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Monday 07/27/15

Looking at Corporate Climate Initiatives and Agriculture
The White House announced Monday it was launching an initiative highlighting the "American Business Act on Climate Pledge. The effort spotlighted 13 large American companies pushing for action on climate change. The announcement had some emphasis on agriculture, food processing and continued opportunities for landowners to make money through renewable energy, particularly expanded wind production.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 11:35AM CDT 07/27/15 by Chris Clayton | Post a Comment
Comments (1)
All of these commitments raise the question of what will farming do? Tillage releases GHG. Putting the kabosh on tillage would be a death blow for organic production. Would they get an exemption like wind energy gets for killing eagles and endangered bats?! Ain't politics fun!!
Posted by Curt Zingula at 6:49AM CDT 07/28/15
 

Thursday 07/23/15

USDA Gathers Conservation Data
USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service is launching a conservation survey of farmers and ranchers to get an idea of what kinds of practices farmers are implementing, according to a news release from USDA.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 1:44PM CDT 07/23/15 by Todd Neeley | Post a Comment
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"their responses can help leaders focus on the conservation practices that most benefit both the farmer and the natural resources on which we all rely." ....... Tell this to the regulation loving environmentalists belly-aching that Iowa's voluntary nutrient reduction strategy wasn't fully implemented the day after it was announced! Regulations they say are the answer but apparently those who would regulate aren't even sure which way to turn.
Posted by Curt Zingula at 7:40AM CDT 07/24/15
I hope USDA surveys golf courses/Country Clubs/Cities as well.
Posted by Coy Allen at 10:50AM CDT 07/24/15
 

Wednesday 07/22/15

Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy Mirrors Iowa
Environmentalists and others who contend the only way to reduce nutrients runoff into the Gulf of Mexico is through regulation, may not be happy with the release of the final Illinois nutrient loss reduction strategy Tuesday that is a virtual copy of the Iowa strategy hammered on by critics as 'too soft.'[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 2:50PM CDT 07/22/15 by Todd Neeley | Post a Comment
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Bill Stowe's initials create an appropriate acronym. Collaboration is already working in Iowa. I attended a conservation tour last month in which the engineer of a bio-reactor informed us that this cost-share structure provided a valuable learning experience. Will millions of dollars spent on a law suit do that?!
Posted by Curt Zingula at 7:27AM CDT 07/23/15
 

Monday 07/20/15

Cover Crops use Continue Rise Nationally
For a third-consecutive year a cover crops survey of 1,200 farmers across the country continue to see bumps in corn and soybean yields following the use of cover crops. In addition, the Conservation Technology Information Center Cover Crop Survey recorded an increase in the number of cover crop acres planted nationwide.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 1:17PM CDT 07/20/15 by Todd Neeley | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Friday 07/17/15

Senate Tax Package Could Offset Some Doom and Gloom
The Senate Finance Committee on Friday rolled out a package of business tax breaks that the committee will take up on Tuesday. The plan deals with about 50 individual and business taxes that would translate into about $95.6 billion in overall tax breaks for people and companies.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 3:08PM CDT 07/17/15 by Chris Clayton | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Wednesday 07/15/15

An EU Farm Group's Beef Over TTIP Talks
In the debate over agricultural market access in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, the European agricultural group Copa-Cogeca has spelled out some conditions its leaders believe need to be met to make the European trade deal a benefit for both sides of the Atlantic.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 12:27PM CDT 07/15/15 by Chris Clayton | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Monday 07/13/15

There Are Budget Cuts and Then There Are Budget Cuts
I got an email over the weekend from my congressman, an enthusiastic freshman, who is boasting that Congress, as a government agency, has cut its own budget. Other government agencies should do the same.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 11:30AM CDT 07/13/15 by Chris Clayton | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Thursday 07/09/15

Confederate Flag Debate Stalls EPA Budget Bill
A bill that would make significant cuts to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency budget was grounded Thursday, after Republican members objected to an amendment passed by voice vote Tuesday night to ban the Confederate flag at national cemeteries, according to The Hill.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 1:30PM CDT 07/09/15 by Todd Neeley | Post a Comment
Comments (3)
In short, the party of dirty air/dirty water and science denial is too busy defending the flag of treason to make serious legislation!
Posted by Jay Mcginnis at 6:57AM CDT 07/14/15
The Confederate flag stands as much for state rights as it does for slavery and the states should determine where, when or if it flies. And if we are going to throw part of that past in the dust bin and forget about it, let's through all the history of that time away. No more talk of slavery or reparations for anyone because of the past. It is done and gone, times have changed so let's move on, totally.
Posted by CRAIG MOORE at 4:27PM CDT 07/17/15
I'd rather fly an historical battle flag than a communist flag that stands for oppression and murder.... on another note, the EPA is a bloated inefficient burocracy that needs much fat trimmed from its budget.
Posted by Paul Beiser at 5:26PM CDT 07/23/15
 

Tuesday 07/07/15

Farm Bureau to House: Reject RFS Amendment
The American Farm Bureau Federation sent a letter Monday to every member of the House of Representatives asking lawmakers to "reject any proposals that amend, repeal, defund or otherwise modify or interfere with the Renewable Fuels Standard."[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 11:33AM CDT 07/07/15 by Chris Clayton | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

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 | Post a Comment
Comments (1)
Normal relations with Cuba should increase agricultural sales for the US but with unintended consequences. The US Cuban immigrant lobby is arguably as powerful as the AG lobby. That means real damage for the sugar program as Cuban supplies are accommodated as happened when Mexico got a place at the ttables
Posted by Thomas Runholt at 3:34PM CDT 07/06/15
 

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
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