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Tuesday 10/28/14

Cattle Industry, Land Group Presses Feds to Pull WOTUS Rule
The National Cattlemen's Beef Association and the Public Lands Council asked the EPA to withdraw the proposed Clean Water Act rule in a 37-page comment letter submitted Tuesday, calling out the agency on a number of fronts including making claims that EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have not followed the Administrative Procedures Act during the public comment period that ends Nov. 14.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 3:10PM CDT 10/28/14 by Todd Neeley | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Monday 10/27/14

USDA Moving Ahead with Beef Checkoff Plans
USDA is moving ahead with its plans to create a separate beef checkoff. A notice likely will appear sometime in early November informing cattle producers about the initiative.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 3:43PM CDT 10/27/14 by Chris Clayton | Post a Comment
Comments (1)
So is the answer then to raise the pork, turkey, dairy, barley, corn, wheat, sugar, how many others to compete with the beef? Consumers can eat a lot, but only so much. Will the next three years of another buck not result in the same as the past three years of the present buck? If the money were spent where and how it was intended, more would not be needed.
Posted by Bonnie Dukowitz at 8:07PM CDT 10/27/14
 

Tuesday 10/21/14

Politicos Weigh in on USDA APH Yield Exclusion
There was relatively limited reaction Tuesday from commodity groups and lawmakers about USDA's announcement to roll out the Actual Production History yield exclusion for crop insurance. Still, anyone who has some total crop collapses in their cropping history could see some benefits -- at the potential cost of higher premiums for that extra protection level.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 4:31PM CDT 10/21/14 by Chris Clayton | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Monday 10/20/14

Views in Congress Vary on COOL
Congress declined to change COOL in the 2014 farm bill. House members blame the Senate for blocking any changes in COOL until the WTO completed its work. An appeal of the ruling on Monday likely could stretch out any possible retaliatory actions by Canada until late 2015. By then, either the Obama administration could draft yet another rule and leave it to the next administration to defend or Congress could opt to kill or change the rule. Some in Congress reacted to the WTO decision on Monday.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 8:06PM CDT 10/20/14 by Chris Clayton | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Thursday 10/16/14

Vilsack Addresses Checkoff Controversy
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said the process could begin soon to start to create a new beef checkoff that would be in place by 2016. However, he's willing to pull the plug on that process if the beef industry could reach some consensus on changes to the current checkoff.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 7:00PM CDT 10/16/14 by Chris Clayton | Post a Comment
Comments (1)
If those at the helm can not agree on a buck, will 2 bucks not double the trouble?
Posted by Bonnie Dukowitz at 9:17PM CDT 10/16/14
 
GAO: 'USDA Needs to Better Communicate Climate Plan'
Although USDA has a plan in place to help U.S. farmers make adaptations for possible changes in climate, a new U.S. Government Accountability Office report said USDA is struggling to put together all of the pieces of its plan.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 2:29PM CDT 10/16/14 by Todd Neeley | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Sunday 10/12/14

Offering Advice on Farm Bill Choices
The menu of options for farm programs and the one-time, irrevocable decisions mean economists are now faced with laying out potential program choices for farmers. Those recommendations could help farmers stay afloat during the price downturn or could translate into lost income if the wrong counsel leads producers to make the wrong decision over the five-year lifespan of the farm bill.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 4:30PM CDT 10/12/14 by Chris Clayton | Post a Comment
Comments (1)
I think we will just continue doing the best we can, if the gov. sends a check, we will cash it.
Posted by Bonnie Dukowitz at 7:27PM CDT 10/12/14
 

Friday 10/10/14

Governors, Attorneys General say CWA Rule a Legal Threat to Farmers
Since the release of the proposed waters of the U.S. rule, the EPA has maintained it is simply codifying those waters that already are jurisdictional, and that it narrows down the scope of those waters covered with new definitions, and farmers have nothing to fear if they don't already need permits.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 10:28AM CDT 10/10/14 by Todd Neeley | Post a Comment
Comments (1)
I wish these same governors and AG were just as concerned about the oil companies keeping E-85 and the mid grades out of filling stations .$3.00 corn means the cost of producing ethanol is about $1.05 per gal. The best and cleanest fuel is not available at 98% of the stations. Blender Pumps are the greatest inovation in car fueling in my lifetime.
Posted by melvin meister at 12:12PM CDT 10/10/14
 

Thursday 10/09/14

Dem Senators ask President to Leave RFS Alone
A pair of Democratic senators concerned that cutting the mandated production of biofuels in the Renewable Fuel Standard, have asked President Barack Obama to leave the 2014 RFS volumes in place. Their concerns are based on a recent analysis that said cutting biofuels production would lead to increased carbon pollution.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 12:18PM CDT 10/09/14 by Todd Neeley | Post a Comment
Comments (1)
Thanks to the Senators .There is no blend wall just oil companies stopping ethanol every way possible.Where are the Blender Pumps .We need a choice at the pump.
Posted by melvin meister at 3:10PM CDT 10/09/14
 

Wednesday 10/08/14

Senators Push for Withdraw of Endangered Species Act Rule
A group of U.S. Senate leaders have asked the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service to withdraw a rule that would allow the federal government to more easily designate land and water as critical habitat through the Endangered Species Act, in a letter to the U.S. Department of the Interior and the U.S. Department of Commerce Wednesday.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 3:44PM CDT 10/08/14 by Todd Neeley | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Monday 10/06/14

ARC and the PLC Reference Price
I have to correct some bad information here. Last week, a farmer emailed me asking about the lowest price that can be used on Agricultural Risk Coverage in factoring the five-year Olympic average. I wrongly said ARC would always use the market-year average price and people should separate out the reference prices used for Price Loss Coverage.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 2:14PM CDT 10/06/14 by Chris Clayton | Post a Comment
Comments (2)
I like people who have the courage to admit a mistake. There should be more.
Posted by Bonnie Dukowitz at 6:36AM CDT 10/07/14
The only mistake made was this overly complicated messed up portion of the farm bill. Must have been thought up by some Colorado and Washington congressmen during an evening of "Who can roll up the fattest doobie". Otherwise, how would you think up this stuff?
Posted by Mr. Brandy at 8:23AM CDT 10/08/14
 

Sunday 10/05/14

Beef Promotion Leads to Beef Politics
On Friday afternoon a group of reporters heard another complaint the Obama administration's Big Government agenda is going after the cattle industry by trainwrecking the beef checkoff. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has floated the idea of creating a separate beef checkoff program that would run parallel to the current program.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 5:09PM CDT 10/05/14 by Chris Clayton | Post a Comment
Comments (1)
This is the same NCBA that joined Big Oil in attacking Ethanol. my way or the highway.
Posted by melvin meister at 3:04PM CDT 10/09/14
 

Thursday 10/02/14

Small Business Advocacy Group Calls for CWA Rule to be Withdrawn
An advocacy group within the U.S. Small Business Administration Wednesday asked EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to withdraw the rule. The group said the two agencies didn't considering how the rule could affect small business owners across the country.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 1:39PM CDT 10/02/14 by Todd Neeley | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Wednesday 10/01/14

CRP, Base Acres and Proof for Yield Updates
We've had a couple of questions that make me go "Hmmm" over the last few days on farm bill programs, particularly when it comes to base acre reallocation and yield update. I thought I would share what I found out.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 5:06PM CDT 10/01/14 by Chris Clayton | Post a Comment
Comments (1)
Change 2013 to 2012 in your columns
Posted by LeeFarms at 8:03AM CDT 10/02/14
 

Tuesday 09/30/14

Business Groups: Withdraw WOTUS Rule
A coalition of 63 business groups representing everything from farm organizations to oil and natural gas groups, as well as homebuilders, mining, manufacturing and even golf-course trade groups all joined to write federal regulators on Monday again asking them to withdraw the proposed rule redefining waters of the United States.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 4:35PM CDT 09/30/14 by Chris Clayton | Post a Comment
Comments (2)
So more than just Farm Bureau is of the opinion that; ambiguity is not the solution to pollution.
Posted by Bonnie Dukowitz at 5:13AM CDT 10/01/14
However, the "coalition" letter is accessed from the Farm Bureau website. So do we just ignore this issue since it is the EPA and Army Corps suggesting resolve? It is the government after all, ag's "sugar daddy", especially in the down years. Is the current American philosophy, problems, even those man made, are best ignored, not contained, because it is inconvenient to not pollute?
Posted by Don Thompson at 7:06AM CDT 10/01/14
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  • Cattle Industry, Land Group Presses Feds to Pull WOTUS Rule
  • USDA Moving Ahead with Beef Checkoff Plans
  • Politicos Weigh in on USDA APH Yield Exclusion
  • Views in Congress Vary on COOL
  • Vilsack Addresses Checkoff Controversy
  • GAO: 'USDA Needs to Better Communicate Climate Plan'
  • Offering Advice on Farm Bill Choices
  • Governors, Attorneys General say CWA Rule a Legal Threat to Farmers
  • Dem Senators ask President to Leave RFS Alone
  • Senators Push for Withdraw of Endangered Species Act Rule
  • ARC and the PLC Reference Price
  • Beef Promotion Leads to Beef Politics
  • Small Business Advocacy Group Calls for CWA Rule to be Withdrawn
  • CRP, Base Acres and Proof for Yield Updates
  • Business Groups: Withdraw WOTUS Rule
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