Sun Dec 1, 2013 12:44 PM CST While most of America was either shopping or watching football on Friday, EPA and USDA were posting a couple of key proposal changes in the Federal Register. EPA officiall proposed its RFS volumes while USDA announced a study on possible changes to the CRP.
Tue Nov 26, 2013 10:28 PM CST Three major commodity groups would oppose a new farm bill and support extending the 2008 farm law for as much as two more years, as well as a cut in Direct Payments, rather than see target prices recoupled to planted acres.
Fri Nov 22, 2013 07:52 AM CST I was nuanced in a blog item earlier this week in which I pointed out that farmers in some parts of the country are now seeing cash corn prices below the potential target price under the House version of the farm bill.
Thu Nov 21, 2013 07:13 AM CST Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas, talked to a handful of reporters Wednesday between votes outside the House chamber, an area known as the Speaker's Lounge. Conaway said House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, has given congressmen a hard deadline that the House will adjourn on Dec. 13. "He told everybody in the room we are done at 11 a.m. on Dec. 13," he said.
Wed Nov 20, 2013 06:53 AM CST A provision in the House version of the farm bill that would restrict states' ability to block the sale of agricultural products from other states is creating some political infighting in Iowa.
Mon Nov 18, 2013 10:00 AM CST Farmers in parts of the northern and eastern Corn Belt would be collecting Price Loss Coverage payments on their corn crops this week IF the House version of the farm bill were in place.
Thu Nov 14, 2013 03:41 PM CST Conferees on the farm bill met Oct. 30. Do you remember that? There were all these Kumbaya statements. That was now more than two weeks ago. The House and Senate conferees haven't set a full meeting since then. Meanwhile, people continue to push their demands.
Mon Nov 11, 2013 10:32 PM CST I spent some time Monday listening to a couple of bankers from North Dakota talk about the impacts of the Bakken shale oil development while I watched the emails flow about the Associated Press article declaring that the push for ethanol has led to disastrous outcomes.
Thu Nov 7, 2013 05:06 PM CST Environmental Working Group put out data on Thursday headlined "Forbes Billionaires Reaped Millions in Farm Subsidies." Wow, that's interesting. It was a big deal to some, including the New York Times, which went right off the EWG data and turned an article out of it.
Wed Nov 6, 2013 01:24 PM CST House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas, R-Okla., now opposes the provision in the proposed Dairy Security Act that the dairy farmers call market stabilization and the dairy processors, who oppose it, call supply management, a Texas newspaper reported.
Tue Nov 5, 2013 08:06 PM CST National Farmers Union issued a statement Tuesday, firing back at Canada's agricultural minister over COOL. NFU stated Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack had confirmed USDA's commitment to Country-of-Origin Labeling. The statement noted the U.S. Trade Representative's Office also has indicated repeatedly that USDA' s new rule would meet World Trade Organization rules.
Mon Nov 4, 2013 11:16 AM CST A number of national biofuels trade groups asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit Nov. 1 to allow them to intervene in a lawsuit that attempts to force the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to scale back 2013 volumes in the Renewable Fuel Standard.
Sun Nov 3, 2013 07:51 PM CST On Tuesday, the latest battle in biotech food labeling will play out at the ballot in Washington state. Voters in Washington will decide on Initiative 522, a ballot measure that would require clear and conspicuous labels on foods containing ingredients from genetically-engineered crops.
Wed Oct 30, 2013 11:23 AM CDT A bipartisan group of more than 130 U.S. lawmakers led by Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., is asking U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy to adjust down the Renewable Fuel Standard, in a letter sent to McCarthy Monday.