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Friday 08/01/14

Farmers Urged to Give Lawmakers Earful on CWA, Immigration
The American Farm Bureau is urging its members to discuss with lawmakers how the EPA Clean Water Act rule and lack of immigration reform will affect life on the farm. In addition, the AFBF Friday expressed disappointment at the failure of World Trade Organization trade talks in Geneva this week.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 1:09PM CDT 08/01/14 by Todd Neeley | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Thursday 07/31/14

USDA Releases Greenhouse Gas Report
USDA released a technical document Thursday that provides guidelines for measuring greenhouse-gas emissions from various agricultural practices as well as standards for sequestering carbon through farm and forestry activities.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 12:18PM CDT 07/31/14 by Chris Clayton | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Tuesday 07/29/14

USDA Says SCO Insurance is Ready for 2015 Crops
USDA announced on Tuesday where farmers growing winter wheat would be eligible to buy the new Supplemental Coverage Option crop insurance.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 4:14PM CDT 07/29/14 by Chris Clayton | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 
U.S. Sugar Growers Make Case Against Mexican Imports
US sugar producers have filed new subsidy allegations in their countervailing duty case against Mexico's sugar industry, including "evidence that export subsidies are fueling a flood of Mexican sugar shipments and injuring US sugar farmers and processors."[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 6:34AM CDT 07/29/14 by Chris Clayton | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Wednesday 07/23/14

CoBank to Lead New Rural Investment Fund
The Obama administration and a top executive in the farm credit system will announce an investment fund on Thursday set up to generate $10 billion in market loans meant mainly for infrastructure and other economic-development efforts led by communities in rural America.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 11:05PM CDT 07/23/14 by Chris Clayton | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 
USDA Names Research Foundation Board Members
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has selected the 15-member board for the Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research that will be tasked with leveraging funds to better expand research on agricultural priorities both nationally and internationally.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 10:59AM CDT 07/23/14 by Chris Clayton | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Monday 07/21/14

Life is a Highway Full of Bumps and Detours
Route 66, for all its tourism and historic lore, is a battered, forgotten road in many areas in every state I have toured thus far. There doesn't seem to be a quick remedy for that anytime soon. Members of Congress are a bit more concerned about simply making the Highway Trust Fund cash flow through the current election cycle rather than look at any kind of road or infrastructure program that would create a lasting fix to protect some of the country's roads from crumbling further.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 4:53PM CDT 07/21/14 by Chris Clayton | Post a Comment
Comments (1)
There is a mandatory set aside of 10% of the fed funding from the fuel tax to go to painting bike paths, hiking paths and such. If you notice none of this funding goes to rural areas but is used by the cities. Then the state governments allocate the lions share to the high usage areas and that is why , even when they do come up with the billions, do you really think they are going to spend it on county roads? And how much does Jay pay every year to drive his electric car all over the roads other people are paying for?
Posted by CRAIG MOORE at 8:38AM CDT 07/22/14
 

Thursday 07/17/14

AFBF not Impressed by EPA Reaction to Ag Concerns
American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman said in a statement Thursday that the industry's attempts to reach out to EPA officials have been unsuccessful on many of the issues of concern for agriculture in the proposed Clean Water Act rule.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 10:41AM CDT 07/17/14 by Todd Neeley | Post a Comment
Comments (8)
This is really serious. I hope farmers are writing their representatives and commenting during the comment period.
Posted by Unknown at 1:44PM CDT 07/17/14
I've already sent my comment. Farmers should consider how onerous permitting would be. Mother Nature doesn't take a two or three day vacation every week like the permitting office would. Worst of all, imagine that you need to apply additional nitrogen fertilizer (wet weather caused too much loss) and the government permitting office closes down indefinitely due to lack of budget appropriations.
Posted by Curt Zingula at 6:22AM CDT 07/18/14
Where was AFB when the EPA was promoting the SPCC rules to get fuel containment dikes built on farms? The language supporting that rule was essentially what they are now promoting. Oh, yeah -- AFB developed a consultants package to charge farmers to develop SPCC plans! I asked my NDFB to oppose expansion of SPCC but they didn't. AFB and several states made money promoting SPCC. And just NOW they are finally getting around to opposing what they were once complicit in promoting?!
Posted by LeeFarms at 7:36AM CDT 07/18/14
I just finished reading Jerry's article about Conservation Groups ideas of the new CWA rules. When these groups view private land as there land (our wetlands) there are big problems. I would like to use others property as I wish but that would be unconstitutional and against other various laws. Clearly they want to make rules they don't have to live by them. The waterfowl numbers are at all time highs yet these groups say wetlands are being lost, the facts just don't add up. In South Dakota alone the goose population is so high there is a call to shoot a 50 bird daily limit. Surely this doesn't sound like conservation to me. Habit control should be one of the first things to look at instead of a massacre. Obviously there are too many wetlands. The waterfowl numbers state the facts, wetlands have actually become bigger and more plentiful than ever the data backs it up. The CWA was implemented to reduce harmful high concentrations of contaminants in navigable waters. Many cities are directly discharging untreated storm sewer drainage currently with permits. The rural farmers are now the minority and are falsely being accused of all of the water problems yet not much public outcry for the linear foot pollution rate of cities. If wetlands are truly more valuable than cropland, which these groups and now the EPA are stating, then the landowners with these wetlands need to be compensated fairly, that means at values higher than that of the most valuable cropland around. That is not happening. This is a takings. This is a violation of the 5th amendment. Farmers and farm groups have always worked to do the best we can and have worked with conservation groups, but clearly these groups are over stepping the line. They are beginning to help pass policy that is leading to condemnation of private cropland. This will lead this nation to higher food costs and threatened our food independence as a country.
Posted by Unknown at 5:07PM CDT 07/18/14
I will also add that this has been all been put together by these groups starting with adding wetland compliance to crop insurance in the farm bill. Now you add in the EPA ruling and you stop all new drainage and give people in not only the EPA but also NRCS extreme regulatory power. The fines and pay backs of crop insurance subsides will break any farm. You could be drowning with a torrential rain and be forced to drown, YOU WILL BE IN VIOLATION TO SAVE YOURSELF! Don't believe me, ask producers in northeast South Dakota. There is no justice or liberty with rules like this limiting private property rights. When the public has more rights on your property than the land owner has we have lost what it means to be the United States and what all of the soldiers of this country have fought for.
Posted by Unknown at 10:28PM CDT 07/18/14
I will also add that this has been all been put together by these groups starting with adding wetland compliance to crop insurance in the farm bill. Now you add in the EPA ruling and you stop all new drainage and give people in not only the EPA but also NRCS extreme regulatory power. The fines and pay backs of crop insurance subsides will break any farm. You could be drowning with a torrential rain and be forced to drown, YOU WILL BE IN VIOLATION TO SAVE YOURSELF! Don't believe me, ask producers in northeast South Dakota. There is no justice or liberty with rules like this limiting private property rights. When the public has more rights on your property than the land owner has we have lost what it means to be the United States and what all of the soldiers of this country have fought for.
Posted by Unknown at 10:28PM CDT 07/18/14
Around here the bigger the farmer the more they disk the waterways and soil erosion is rampant .No regs . no crop ins. subsidies.
Posted by melvin meister at 10:07AM CDT 07/21/14
Melvin sounds to me that your addressing HEL issues not wetland issues. I stick to my words.
Posted by Unknown at 7:36PM CDT 07/21/14
 

Wednesday 07/16/14

Bumper Crop 2014 Crop Would Put ARC in Spotlight
Gary Schnitkey at the University of Illinois wrote Tuesday at farmdocdaily that right now corn is looking at a 2014 market year average somewhere in the range of $3.65 to $4.35 a bushel. Under the new farm programs that will be rolled out later this fall, Schnitkey calculated that such price levels could mean ARC payments for Illinois farmers anywhere in the range of $77 per acre to $10 per acre at those price levels. A 200-bushel county average at $3.65 a bushel market-year average could still generate a $45 per acre payment.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 8:42AM CDT 07/16/14 by Chris Clayton | Post a Comment
Comments (3)
Ok,now how about the areas were things aren;t so great.Here in sc minnesota,the crops are behind,yellow,drowned out..how are these programs going to work in these areas.
Posted by TERRY PIOSKE at 10:42PM CDT 07/16/14
Mr. Pioske, Eastern Will County ( Illinois) is experiencing the same as South Central Mn. In fact we may have the worst corn in decades. Thirteen to Nineteen inches of rain in June. Rain makes for stunted corn (NOT GRAIN)
Posted by W Lee Deutsche at 10:28AM CDT 07/17/14
I unterstand what your saying,started out at 15 renting some land from my dad,40 yrs later,this is my worst crops by far.In these places of bad crops,i guess our voices can;t be heard,,,but we could debate whos is worst,but with a normal frost date it;ll be us,lol,,good luck to you and your family Mr Deutsche.
Posted by TERRY PIOSKE at 4:19PM CDT 07/17/14
 

Monday 07/14/14

House Continues to Wrestle with Waters of the United States
House Republicans continue to modify the Obama administration's proposed plan to define the jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act via the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 10:57PM CDT 07/14/14 by Chris Clayton | Post a Comment
Comments (2)
Good report Chris .Everybody needs to take care of the water quality in this country. No shirkers please.
Posted by melvin meister at 11:58AM CDT 07/15/14
It is nice to see the House is looking into the abusive powers. The EPA willingness to write their own laws and bypassing congress is crazy. To make a regulation more stringent than it was and in the prior form was deemed excessive by the Supreme Court is quite troubling. What a continued waste of taxpayers dollars and time. It is time for gov't accountability. Local problems need to be solved locally, that is why there are local governments.
Posted by Unknown at 3:39PM CDT 07/15/14
 

Thursday 07/10/14

White House Opposes Bonus Depreciation Bill
The House of Representatives could debate and vote Friday on a bill to permanently extend 50% tax deductions for business expenses, or "bonus depreciation."[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 10:21PM CDT 07/10/14 by Todd Neeley | Post a Comment
Comments (9)
Why is it that the government is all for throwing stimulus money out there, which some make its way to the private sector, but don't want money going directly to the benefit of private business which actually stimulates the economy?
Posted by CRAIG MOORE at 3:32PM CDT 07/14/14
Well business is doing very well now, have you seen the stock market? Rich are getting richer and richer,,, still waiting for your trickle down Craig??
Posted by Jay Mcginnis at 4:04PM CDT 07/14/14
Because I work on Main Street, yes I am still waiting for it to show up. And when they cut all federal donations to Wall Street, $45 billion per month now, then we will find out the real status of the market. And last week when they added 288,000 jobs 275,000 of them we part time. Yea, it's getting better. And really, I don't understand why Obama has all those people trying to help him out as all he would have to do is bring Jay to DC as he has all the answers. And it isn't too far from White Hall to DC is it Jay?
Posted by CRAIG MOORE at 8:34AM CDT 07/15/14
No it isn't far Craig but you might have a long time waiting for your "trickle down" which is a failed policy of the GOP.
Posted by Jay Mcginnis at 7:19AM CDT 07/16/14
That's because Obama is tossing it all to HIS fat cat friends, which is why he has attended almost twice as many fund raisers than the last pres. And how much does a farmer have to spend to get $320,00 in commodity subsidies?
Posted by CRAIG MOORE at 8:17AM CDT 07/16/14
Jay?
Posted by CRAIG MOORE at 8:19AM CDT 07/17/14
How much does a farmer pay back after he gets a $19,000 grant to get a more efficient grain dryer? Jay should be able to answer this one. Jay?
Posted by CRAIG MOORE at 9:14AM CDT 07/18/14
Jay, I know you are coming back to see what I got for you. Care to answer?
Posted by CRAIG MOORE at 10:36AM CDT 07/21/14
Jay?
Posted by CRAIG MOORE at 8:29AM CDT 07/22/14
 

Wednesday 07/09/14

Amendments Blocked on Sportsmen's Bill
The "Bipartisan Sportsmen's Act" on Wednesday appeared to be a butting of heads that could potentially derail the bill.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 4:19PM CDT 07/09/14 by Todd Neeley | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Tuesday 07/08/14

McCarthy Hint on Direction of RFS?
EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy reiterated her previous statements that the Renewable Fuel Standard 2014 volumes would be released "soon," during a conference call with reporters Tuesday. But this time she may have provided a hint about where EPA is going with the law.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 10:20AM CDT 07/08/14 by Todd Neeley | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Monday 07/07/14

EPA Chief Headed to Show-Me State
EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy is taking a road trip to Missouri later this week to "meet with farmers, stakeholders and agribusiness leaders to discuss Waters of the US, a proposed rule that clarifies and protects our nations' waters under the Clean Water Act."[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 4:02PM CDT 07/07/14 by Chris Clayton | Post a Comment
Comments (2)
A retired, sociologist, Not very logical to retire and go farming. I have nothing against doing the best that we can in the ag profession, but I often wonder how many of the enviro influencers could actually make a living producing food.
Posted by Bonnie Dukowitz at 5:29AM CDT 07/08/14
Clearly these new rules overreach 5th amendment rights along with overstepping congress. Why aren't they meeting with farmers in the "Praire Pothole Region", obviously this is a ploy to stop all drainage in that region with wetland compliance, and now the new EPA rules they will "condemn our cropland". We just celebrated Independence Day, where did the Independence go? Meeting with hobby farmers is a joke and shows how serious they are about listening to our needs. They said when they passed wetland compliance for crop insurance in the farm bill there where only 2 or 3 producers out of compliance in the nation and now where I live since passing there are all time record wetland violations with the signing of a pen but supposedly no rules have changed. Crazy!!! A bill built on lies!!! The EPA step will be the final step in closing drainage, making it impossible to get approvals by overloading you with a time consuming, costly permit process in which they can deny you if they feel like it. Look what's happening with the IRS, VA, EPA, NRCS the list goes on and on. These government should never have this much power or control no matter which party is in power. When they name Czars as heads of these government entities what does that tell you? The word Czar doesn't sound like, justice, liberty, freedom or due process to me, what does it sound like to you?
Posted by Unknown at 8:04AM CDT 07/08/14
 

Wednesday 07/02/14

Nebraskans Question FSA Livestock Disaster Payment Formula
Nebraska's congressional delegation has written Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to request a change in the way Farm Service Agency calculates disaster payments under the Livestock Indemnity Program.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 4:04PM CDT 07/02/14 by Chris Clayton | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
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