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Tuesday 02/09/16

Budget Numbers Don't Bode Well for Avoiding Program Cuts
Conservative House membes want a tighter federal budget for FY 2017. How can ag be protected from cuts this year?[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 9:14PM CST 02/09/16 by Chris Clayton | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 
Supreme Court Halts EPA Climate Regulations on Power Plants
President Barack Obama's administration suffered a blow to his environmental agenda late Tuesday when the U.S. Supreme Court granted a stay effectively blocking EPA's Clean Power Plan from going into effect.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 9:14PM CST 02/09/16 by Chris Clayton | Post a Comment
Comments (20)
So West Virginia, a state that believes ground hogs can predict the weather is able to make decisions that will destroy the climate for generations to come? History will not be kind to the likes of Patrick Morrisey. If Patrick Morrisey is there to protect the working class why is his state one of the poorest in the US? He needs to tell the truth and say he is protecting big coal and the corporations that make billions off the backs of minimum wage workers, he is protecting lobbyists.
Posted by Jay Mcginnis at 7:01AM CST 02/10/16
Where you going to dump your toxic, wasted electric car battery, Jay? Lake Erie?
Posted by Bonnie Dukowitz at 7:46AM CST 02/10/16
Let the light shine in - CO2 is not the only factor affecting climate change. Glaciation has occurred with earth's CO2 levels 7 times higher than now. We are currently sitting at CO2 levels about 1/3 the ideal level for optimizing plant growth. Satellite observation of earth's temperature (which unlike roof-top weather stations utilizing human input modeling) show no significant warming for the past 19 years. But most importantly, cuts to U.S. GHG sources would have been negated by Obama's deal to allow the Chinese to double GHG emissions before trusting them to start cutting back in 2030.
Posted by Curt Zingula at 8:11AM CST 02/10/16
Some people sound smarter when they say nothing at all !!!!! J.
Posted by Raymond Simpkins at 10:33AM CST 02/10/16
Oh Bonnie, you're such a Republican, of course I don't dump batteries, people interested in helping the environment recycle.
Posted by Jay Mcginnis at 10:36AM CST 02/10/16
Jay, it wasn't Republicans that made a deal with the Chinese where the US would double its annual reduction of CO2 while the Chinese would "try" to reduce their "increase" its annual increase of CO2 by 2030. And if you want to talk about the ability to help the poor we will bring up Obamas years helping the poor black children out there. When he came to power 17% of the black children lived in poverty. Now after seven years that number is down to 22%. Of course we all know that is because of the Republicans stopping all the increases in government spending. Oh wait, the government has spent more every year he has been president. Wonder how that is working that way.
Posted by CRAIG MOORE at 1:30PM CST 02/10/16
Guess you have not been keeping up on the news, Jay.
Posted by Bonnie Dukowitz at 5:54PM CST 02/10/16
Jay did not read my earlier comment.
Posted by Raymond Simpkins at 8:00PM CST 02/10/16
No Bonnie, I don't listen to Faux News, but you beleive what you want. Hey Craig, I drive an electric car and for the past 10 years been renewable energy powered, it works!
Posted by Jay Mcginnis at 8:26PM CST 02/10/16
Is that car solar? Just wait until that battery goes out,$5000 to $6000. That's called wealth redistribution,Jay
Posted by Gary Leghton at 8:40PM CST 02/10/16
Actually Gary I do charge it with my solar, 100% made in the US energy. No oil change, no engine problems, brakes last far longer as they absorb the energy in a stop. Best of all, NO OIL WARS! So when I look at all you paying at the pump thats not wealth redistribution? The 1% have you well trained. Enjoying my geothermal heat this cold morning powered by the sun, I am redistributing the heat from the ground and sun into my house, I guess you can call that wealth.
Posted by Jay Mcginnis at 6:27AM CST 02/11/16
Jay, You really got them wound up again! What is really sad about our "civilized" society is the harm we do to the Earth when we remove natural resources. In the past, no attempt was made to account for the damage and now our generations are paying the price in the form of threats to our own health and well being. This has to change and some folks will not accept the discomfort of change. Just hope that follow- on generations can't fault us for doing nothing when the opportunity existed to make progress.
Posted by Don Thompson at 7:14AM CST 02/11/16
Don. Can't believe you think anything Jay says is true.
Posted by Raymond Simpkins at 9:39AM CST 02/11/16
You sure are a one trick pony, aren't you Jay. Apparently you read my post and all I ask is for you to reference your next post relating to what I put out there for you. But you don't have the guts to do that do you, electric car boy?
Posted by CRAIG MOORE at 9:50AM CST 02/11/16
Amazing how some think they do not emit a form of carbon when exhausting through their nostrils.
Posted by Bonnie Dukowitz at 10:05AM CST 02/11/16
Don, are you and the family vegans?
Posted by CRAIG MOORE at 10:22AM CST 02/11/16
My electric bill already went up 20% because of the projected cost that it was going to cost. Does this mean my electric bill will go down now? Am I going to get a refund on what I already paid from these crooked bastards and there insane proposals.
Posted by GWL 61 at 3:23PM CST 02/11/16
Electric bill went up 20% GWL,, I never noticed, LOL! You guys must be doing something wrong, maybe relying on corporate monopolies? I know back a president that believes corporations need to make even more, now there is a plan! If that doesn't work then back a candidate that wants corporations to make EVEN MORE!
Posted by Jay Mcginnis at 7:11AM CST 02/12/16
Jay, what runs all the rest of the equipment on your farm? Yes, I know, "I drive an electric car". Jay, are you and the family vegans proving you dedication to improving the planet? Yes, I know, " I drive an electric car". I am sure the rest out there will agree with me even though I don't drive an electric car.
Posted by CRAIG MOORE at 8:16AM CST 02/12/16
I am beginning to wonder that since the only one backing Jay and who also never answers a question, I wondering if Don is actually Jay?
Posted by CRAIG MOORE at 8:19AM CST 02/12/16
 

Monday 02/08/16

President Obama Gears up for a Final Budget to Nowhere
President Barack Obama will roll out a budget proposal on Tuesday that will be far more about rallying his base for the election year than funding federal agencies.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 4:26PM CST 02/08/16 by Chris Clayton | Post a Comment
Comments (3)
Now is the time to get a tax on oil and pay for a real railroad! When your car can only go 5mph in beltway traffic it is time that we need to rebuild mass transit instead of paying for mideast wars to get oil. The cost of the Iraq war would have bought a high speed train system that would have connected all US cities of 5000 or more, instead Bush borrowed the money from the Chineese and made Chaney rich, thats all you got from the Iraq war, hope you are enjoying your trickle down!
Posted by Jay Mcginnis at 7:10AM CST 02/10/16
And getting the government into building and running a real railroad system will look just like Amtrak. Yearly drain on taxpayers money. Sometimes you have to let private enterprises do thing and charge THE CUSTOMERS THAT USE IT TO PAY FOR THE COSTS OF PROVIDING THE SERVICES. But I suppose the idea of paying for what services you get out of your own pocket is an idea strange to you, right Jay/
Posted by CRAIG MOORE at 1:36PM CST 02/10/16
Boy, How much impervious surface would your LaLaLand railroad create?
Posted by Bonnie Dukowitz at 5:56PM CST 02/10/16
 

Friday 02/05/16

AFBF Poll: 'Chesapeake Landowners Want Local Control'
While a U.S. Supreme Court decision on whether to consider a legal challenge filed against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's total maximum daily load, or TMDL, in the Chesapeake Bay region, a new poll conducted on behalf of the American Farm Bureau Federation finds the majority of Bay area landowners surveyed want water quality issues dealt with on a local level.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 2:45PM CST 02/05/16 by Todd Neeley | Post a Comment
Comments (6)
Lookout Iowa farmers, if this monster isn't slain now, its" Coming to a Farm Near You" so to speak. Vote for freedom people!
Posted by Gary Leghton at 8:26AM CST 02/07/16
Par for the course; Too many think rules and regulations will be pointed at everyone else. Then, Me too? Darn.
Posted by Bonnie Dukowitz at 3:42PM CST 02/08/16
Local GOP controlled government does well with water, just ask the people of Flint Michigan! Why would anyone want the EPA when the party of dirty air and water is there to protect them?
Posted by Jay Mcginnis at 7:15AM CST 02/10/16
You do realize that the "local" control of Flint is a Democrat mayor, don't you? Jay??????????????????
Posted by CRAIG MOORE at 9:52AM CST 02/11/16
A Republican in Flint would be on the rare and endangered species list.
Posted by Bonnie Dukowitz at 10:07AM CST 02/11/16
Bonnie, Jay was trying to reference a Republican governor that inherited this problem.
Posted by CRAIG MOORE at 10:21AM CST 02/11/16
 

Wednesday 02/03/16

On Cottonseed, Oilseed and What the Farm Bill Says
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said USDA attorneys have determined he does not have authority to designate cottonseed as an oilseed. What does the farm bill say about that?[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 3:42PM CST 02/03/16 by Chris Clayton | Post a Comment
Comments (1)
Well, at least there's one case where the administration won't be accused of overreach.
Posted by Kirk Thomas at 10:08AM CST 02/04/16
 

Tuesday 02/02/16

Cruz, Clinton Win Iowa Caucuses
Sen. Ted Cruz, 45, aggressively campaigned across Iowa, hitting all 99 counties at least once. He sought to tap into Iowa's strong social conservative base, but was criticized heavily by the Iowa biofuels industry because Cruz did not support the Renewable Fuels Standard. A group called America's Renewable Future, led by Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad's son, stalked the Cruz campaign and challenged his stance.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 6:37AM CST 02/02/16 by Chris Clayton | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Monday 02/01/16

Cruz Wins Iowa GOP Caucus
In the GOP race, Ted Cruz won 28% while billionaire Donald Trump carried 24% and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio carried 23% of the vote in unofficial results. On the Democratic side, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton went late into the evening with just under 50% of the Democratic delegates to more than 49% of the delegates for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 10:03PM CST 02/01/16 by Chris Clayton | Post a Comment
Comments (5)
Although Brandstad led a Progressive, deceptive campaign to oust Cruz, The People have spoken to oust any deceptive,non-true Conservative . Cruz supports ethanol just doesn't support unnecessary Gov subsidies that add to the national debt. Let the free markets work and get off of the tracks, let the train come through!
Posted by Gary Leghton at 6:54AM CST 02/02/16
What is a "true conservative" from an Iowan's view?
Posted by Don Thompson at 8:27AM CST 02/02/16
The message sent by Iowans last night......We are tired of the Washington establishment.
Posted by Mike Estadt at 8:31AM CST 02/02/16
Looks like Iowans want some "Green Eggs and Ham"? I saw Cruz speak at Princeton a couple years ago, he will be whatever you want him to be, sort of a guy that will tell you whatever you want,,, definition of a demigod. If you're tired of this government do what the bumper stickers said during Vietnam,,, America Love It or Leave It!!!
Posted by Jay Mcginnis at 9:32AM CST 02/02/16
I guess I missed the Iowa message. It appears the R party split their vote of unhappy Iowans among 4 or 5 mostly establishment types with a penchant for saying some outrageous things to appease the "scared and mad" crowd. Meanwhile the D party split the vote among establishment candidates with at least one of them catering to the " mad and scared" constituents from the left leaning view. While testifying to be against the establishment, otherwise known as the folks they voted into office previously, now the mantra is that a message was sent from Iowa because they split the vote essentially seven ways for mostly folks still in the establishment. Sounds like a confused message from a group that may be indeed sacred and mad but mostly confused.
Posted by Don Thompson at 2:31PM CST 02/02/16
 

Friday 01/29/16

Cottonseed Farm Program Could Be Costly
Designating cottonseed as an "other oilseed" under USDA's farm safety net could approach $1 billion in annual payments, a group of university ag economists highlighted in an analysis of the proposal on the farmdocdaily website.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 12:27PM CST 01/29/16 by Chris Clayton | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Monday 01/25/16

Ag Action in the Iowa Caucuses
With Washington essentially closed down for the next few days due to the blizzard, the agricultural focus is shifting this week to the campaigning before the Iowa caucuses on Feb. 1.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 7:46AM CST 01/25/16 by Jerry Hagstrom | Post a Comment
Comments (1)
Best thing to happen to this country in awhile! Having the government shut down I mean. No waste for a couple of days. Sounds like the people of AGree have a hippy mentality in their thinking of how gov. can help ag. What we need is less government help. AGree wants everyone to be skinny that means less demand for food.
Posted by Raymond Simpkins at 7:13AM CST 01/26/16
 

Thursday 01/21/16

Senators Push for DOJ Investigation on WOTUS Rule
Republican Sens. Ben Sasse of Nebraska and James Inhofe, Oklahoma have asked the U.S. Department of Justice to open an official investigation into the use of social media by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency leading up to the final release of the waters of the United States rule, in a letter to the DOJ Thursday.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 2:51PM CST 01/21/16 by Todd Neeley | Post a Comment
Comments (2)
Todd: If it goes to the Department of Justice, we know how that would end. I cannot think of one thing this DOJ has ruled against that the Administration supported. This is the equivalent of asking a mother what she thinks of her youngest daughter. This would be nothing more than procedural gymnastics.
Posted by tom vogel at 7:45PM CST 01/21/16
If they expect to prosecute those in violation of this statute we're going to need a lot more prison space.
Posted by Brian Hoffman at 9:17AM CST 01/25/16
 

Tuesday 01/19/16

Public Transparency is Increasingly Critical for Food and Agriculture
Farmers and others in the food supply chain are going to have to increasingly wrap their heads around the idea of more transparency throughout the food system in the coming years.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 1:22PM CST 01/19/16 by Chris Clayton | Post a Comment
Comments (1)
Sadly, the food companies pray on consumers with deceptive labeling such as 'No HFCS'. While it would be good to reveal how the food companies use deception to laugh all the way to the bank, that exposure will also increase the public's distrust with food products. BTW, what does a Center For Food Integrity Do? Is this some Ralph Nader thing?
Posted by Curt Zingula at 7:42AM CST 01/20/16
 

Friday 01/15/16

GOP Candidates Touch on Ag, Farm Issues in Debate
In the midst of the slings and arrows during Thursday night's GOP presidential debate in South Carolina, there were a few nods toward business concern for farmers among the candidates, largely by candidates challenging the stances of others on the stage.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 7:29AM CST 01/15/16 by Chris Clayton | Post a Comment
Comments (18)
Can anyone outside the circus take these clowns seriously?
Posted by Jay Mcginnis at 8:48AM CST 01/15/16
You also need to add that Cruz defended his position on Rubios attack on changing positions as some weren't true. Cruz sees the big picture and is an outsider to Washington . Others are inside the box and will attack and say things to get votes. Cruz is working to obolish socialism and let free markets work!
Posted by Gary Leghton at 10:27AM CST 01/15/16
Cruz is a true outsider, born Canadian citizen! You should love working for the corporate monopolies in his anti-socialist oligarchy Gary!
Posted by Jay Mcginnis at 8:25PM CST 01/15/16
No, his Mom was a US citizen he is just as much American as a person born overseas who has one parent in the US military like John Mcain. Oh,you must be a progressive voting for big gov, big national debt, no freedoms, no guns, no free markets, no field operations without permission from EPA, gimme gimme gimme.......... you cant understand common sense Jay!
Posted by Gary Leghton at 8:52PM CST 01/15/16
No problem Gary, run any of your top leading GOP candidates, just because the angry White male is impressed with them won't mean they will win, the majority will have common sense, who wants the world any of them are pushing? The confederacy lost in 1864, they will lose in 2016, their values are forever lost in history.
Posted by Jay Mcginnis at 7:47AM CST 01/17/16
How do you define "angry White male", Jay? Do you mean that America's Constitutional Rights are being violated? Every true American should be furious when our God given rights are tread upon, not just "angry White males". By "impressed", do you mean that some still desire a Constitution-abiding president? And again, that is not just the "angry White male". America is successful because we have a Constitution which guards our nation against a powerful centralized government. People immigrate here because they love freedom, that is who " wants the world they are pushing". The Democratic candidates refuse to acknowledge the authority of the Constitution, which in turn demolishes the base of freedom. Because neither the national nor the state governments are diligent in upholding the Constitution, Liberty is losing ground. Don't you want Liberty for all?
Posted by Gary Leghton at 3:57PM CST 01/17/16
Liberty is losing ground? Yeah maybe to corporations that claim to be people but what have you lost? Need a background check to buy your automatic weapondry, afraid you'd fail it? I surely don't feel less free, I don't feel oppression of tyrany but I do worry about religious freedoms that the GOP candidates want to obliterate! Better get your definitions straight and brush up on your constitutional law. But send in the clowns, let's see how the whole country votes!
Posted by Jay Mcginnis at 4:31PM CST 01/17/16
First, I don't understand what religious rights the GOP is violating unless you consider terrorism a religion and second, you don't need background checks for weapons that criminals steal or buy off the street (doesnt work). The Second Amendment states it shall not be infringed. Sounds like you may need to brush up a little! Also, you didn't address all of my questions directed to you, maybe you could clear that up Jay.
Posted by Gary Leghton at 5:43PM CST 01/17/16
Jay, why do you bother to write on any of these blogs?I have never read anything smart you have ever wrote. I am neither Republican or Democrat but if we vote in any democrat the U.S. is in trouble. Look at the mess we have now. No one will be able to afford health insurance in a few years if they don't do away with Obamacare. Dems. even want to do away with your little electric car.
Posted by Raymond Simpkins at 6:34PM CST 01/17/16
I am not a dem or rep either Raymond but if you vote GOP you will need a new China to finance another war. Look at the mess GW left, how will you pay for another war in Iran? Haven't you learned from Vietnam and Iraq? Better keep the money in this country and buy a rail system and renewable energy projects so the mideast can keep their oil and we can combat climate change. And Gary, you like guns so much, why don't you start a volunteer militia to go get ISIS instead of a bird watching sanctuary?
Posted by Jay Mcginnis at 10:02AM CST 01/18/16
Jay, still waiting for you to answer the questions you haven't addressed yet. ( Crickets are chirping!)
Posted by Gary Leghton at 1:32PM CST 01/18/16
Another stupid comment Jay, no answer about healthcare. Dems. Are the ones pushing for all the new U.S. pipelines not renewable fuels so there goes your theory.
Posted by Raymond Simpkins at 2:48PM CST 01/18/16
Folks, While it's good to know that people are engaged on these candidates, I'm somewhat dismayed by the level of discourse regarding the blog. I appreciate the views, and appreciate the lack of salty and offensive language as well. I would request a little less dart tossing between each other and the personal commentary regarding the candidates. There is an awful lot of that in this presidential election already. I want to highlight issues related to candidatesâ?™ views on topics important to farmers but I would like to keep the focus on those topics. We all need to realize a little more these days that not everyone is on the right or the left. To quote country singer Don Williams, "I don't believe the price of gold The certainty of growing old That right is right and left is wrong That north and south can't get along ..." Thanks again.
Posted by CHRIS CLAYTON at 11:53AM CST 01/19/16
Chris, Watching S. Palin endorse D. Trump on MSNBC. You want rational logical discussions of national issues?? Good Luck with that.
Posted by Don Thompson at 6:20PM CST 01/19/16
Chris certainly took the fun out of the posts here, didn't he.
Posted by CRAIG MOORE at 5:18PM CST 01/21/16
Yea Craig, he kinda did. Everyone is afraid to face the real issues anyway. We can't hurt anybodies feelings you know! Thats Clintons campaign though.
Posted by Raymond Simpkins at 6:30PM CST 01/21/16
Don Thompson is right, who can have a logical discussion? Sarah says it all!
Posted by Jay Mcginnis at 9:33AM CST 01/23/16
Yeah Jay, and everyone is still waiting for you to answer ANY questions anyone has given you. Jay says nothing but what his little voices tells him to.
Posted by CRAIG MOORE at 1:09PM CST 01/25/16
 

Wednesday 01/13/16

Ag Groups React to SOTU on Trade, Climate
There were few early reactions Tuesday or Wednesday from agricultural groups to the State of the Union speech.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 7:44AM CST 01/13/16 by Chris Clayton | Post a Comment
Comments (2)
The ASA needs to dig into the multi-thousand page TPP more deeply. This monster is not at all about free trade. It is more about climate change, unionization of workers, and currency manipulation. If they think they can market more soybeans with this thing, they are dead wrong. If you want to market more soybeans, advance the uses of the product. Forget this TPP dog; it's not going to hunt!
Posted by tom vogel at 10:21PM CST 01/13/16
If the TPP was is so great, why does it have so much money in it to help "retrain displaced workers" in the US?
Posted by CRAIG MOORE at 10:58AM CST 01/14/16
 

Sunday 01/10/16

Vilsack Talks About Cotton, Biotech Labels
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack held another town-hall meeting Sunday at the American Farm Bureau Federation annual meeting with outgoing AFBF Bob Stallman. Among the questions Vilsack was asked by a Texas cotton producer whether USDA would be able to provide some aid for cotton producers.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 9:04PM CST 01/10/16 by Chris Clayton | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Friday 01/08/16

Keystone XL Lawsuits Further Complicate TPP Politics
The announcement earlier this week by TransCanada that the company is filing lawsuits against the U.S. over rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline will affect several political debates in the coming year, including the fight over the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 12:58PM CST 01/08/16 by Chris Clayton | Post a Comment
Comments (1)
The longer this TPP is delayed the better. Hopefully Congress will get off their dead hind ends and mothball it. This TPP is not at all about free trade. It is full of pork and poop.
Posted by tom vogel at 8:00AM CST 01/09/16
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