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Wednesday 07/01/15

Ag Coalition Sees Opportunity in Renewed U.S.-Cuban Relationship
The U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba praised the announcement Wednesday by President Barack Obama that the U.S. and Cuba will officially re-establish diplomatic relations on July 20 with the re-opening of respective embassies.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 2:42PM CDT 07/01/15 by Chris Clayton | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Monday 06/29/15

Argentina and Brazil Beef Imports Approved Despite FMD Risks
It would generally be considered a pretty rare occurrence that the National Cattlemen's Beef Association finds itself in agreement with the group Food & Water Watch. But the two disparate groups nonetheless find themselves equally appalled at USDA for allowing imported beef from northern Argentina and 14 states Brazil known for FMD outbreaks.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 5:06PM CDT 06/29/15 by Chris Clayton | Post a Comment
Comments (3)
"Just a day before Brazil's president comes to Washington"? Good Grief.
Posted by Bonnie Dukowitz at 5:58AM CDT 06/30/15
This issue was in the USDA agenda for a long time. It's a important matter for both countries, both will get benefits with this decision. Answering the "FMD Risks concern", it was proved a long time ago that in natura meat can not carry the virus, so no risk.
Posted by THIAGO ROCHA at 8:50AM CDT 06/30/15
Nor Avian flu in turkeys, Thiago. Food security should be a two way street.
Posted by Bonnie Dukowitz at 8:22PM CDT 06/30/15
 

Friday 06/26/15

AGree Calls on Congress to Pay More Attention to Ag Research
Leaders from the group AGree this week called on Congress to take a top-to-bottom review of agricultural research in the country. AGree's leaders issued a paper breaking down issues surrounding research and development in agriculture and food production. The group AGree was formed to seek consensus among different stakeholders on policy areas important to agriculture.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 11:59AM CDT 06/26/15 by Chris Clayton | Post a Comment
Comments (1)
The answer to this dilemma was answered in the Pres. Lincoln era with the ," Land Grant Universities" coming into existence. Too many have abandoned their primary purpose.
Posted by Bonnie Dukowitz at 5:53AM CDT 06/27/15
 

Wednesday 06/24/15

Can the U.S. Become Voluntarily COOL?
Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts and his committee's ranking member, Sen. Debbie Stabenow, head into a hearing Thursday clearly divided on the issue of country-of-origin labeling for meat. Roberts is pushing for full repeal of the labels while Stabenow is pitching a voluntary approach to the problem.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 2:24PM CDT 06/24/15 by Chris Clayton | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Monday 06/22/15

Ethanol Industry is Going to Kansas City
The ethanol industry and its supporters will converge Thursday in Kansas City, Kan., for the EPA hearing on the Renewable Fuels Standard rules.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 11:44AM CDT 06/22/15 by Chris Clayton | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Tuesday 06/16/15

Iowa Delegation Wants RFS Hearing in State
Ahead of a scheduled June 25 public hearing in Kansas City, Kansas, on the Renewable Fuel Standard Iowa's Congressional delegation is asking the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to host a public hearing in Iowa.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 8:44AM CDT 06/16/15 by Todd Neeley | Post a Comment
Comments (1)
Ne. Reps. and Senators please wake up and help Iowa .
Posted by melvin meister at 10:07PM CDT 06/17/15
 

Friday 06/12/15

House Committee Sets Hearing on Biotech Labeling Bill
The House Energy and Commerce Committee will weigh in on the debate over biotech labeling laws next week with a hearing over legislation by Rep. Mike Pompeo, a Republican from Kansas.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 12:51PM CDT 06/12/15 by Chris Clayton | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Wednesday 06/10/15

No Country of Origin for Congressmen
The House voted 300 to 131 to repeal country of origin labels for meat. While the bill now goes to the Senate, the House vote represents a victory for Canadian and Mexican livestock producers.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 9:33PM CDT 06/10/15 by Chris Clayton | Post a Comment
Comments (1)
Just purchased a new squeeze chute this year. As it was made in Canada, I guess we made a big mistake.
Posted by Bonnie Dukowitz at 5:50AM CDT 06/11/15
 

Tuesday 06/09/15

Dueling Letters Supporting and Opposing COOL Repeal
The House Rules Committee is scheduled to meet later Tuesday to lay down the rules for a floor debate on legislation to repeal country-of-origin labels for meat.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 6:27AM CDT 06/09/15 by Chris Clayton | Post a Comment
Comments (1)
Everyone keeps talking about COOL while here in Billings, MT I am now buying my beef at Albertsons where the wrapper says "Born, raised and harvested in USA". I am allowing my beef buying bucks do my talking for me at a store that is providing what I want. That is what the beef industry should be working on, the stores carrying and labeling the beef from the US instead of waiting for congress to try and accomplish ANYTHING!
Posted by CRAIG MOORE at 11:38AM CDT 06/10/15
 

Monday 06/08/15

Guess What? We're Back Thinking About Tax Extenders
It looks like we're once again on tax-extender watch for items like bonus depreciation, Section 179 deductions and that whole other laundry list of tax provisions Congress always wait until the end of the year to pass.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 4:11PM CDT 06/08/15 by Chris Clayton | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Friday 06/05/15

Iowa Senators Seek Hearing on Bird Flu
Iowa's two senators wrote a letter Thursday to Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts calling on him to hold a hearing over the federal government's response to bird flu.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 7:08AM CDT 06/05/15 by Chris Clayton | Post a Comment
Comments (1)
Another hearing. Good grief.
Posted by Bonnie Dukowitz at 2:40PM CDT 06/07/15
 

Tuesday 06/02/15

Senator to USDA: Finalize Actively Engaged Rule
Sen. Charles Grassley wants USDA to finalize its actively-engaged rule for the 2016 crop year while the senator lamented efforts by farmers and farm groups to scrap the rule.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 2:42PM CDT 06/02/15 by Chris Clayton | Post a Comment
Comments (3)
The only ones that should be eligble for payments are owners or renters who have a finacial stake in the farming operation. Those 15 managers are paid employees who carry no risk. It is almost to late to fix this,these guys know every way to buck the system. Taxpayers have finaced alot of poor producers and even made them rich. Without government payments 10 percent would be out of business. They cannot farm without taxpayers money. Taxpayers are feeding a dead horse and these guys are laughing all the way to the bank.
Posted by Raymond Simpkins at 9:07PM CDT 06/02/15
Thank you Sen. Grassley. I agree Raymond. 2 per farm is generous. This debate of family definition could be defined with the old saying, you know you're a redneck if you met your spouse at a family reunion.
Posted by Bonnie Dukowitz at 5:57AM CDT 06/03/15
Oh and I forgot to say when that 10 percent fail,taxpayers will save 70 percent of their money.
Posted by Raymond Simpkins at 7:34AM CDT 06/03/15
 

Friday 05/29/15

EPA's RFS Rule Hits a Sweet Spot Where No One's Happy
From the anger sent EPA's direction yesterday from the biofuel and corn lobbies, you would think the petroleum industry would be crowing over its apparent victory at the expense of corn-based ethanol.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 4:24PM CDT 05/29/15 by Chris Clayton | Post a Comment
Comments (1)
If The farmers with Flex Fuel pickups and cars don"t drive to the Blender Pumps now they can only blame the next farm depression on themselves. E-50 from Windom Minn. makes 32.5 in 2012 malibu .What are you waiting for? $2.00 corn. Tell Your Republican Sen and Reps to take away Oils 5 billion dollars tax break and put it in infratstructure for clean Ethanol.
Posted by melvin meister at 11:19PM CDT 06/01/15
 

Wednesday 05/27/15

WOTUS Me: Vilsack, Sen. Roberts Discuss New EPA Rule
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts had different takes on the roll out Wednesday of the EPA-Army Corps of Engineers rule defining waters of the United States.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 4:52PM CDT 05/27/15 by Chris Clayton | Post a Comment
Comments (2)
Two thoughts; First, I agree with Senator Roberts that EPA should stay the h,e, double ll out of public campaigning. Their Facebook stumping for WOTUS is not in the best interest of obtaining fair and balanced input. Second, with the Des Moines Water Works law suit against rural counties/farmers, and their proposal of regulatory permits for tile outlets, I'm glad to see EPA is not supporting that unworkable goal.
Posted by Curt Zingula at 6:34AM CDT 05/28/15
Question: Does anyone know, can cows drink from a small stream which is located in traditional grazing or pasture land?
Posted by Bonnie Dukowitz at 7:20AM CDT 05/29/15
 

Monday 05/25/15

EPA Could Release Both RFS, WOTUS Rules This Week
This is going to be a busy week for the regulatory gurus at the Environmental Protection Agency with potential rules ready to roll out on the Renewable Fuels Standard and waters of the U.S.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 9:06PM CDT 05/25/15 by Chris Clayton | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
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  • Ag Coalition Sees Opportunity in Renewed U.S.-Cuban Relationship
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  • AGree Calls on Congress to Pay More Attention to Ag Research
  • Can the U.S. Become Voluntarily COOL?
  • Ethanol Industry is Going to Kansas City
  • Iowa Delegation Wants RFS Hearing in State
  • House Committee Sets Hearing on Biotech Labeling Bill
  • No Country of Origin for Congressmen
  • Dueling Letters Supporting and Opposing COOL Repeal
  • Guess What? We're Back Thinking About Tax Extenders
  • Iowa Senators Seek Hearing on Bird Flu
  • Senator to USDA: Finalize Actively Engaged Rule
  • EPA's RFS Rule Hits a Sweet Spot Where No One's Happy
  • WOTUS Me: Vilsack, Sen. Roberts Discuss New EPA Rule
  • EPA Could Release Both RFS, WOTUS Rules This Week
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