114th Congress Agricultural Issues

Lobbyist_Agriculture_Corporate_Energy_capitol_building_3Here are a few items that are likely to be at the top of the 114th Congress’s Agricultural To Do List.

  • Renewable Fuel – The EPA’s delayed mandates for 2014 biofuel commercial use until 2015 giving opponents another chance to modify or repeal the law that created the Renewable Fuel Standard. This impacts corn growers since the RFS guarantees a market for producers of conventional ethanol, largely corn-based fuel.
  • Cuba -Relaxing trade restrictions around Cuba could be a big win for Rice, soybeans and poultry producers, getting the attention of  pro-trade agribusiness and farm groups.
  • Immigration – President Obama’s announcement regarding immigration this winter left agriculture companies and employers pondering how this will impact their workforce since 70% of farm workers in the United State are here illegally. If there is no need for them to stay in farming, since they can qualify for other jobs now, farm employers wonder who is going to work the farms. This can only lead to higher prices for consumers for fruits & vegetables.

LabelingFood safety

  • Meat Labels – U.S., Canadian and Mexican cattle producers say requiring labels showing an animal’s nation of birth, feeding and slaughter raises business costs and discriminates against trading partners. The National Farmers Union and other labeling supporters argue that the labeling requirements provide information consumers want.
  • Calorie Labeling – The rule requires retail food businesses with more than 20 outlets to post calorie counts for standard menu items and beverages, including some alcohol, on menus. These industries claim the calorie counts will cost millions to post.
  • GMO Labels – Congress may step into the battle over labels for foods containing genetically modified ingredients. The food industry has spent more than $100 million to defeat the measures.

Nutrition & Food Safety

  • Meat Eaters – The meat industry is growing more concerned about final recommendations from an advisory committee that Americans should eat less meat because of the environmental impact of raising animals for food.
  • Child Nutrition – school meal nutrition standards set under a 2010 child nutrition law expires Sept. 30
  • Food safety regulations – Consumer groups will keep an eye on the budgeting process to see if rules implementing the Food Safety Modernization Act (PL 111-353) get adequate funding.

Cansler Consulting government relations lobbyists At Cansler Consulting we understand that in Washington, D.C. change is the only constant. Advocacy in Washington is also changing and we are at the forefront using new technologies and data to help us focus on strategies that improve our client's return on investment. Our core lobbying strategies are driven by the value at stake from federal legislative & regulatory actions. Leading studies indicate that today's business value impacted by government and regulatory action, or inaction can reach as high as 30 percent of earnings for most companies. With as much as one-third of earnings at stake, it is imperative that companies, industries and organizations engage in government relations. If you need effective representation from a bipartisan, entrepreneurial government relations firm contact Cansler Consulting. We are certified by the National Institute of Lobbying and Ethics and have decades of experience assisting clients in issue areas including Agriculture, Budget & Appropriations, Food Safety, Transportation & Infrastructure, International Trade and Energy. Through our relationships established in Washington, D.C. and throughout the U.S. for over two decades we can help you the legislative and regulatory processes on Capitol Hill and inside federal agencies. You can contact us at

Tim Cansler