2014: The Year in Review

2014 was a year of changes and we wanted to remind you of just a few of the highlights of the year that was 2014.

Cuba: Normalizing Relations

The Administration announced that it would begin normalizing trade relations with Cuba. This will have a huge impact on American businesses, especially a boost to U.S. agriculture.


Cansler Consulting Oversees IT Project

Cansler Consulting has been acting Project Director for a new $6 million statewide information management system for the state of California. The web-based system has been deployed and is functioning well in all California counties.


2014 Farm Bill Signed

In February 2014, Congress adopted and The President signed the 2014 Farm Bill containing $362.5 million over 5 years for priority programs of Cansler Consulting clients.


ResponsibleAG Selects Cansler as Executive Director

“We are very excited to have someone of Tim Cansler’s stature join ResponsibleAg,” said J. Billy Pirkle, Chairman of the Board of Directors. “As the program gets underway, his background, expertise and vision will help set a strong course for the future.”


Cansler interviewed on WGN Radio for ResponsibleAG

Tim Cansler, senior strategist for Cansler Consulting and Executive Director for ResponsibleAG, was interviewed on WGN Radio’s Agri-Cast about how the fertilizer industry is changing and how retailers can be involved.


USDA-APHIS Announces New & Revised User Fees

First User Fee Changes in Ten Years – The U.S Department of Agriculture’s Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) plans to announce the addition of $154 million in user fees for Agricultural Quarantine Inspections.


FDA Revises Food Safety Rules

After farmers complained that the regulations could hurt business, the Food and Drug Administration revised sweeping food safety rules proposed last year. Regulators say balancing the need for tighter food safety standards after major food-borne illness outbreaks in spinach, eggs, peanuts and cantaloupe against the needs of farmers who are new to such regulations has been a challenge.


Keystone Pipeline

The State Department cited ongoing litigation in the Nebraska Supreme Court (which could re-route the pipeline) and additional time needed to review an unprecedented number of public comments received during the most recent comment period.


Congress Approves Increase for Cansler Consulting Clients

40% Increase for Federal Programs Important to Cansler Consulting Client Cansler Consulting often advises current & potential clients that advocating for important federal programs and legislation is like running a marathon instead of a sprint. Our client, California Agricultural Commissioners and Sealers Association (CACASA), understands this and so it is especially gratifying that after employing our strategies over the past few years toward the re-authorization of the Farm Bill it included language for a 40% increase in funding for federal programs important to their day to day operations.


USDA Releases New Programs to Help Farmers Manage Risk

Farmers have to choose a New Risk Management Program. Farmers and farm managers can choose from two varieties of ARC (Agriculture Risk Coverage) or PLC (Price Loss Coverage). If farmers do not elect an option, they will automatically go into the PLC program.


08-smallCansler provides client with policy web site

Cansler Consulting provides a client with the Truth About Tare web site which keeps consumers informed on good packaging practices and regulations so they understand what they’re purchasing in the meat department at the grocery store.


09-smallPresident Obama Signs Executive Order for Immigration Reform Policy

In a public TV address, President Obama announced his changes for immigration policy. Congress responded by funding the Department of Homeland Security through February 28, 2015 in the CRomnibus.



10-smallMajority Changes in Mid-Terms Elections

The mid-term elections on November 4 produced a resounding win for Republicans across the U.S. The Republican party will now control both legislative chambers in the U.S. Senate and House. Republicans were also successful in picking up some gubernatorial seats. There are now 31 Republican governors, 17 Democrat governors and 1 Independent (AK).  Vermont will be decided by their state legislature this year.

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

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