Mon Oct 20, 2014 08:06 PM CDT 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.
Thu Oct 16, 2014 07:00 PM CDT 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.
Thu Oct 16, 2014 02:29 PM CDT 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.
Sun Oct 12, 2014 04:30 PM CDT 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.
Fri Oct 10, 2014 10:28 AM CDT 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.
Thu Oct 9, 2014 12:18 PM CDT 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.
Wed Oct 8, 2014 03:44 PM CDT 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.
Mon Oct 6, 2014 02:14 PM CDT 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.
Sun Oct 5, 2014 05:09 PM CDT 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.
Thu Oct 2, 2014 01:39 PM CDT 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.
Wed Oct 1, 2014 05:06 PM CDT 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.
Tue Sep 30, 2014 04:35 PM CDT 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.
Thu Sep 25, 2014 08:42 PM CDT Social media has been abuzz the past couple of days over a proposed rule by the U.S. Forest Service that would require journalists to get permits if they want to shoot photos or record videos on national forests or grasslands.
Tue Sep 23, 2014 03:23 PM CDT The Agriculture Secretary will be announcing sign up dates for the programs, but more likely he will be announcing details about program rules for ARC and PLC. Along with Vilsack's announcement come computer decision tools from Texas A&M and the University of Illinois to help farmers choose between commodity programs.
Fri Sep 19, 2014 01:58 PM CDT On Wednesday, the Farm Foundation hosted a forum at the National Press Club over some of the complex issues involved in the proposed rule regarding waters of the United States by EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers.
Wed Sep 17, 2014 11:02 PM CDT On Wednesday, the Farm Foundation hosted a forum at the National Press Club over some of the complex issues involved in the proposed rule regarding waters of the United States by EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers.
Wed Sep 17, 2014 11:02 PM CDT The Senate Commerce Committee took some action Wednesday to give more authority to the Surface Transportation Board to react to railroad delays that have plagued the upper Plains.
Mon Sep 15, 2014 10:07 PM CDT Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow said reiterated her concerns Monday that legislation is needed to protect American companies from foreign acquisition after a PBS report over the weekend examined the role of the Chinese government in the purchase of Smithfield Foods to Shuanghui International last year.
Fri Sep 12, 2014 06:16 AM CDT Much like the diversity and changing scenery across every state, farmers had mixed views on the relationship between tourism and agriculture along the fabled ribbon of concrete and asphalt. Some farmers had no contact or interest in either the tourism or the history of Route 66 while others were fairly engaged.
Tue Sep 9, 2014 08:56 PM CDT The House of Representatives voted Tuesday to block EPA's proposed rule defining waters of the United States, siding with farmers and business groups who have argued for months that the EPA rule amounts to regulatory overreach.