Fri Nov 21, 2014 12:43 PM CST As a result of EPA's decision to delay the release of the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard volumes until next year, an agriculture economist told DTN Friday that if the overall RFS volumes for 2015 jump to 15 billion gallons as outlined in the current law, there will be a gap between the so-called blend wall and the 2015 volumes.
Wed Nov 19, 2014 08:34 AM CST Spinning the message following votes in Congress has always been a part of the American political scene, and that was no different Tuesday night. The U.S. Senate fell one vote short on a bill to force the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, 59-41, and of course both sides in the debate claimed victory.
Mon Nov 17, 2014 10:49 AM CST The work by prairie pothole ranchers to maintain grasslands in North Dakota is being used by a General Motors company to improve its carbon footprint, in a new partnership USDA announced Monday that led to the purchase of 40,000 tons of carbon dioxide reduction credits.
Tue Nov 11, 2014 10:53 AM CST The Farm Service Agency also issued a news release on Monday letting everyone know farmers can rush to their local FSA offices on Nov. 17 to sign up for the new farm programs if they so choose. Perhaps the more important date farmers need to keep in mind is March 31, the deadline for making those program decisions.
Mon Nov 10, 2014 11:14 AM CST Who gives money to some of our agricultural leaders in Washington? Well here is a small rundown of some campaign contributors who I'm told have absolutely no influence on the outcome of past, present or future legislation. Nonetheless, these are the top donors to leaders of the Senate and House Ag Committees.
Tue Nov 4, 2014 11:21 PM CST Much like the 2010 midterm elections, Democrats got shellacked across the country in several key Senate races, ceding the Senate to a Republican majority after eight years of Democratic control.
Thu Oct 30, 2014 02:49 PM CDT Vermont's legislature and governor adopted biotech labeling requirements earlier this year, but Colorado and Oregon mark another round of fighting for the hearts of minds of voters through ballot initiatives.
Tue Oct 28, 2014 03:10 PM CDT 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.
Mon Oct 27, 2014 03:43 PM CDT 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.
Tue Oct 21, 2014 04:31 PM CDT 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.
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.