Alabama's Moore on Hurricane Relief and U.S. Ag Output Triples Since 1948
**Alabama Rep. Barry Moore delivered an official letter to
Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack requesting an update on the Hurricane Insurance Protection, Wind Index Endorsement amending it from an all-or-nothing system to a tiered system.
According to www.alfafarmers.org, Moore delivered his request for an improved system of administrating hurricane insurance funds after listening to farmers throughout the Wiregrass who suffered losses due to hurricanes.
**As discussions for writing the 2023 Farm Bill begin, the
National Association of State Departments of Agriculture will direct policy advocacy efforts regarding the bill towards 10 specific policy areas.
According to www.agrimarketing.com, at last week’s hybrid 2022 NASDA Winter Policy Conference, members named priorities in Farm Bill conversations as Ag research, animal disease, conservation and climate resiliency, cyber security, food safety, hemp, invasive species, local food systems, specialty crop block grants, and trade promotion.
**U.S. agricultural output nearly tripled between 1948 and 2017 even as the amount of labor hours-worked declined by more than 80%.
USDA’s Economic Research Service says the opposing trends resulted in an increase in labor productivity growth in the U.S. farm sector.
ERS estimates agricultural output per worker grew by 16 times during those 69 years.
At the same time, ag per hour worked output grew 17 times faster, implying average hours worked per worker declined.