leases are usually based on a “handshake agreement” and the farmer keeps control of the land based on a past agreement.

Property Tax Boundaries

In the 2016 legislative session, legislation was introduced to change laws guiding how property boundaries could be appealed. The legislation asked property owners be given the opportunity appeal in this particular situation.

Agribusiness Mergers

Mergers of some of the world’s largest agricultural chemical and seed providers could be of little consequence or even benefit farmers. In converse, producers may face other complications. As these unfold, we will learn details and perhaps have a clearer picture.

Tennessee Nutrient Reduction Strategy

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation released a strategy in 2015 for reducing nitrogen and phosphorus into streams and lakes. EPA is pushing states to develop strategies in an effort to reduce the hypoxic zone in the Gulf of Mexico.

Retail Meat Sales

Retail meat sales present a unique and popular niche which livestock producers are filling. As the trend grows more popular and the waitlist at slaughterhouses licensed to process meats for retail sale grows longer, more processing capacity may be necessary.