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Saturday 05/23/15

Attention Turns to House on TPA After Senate Passage
The Senate voted 62-37 on Friday evening to pass Trade Promotion Authority, which would give the White House a better chance to reach an agreement in the 12-country Trans-Pacific Partnership. The House had already left for the Memorial Day break and will not return to D.C. until early June.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 8:11AM CDT 05/23/15 by Chris Clayton | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Thursday 05/21/15

Ethanol Hopes to Open Exports to Japan
With the ethanol industry facing market challenges at home with the Renewable Fuel Standard and the E10 blend wall, two ethanol industry groups and a commodity group are on a trade mission to Japan with the hopes of opening up more export opportunities.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 12:31PM CDT 05/21/15 by Todd Neeley | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Wednesday 05/20/15

Resolution of COOL Likely to Drag On
Before we run off and get rid of COOL, tell me how many cattle and hogs you think we slaughter from other countries? The number is probably less than you think.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 6:46AM CDT 05/20/15 by Chris Clayton | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Tuesday 05/19/15

EPA Spokesperson: 'We Followed law on WOTUS'
In response to a New York Times' story Monday, http://tinyurl.com/k9qhxoe, that alleged the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency may have violated lobbying laws when it used a grassroots social media campaign to generate support for the waters of the United States rule, an EPA spokesperson told DTN Tuesday the agency acted within the scope of the law.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 10:20AM CDT 05/19/15 by Todd Neeley | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 
Final WOTUS may be Released this Week
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is set to release the final waters of the United States rule this week, the New York Times, http://tinyurl.com/k9qhxoe, reported Monday in a piece that documents how the agency conducted a grassroots campaign to build support for a rule that has been widely unpopular across the country.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 9:47AM CDT 05/19/15 by Todd Neeley | Post a Comment
Comments (1)
Well, if this covers every little creek, stream, waterway, and ditch, then our wonderful farms are going to be turned into wildlife refuges and we will be importing corn and soybeans from Brazil. That will end once we fall into financial abyss and then we become a third-world country. All of this while the rest of the world develops modern agricultural excellence. Thank you Secretary McCarthy. There is a reason the she never showed up in the Corn Belt to peddle her wares - she would be run out of town. Citing Pogo: "I have spotted the enemy...and he is we."
Posted by tom vogel at 10:14AM CDT 05/19/15
 

Friday 05/15/15

Sage Grouse, Prairie Chicken Listing Blocked by Defense Bill Provision
The U.S. House of Representatives inserted language to a must-pass national defense spending bill to block the endangered listing of the greater sage grouse and the lesser prairie chicken. It remains to be seen what happens to the provision in the Senate and whether the legislation would be signed by the president. So far the Obama administration has indicated it will veto the measure.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 10:48AM CDT 05/15/15 by Todd Neeley | Post a Comment
Comments (3)
GOP is the party of dirty air, dirty water, war, torture, racism, anti science, pro corporation,,,, no surprises here.
Posted by Jay Mcginnis at 6:41AM CDT 05/16/15
Good reporting Todd - I appreciate hearing both sides of the story! BTW I feel the Cattlemen have a better handle on the survival of Sage Grouse than the political whiners.
Posted by Curt Zingula at 6:43AM CDT 05/18/15
Good reporting Todd - I appreciate hearing both sides of the story! BTW I feel the Cattlemen have a better handle on the survival of Sage Grouse than the political whiners.
Posted by Curt Zingula at 6:43AM CDT 05/18/15
 

Thursday 05/14/15

Ag Lauds Senate Vote on Trade
U.S. agriculture industry groups came out in full support of U.S. Senate action Thursday that moves one step closer to giving the Obama administration trade promotion authority on a Pacific trade deal.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 4:23PM CDT 05/14/15 by Todd Neeley | Post a Comment
Comments (1)
You better watch what you ask for...you just might get it! This trade proposal is literally under lock and key! Only two republicans have read the proposal, and those two claimed they really didn't understand the proposal. If it is such a great proposal, then why is it guarded even to the point where readers can't even take notes? The republicans, who have left their brains in their home areas, are being hoodwinked thinking this proposal is all about "free trade." I don't think it is all that "free."
Posted by tom vogel at 8:51AM CDT 05/15/15
 
Iowa Offers Cost-Share on Conservation Practices
As part of Iowa's efforts to reduce nutrients runoff the state announced this week a cost-share program aimed at helping producers implement cover crops, no-till and strip-till practices, as well as nitrification inhibitor when applying fertilizer.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 8:56AM CDT 05/14/15 by Todd Neeley | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Tuesday 05/12/15

House Votes to Kill EPA Waters of the U.S. Rule
The House of Representatives voted 261-155 Tuesday evening to block EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers from moving ahead with the controversial "waters of the U.S." rule.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 8:11PM CDT 05/12/15 by Chris Clayton | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Monday 05/11/15

DuPont Versus Trian Creates a Lot of Intrigue for Agriculture
What happens when shareholders meet Wednesday at DuPont's offices in Delaware depends heavily on how large investors weigh in over a proxy fight between DuPont's current leaders and Trian Fund Management CEO Nelson Peltz.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 2:52PM CDT 05/11/15 by Chris Clayton | Post a Comment
Comments (1)
just another example of what happens when one of American agriculture's great founding companies becomes bait for bigger fish. Without substantial R&D, a seed company such as Pioneer will be dead in the water. Can you say: Monsanto's hostile bid for Syngenta !?!
Posted by McFly at 3:33PM CDT 05/11/15
 

Wednesday 05/06/15

Getting into Compliance with USDA Conservation Rules
If you are a commodity producer, chances are you've been dealing with this issue for several years with the Farm Service Agency and compliance standards. However, conservation compliance may be a new concept facing as many as 25,000 farmers who grow specialty crops.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 3:49PM CDT 05/06/15 by Chris Clayton | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Tuesday 05/05/15

Ag Groups Take on Bankers Over Farm Credit System
In the never-ending battle of farm credit versus bankers, it's 42-1 in Washington right now, at least in the letter-writing department.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 9:00PM CDT 05/05/15 by Chris Clayton | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Monday 05/04/15

Brazil Questioning U.S. Farm Programs as Crop Prices Slide
Brazil and the United States may be headed for another clash over U.S. farm programs. According to Reuters, Brazilian officials are collecting information to show that the U.S. "is increasing subsidies for soy and corn farmers, which threatens to further push down prices for key crops grown in the South American country and hurt its already sputtering economy." Reuters cited four Brazilian officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 9:15AM CDT 05/04/15 by Chris Clayton | Post a Comment
Comments (3)
Talk about disadvantages where else can you buy cheap land.Clear millions of acres of forest,and grow two crops per year.
Posted by Raymond Simpkins at 9:50AM CDT 05/04/15
Raymond, that is capitalism,,,, are you suggesting the government should pay farmers to level the field? I bet you secretively listen to NPR and voted for Obama???
Posted by Jay Mcginnis at 6:10AM CDT 05/07/15
Am I the only one here that thinks Jay totally missed the point and tossed a response in from far, far left field?
Posted by CRAIG MOORE at 11:01AM CDT 05/07/15
 

Friday 05/01/15

Chicago to Consider E15 Mandate
Ethanol interests are holding out hope the Chicago City Council may soon pass a new city ordinance that would require all 400-plus retail gasoline stations in the city to sell E15.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 1:53PM CDT 05/01/15 by Todd Neeley | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Wednesday 04/29/15

TPA Critics Complain About Provision on Biotech Crops
Critics of trade promotion authority lashed out at a familiar villain on Wednesday. Rep. Peter DeFazio issued a news release stated TPA would help companies attack state or national laws on labeling genetically engineered foods.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 4:36PM CDT 04/29/15 by Chris Clayton | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
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