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Thursday 09/03/15

FSA Reminds Farmers About Safety Net Enrollment Deadlines
The Farm Service Agency issued a notice Wednesday alerting farmers and dairy producers that they have until Sept. 30 to wrap up their enrollment in programs such as Agricultural Risk Coverage, Price Loss Coverage and the Margin Protection Program for Dairy.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 2:29PM CDT 09/03/15 by Chris Clayton | Post a Comment
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Any information yet on what the 2014 national marketing year price will be for corn? Is that a calculated number? If so, based on what information? If it's not calculated, hopefully it isn't generated from the same group that throws darts in the monthly S&D reports.
Posted by JASON BODE at 3:50PM CDT 09/03/15
 

Tuesday 09/01/15

NFU Signals Growing Farm Stress
National Farmers Union sent out a signal of alarm Monday as the group asked USDA officials to plan for increased loan and loan-guarantee applications, while also ensure USDA's Certified Agricultural Mediation Program prepare for a bigger workload as well.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 8:14AM CDT 09/01/15 by Chris Clayton | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Monday 08/31/15

EPA Analyzes Successes, Shortfalls of Three Chesapeake Bay States
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency pointed to the successes and shortfalls of agriculture programs in Delaware, Maryland and West Virginia in implementing the total maximum daily loads, or TMDLS, in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, in many cases emphasizing the voluntary measures well under way in three of the six states in the watershed, in a news release Monday.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 1:53PM CDT 08/31/15 by Todd Neeley | Post a Comment
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When I visited muscle farmers off New England states they told me the greatest polluters (I. e. don't have/rent a farm just below a golf course) are golf courses? Will EPA check those sites under this new ruling?
Posted by Coy Allen at 7:26AM CDT 09/01/15
 

Friday 08/28/15

Enviros sue EPA on WOTUS
As if pressure from agriculture, industry, states and others suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to stop the waters of the United States rule wasn't enough, a number of environmental groups filed suit Friday in a federal court in California, hitting the rule from a different angle but based on many of the same reasons argued so far by many other plaintiffs in courts across the country.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 2:43PM CDT 08/28/15 by Todd Neeley | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Thursday 08/27/15

USDA Unveils Sage Grouse Initiative 2.0
The USDA announced $211 million in funding to help ranchers adopt conservation measures that are designed to benefit the endangered sage grouse on federal lands, according to a press announcement Thursday.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 10:53AM CDT 08/27/15 by Todd Neeley | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Tuesday 08/25/15

House Presses EPA on Mine Spill, WOTUS Ruling Expected
As if the politics of the Clean Water Act were not already toxic with the scheduled implementation of the controversial waters of the United States rule Friday, 28 states filing suit and an expected court ruling on a requested injunction to stop the rule, a House committee investigating the Gold King Mine spill in Colorado that turned the Animas River yellow is accusing U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy of stonewalling the committee's efforts.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 1:46PM CDT 08/25/15 by Todd Neeley | Post a Comment
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I really expected to see a response to this article from Jay but since this is a problem created by the EPA and he can't say anything about electric cars affecting this, my guess is he will be silent until it blows over.
Posted by CRAIG MOORE at 3:38PM CDT 08/27/15
How was this problem created by the EPA? This mine and hundreds of others operated by US citizens previously, and since abandoned, have created toxic waste for years with the EPA then charged with finding remedy. Private enterprises created the problem. The EPA, the organization formed by the remaining responsible US citizenry have to try and remedy this calamity not of our creation. The private contract hired by the EPA to work on this particular mine was responsible for the "spill". A problem this contractor had not created either. Our forefathers left countless environmental problems for future generations to solve. We will pass on several for others to solve. The EPA will be in the mix to solve the or prevent the environmental issues. The current rant against the EPA and all government is political and fueled by willing ignorance. Please blog responsibly.
Posted by Don Thompson at 7:01AM CDT 08/29/15
All do to the demands of the entire populace as like in food proction. Then point fingers at someone else.
Posted by Bonnie Dukowitz at 9:23AM CDT 08/30/15
You are so right Don and the current Congress also likes to defund many agencies then blame the president.
Posted by Jay Mcginnis at 8:08AM CDT 08/31/15
 

Thursday 08/20/15

Inhofe Questions WOTUS Provision
Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., makes the case Washington, D.C.'s entire sewer system could be considered waters of the United States based on the language of the new rule set to be implemented Aug. 28, in a letter Thursday to Jo Ellen Darcy, assistant secretary of the Army and Ken Kopocis, deputy assistant administrator of the office of water at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 2:09PM CDT 08/20/15 by Todd Neeley | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Wednesday 08/19/15

Aggie Moms Versus Celebrity Moms Over Biotech Food Labels
The fight over labeling food containing ingredients from biotech crops has turned into a battle of celebrity moms versus aggie moms.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 11:50AM CDT 08/19/15 by Chris Clayton | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Monday 08/17/15

Iowa Farm Bureau Looks at Costs of Avian Influenza
Iowa Farm Bureau issued study results Monday showing avian influenza is costing Iowa's economy nearly 8,500 jobs and $425 million in lost value.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 3:04PM CDT 08/17/15 by Chris Clayton | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Wednesday 08/12/15

EPA Moment of Irony on Water Quality
One definition of irony is a state of affairs or event that seems deliberately contrary to what one expects. Certainly that's the situation with EPA and water pollution at the moment.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 3:44PM CDT 08/12/15 by Chris Clayton | Post a Comment
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Federal government is alot of help. E.P.A. and U.S.D.A. are the biggest waste of time and money.Can't wait for local governments and the public to hose them good.
Posted by Raymond Simpkins at 9:11PM CDT 08/12/15
There was a letter to the editor published in the Silverton Standard on July 30 predicting the very type of disaster which happened a week later. The author, Dave Taylor of Farmington, NM, went so far as to imply that the EPA wanted a disaster to push their agenda to make it a Superfund Site. The EPA needs to be held accountable!
Posted by CARLYLE CURRIER at 10:28PM CDT 08/12/15
There was a letter to the editor published in the Silverton Standard on July 30 predicting the very type of disaster which happened a week later. The author, Dave Taylor of Farmington, NM, went so far as to imply that the EPA wanted a disaster to push their agenda to make it a Superfund Site. The EPA needs to be held accountable!
Posted by CARLYLE CURRIER at 10:28PM CDT 08/12/15
Trouble with accountability, especially financial accountability, is that it falls on the shoulders of the taxpayers - we'll be the ones getting "hosed". But HEY, I like the EPA's philosophy that "water restores itself to a prior condition". That philosophy will work well for the sediment and nitrates running into streams after a heavy rain! C'mon EPA don't get hypocritical on us!
Posted by Curt Zingula at 6:57AM CDT 08/13/15
Love that EPA is on record stating, "The good news is that the data so far shows water quality does restore itself to a prior condition". Sadly folks, this kind of reaction from EPA only happens when it is the federal government at fault. But hey, next time it's one of us in ag defending our actions, let's use their own statement as a defense. The solution to pollution is always dilution; no matter the guilty party!!
Posted by Jarrod Bennett at 10:40AM CDT 08/14/15
 

Tuesday 08/11/15

Members of Congress Seek Action on Chinese Currency Devaluation
At least a few members of Congress called on the Obama administration to take some actions against China because of its currency devaluation on Tuesday, but there were few specifics on what actions should actually be taken.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 4:21PM CDT 08/11/15 by Chris Clayton | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Friday 08/07/15

Algae Blooms and Other Unforeseeable Problems
Last week senators from Indiana, Ohio and Michigan wrote a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack calling on USDA to develop a comprehensive plan to deal with algae blooms in Lake Erie. Algae is a growing problem that's going to get worse because of climate change, but we already knew that.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 10:42AM CDT 08/07/15 by Chris Clayton | Post a Comment
Comments (4)
Ummmm, maybe we better find some energy sources that don't increase the carbon levels in the atmosphere but that might take some hope and change that a certain political party is opposed to!
Posted by Jay Mcginnis at 6:07AM CDT 08/08/15
What about the millions of gallons of raw sewage Toledo and all the other cities on Lake Erie dump every time it rains?
Posted by Raymond Simpkins at 7:31PM CDT 08/09/15
Too many, Raymond, are so busy pointing the finger at others, they do not have time to look backward and see their own discharge.
Posted by Bonnie Dukowitz at 7:03AM CDT 08/10/15
Bonnie is right about too much finger pointing. Still, I'll risk condemnation by pointing out something that not even the all-knowing EPA doesn't address and that is the much higher fertilizer needs of today's crops. Because our fore-fathers mined the soil for decades we now have to add additional P to feed a higher yielding crop and bring soils back to optimal levels. With corn yields stuck at 30 bu./acre eighty years ago and today's corn yields at six times greater, the N applications we need to use are also six times greater. The higher input costs for modern crops means that farmers are less likely to let their crops go hungry. When the EPA stops looking into crystal balls (ones that benefit the growth of their agency) and deals with reality, we may actually make progress on nutrient pollution.
Posted by Curt Zingula at 7:23AM CDT 08/10/15
 

Tuesday 08/04/15

USTR: Canada and Mexico Inflated Losses Due to COOL
In its latest filing with the World Trade Organization over country of origin labeling, the U.S. Trade Representative's Office argues Canada and Mexico just slightly over-calculated their market losses and threatened sanction values to the tune of about $3 billion.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 11:18AM CDT 08/04/15 by Chris Clayton | Post a Comment
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Where is the lawsuit against Canada for all the cattle business we lost because of the mad cow diseased cattle they shipped down here.
Posted by CRAIG MOORE at 7:55AM CDT 08/05/15
 

Friday 07/31/15

Congress Still Struggling to Roll on Down the Highway
President Barack Obama signed off on the temporary bill Friday, but indicated his frustration with Congress over the inability to approve a long-term highway bill. He noted that the lack of a long-term bill makes it hard for governors and mayors to set priorities for roads, bridges, airports and ports.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 4:17PM CDT 07/31/15 by Chris Clayton | Post a Comment
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The GOP is doing what their constituents put them there to do, say no to everything Obama wants.
Posted by Jay Mcginnis at 11:37AM CDT 08/01/15
Thats because everything Obama wants is Stupid.
Posted by Raymond Simpkins at 8:49PM CDT 08/03/15
It is time that all fuel is taxed the same for all users. My city decided that everyone in town had to pay for the new baseball stadium even though I have never been to that stadium. It is time to put the same tax on every gallon of fuel, no matter if it is used driving on the road or not. If you own a four wheeler that has never touched a road you have to pay the same tax as someone who drives a car only on the roads. Time to get rid of this stupid off road tax reduction idea on fuel. If you use the fuel, you pay the same tax, no matter what the use of the fuel is. If you don't like it, start driving a solar powered tractor.
Posted by CRAIG MOORE at 8:08AM CDT 08/04/15
Great idea Craig, its called a carbon tax and it will go to promote clean energy that doesn't need wars in the mideast or cause climate change. I hate so much that we sprint over 900 billion dollars and 5000 US lives as well as the Million Iraqi lives that I promised to use my own solar produced electricity to power my car. It is working great and at over 32,000 miles and only put air in the tires I can see why the oil sheiks hate them! Just think, you wouldn't be sending money to the Mideast to support groups like Isis if you drove with solar electric!
Posted by Jay Mcginnis at 10:08PM CDT 08/04/15
Keep pumping up the little car of yours Jay. What about the grain dryer and all the tractors you drive. When are you converting them to solar?
Posted by CRAIG MOORE at 7:57AM CDT 08/05/15
Jay, Good Job. My new solar panels are providing power to the farm and building credit for grain dryer operations this fall. I am not off the grid but their are affordable options even in my red state with a state government that has pledged to not support renewable fuels or cleaner air. They wish to remain in the 19th century and can't figure out why educated youth leave the state in droves.
Posted by Don Thompson at 8:36AM CDT 08/05/15
Don thats great! It is weird that the deniers keep beating up solar and wind when it has gotten much cheaper and affordable despite the attempts to destroy it. Some electric companies want to tax people who own solar so they can make up missed revenues, and the they call progressives socialists? Electric cars are improving every year and in 2017 all cars should have over a 200 mile range as Tesla builds its battery factory. 32,000 miles and all I did was put air in the tire and charge with clean/farm made solar electricity! Maybe this fall we can dry corn by burning confederate flags, a renewable source of otherwise worthless material.
Posted by Jay Mcginnis at 6:54AM CDT 08/06/15
Jay try putting 32000 mi on your car in one year. See how long that will take ya.
Posted by Raymond Simpkins at 1:32PM CDT 08/06/15
Jays answer to everything is "I drive an electric car". Jay, how much diesel do you burn planting your crops? "I drive an electric car". Jay, how much did you pay back on the grant you got for the grain dryer? "I drive an electric car". Jay, what color is the sky? "I drive an electric car". Oh, and also "All GOP people are trying to murder the whole world." Jay, can you ever be realistic about anything? "I drive an electric car".
Posted by CRAIG MOORE at 4:35PM CDT 08/07/15
Well Craig if I didn't drive a solar powered electric car you and your neocon cronies would accuse me of not walking the talk and I surely can't accuse you of not walking your talk,,, well maybe you should send your kids to Iraq or now Iran to realistically keep us awash in oil!
Posted by Jay Mcginnis at 6:05AM CDT 08/11/15
Driving an electric car on roads that you don't pay a dime to maintain isn't going to solve all the problems Jay. Time to put limitations on population and get the amount down to a sustainable level.
Posted by CRAIG MOORE at 8:16AM CDT 08/11/15
 

Thursday 07/30/15

Ag Groups Join Call for Delay on Ozone Regs
A number of agriculture interest groups are among 269 organizations that asked President Barack Obama Wednesday to stop the release of more stringent national ambient air quality standards by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, set for release sometime this year.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 10:00AM CDT 07/30/15 by Todd Neeley | Post a Comment
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When the environment is destroyed, the water unfit to drink, air unfit to breath and severe climate change then maybe such groups will realize that all the extra money they made will not save the planet. Who needs ozone, you can't even see it! Must be a leftist idea! Bring out the emails and all the GOP candidates to protest science!
Posted by Jay Mcginnis at 6:59AM CDT 07/31/15
All I had to do is read the headline and I knew who was going to be standing on the soap box at the end, and I was right. Jay, do you heat your shops all winter in case you want to work out there comfortably? I don't. Do you use air conditioning at your house? I don't. In the winter you keep you furnace set at 55 during the week and only put it to 65 when you are there all day. I do. Do you keep a gallon bucket in your shower so you can have one less toilet flush. I do, and I am also one of the "if its yellow be mellow" type of guy. And just so you know I am one of the dirty rotted GOP types. Unlike you I understand that sometimes the government agencies go overboard to get things back to the pristine condition that hasn't been since the natives crossed the Bering Straight. Sorry bud, if you want to allow 7 billion people live on the earth, not everything is going to be the perfect little world you think you live in.
Posted by CRAIG MOORE at 1:03PM CDT 07/31/15
Craig ALL of my electricity is made on the farm by solar, I heat with geothermal powered by my own electric and I use a little wood grown on the farm. As you know my car and lawn mower are powered by the sun as well. People can live comfortably and not ruin the earth but then how would the corporations that run the GOP make billions off oil, coal and wars? I am comfortably living, sorry about your lifestyle.
Posted by Jay Mcginnis at 11:29AM CDT 08/01/15
Jay you don't even live on a farm.
Posted by Raymond Simpkins at 8:48PM CDT 08/03/15
When you get $362,000 in crop subsidies, you can probably afford all that, using other peoples money. And how much did you have to pay back on that grant for the grain drier and is it run on your solar system?
Posted by CRAIG MOORE at 8:10AM CDT 08/04/15
Now Craig, how much do I pay in taxes to make sure you get your oil fix? How much do i pay that you GOP get to enjoy a good old illegal war in a place that brings you crude? How much carbon are you dumping in my air, so much the climate is changing! Your lifestyle is far more expensive then mine, ask any scientist!
Posted by Jay Mcginnis at 10:12PM CDT 08/04/15
Just answer the dam questions, Jay, and stay away from the lame attempted rhetoric.
Posted by CRAIG MOORE at 9:37AM CDT 08/06/15
Craig, Jay wont answer any questions because he don't want the federal government to find out he doesn't really farm.
Posted by Raymond Simpkins at 1:35PM CDT 08/06/15
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