Thu Dec 18, 2014 11:01 PM CST With Congress blocking USDA from spending any funds to create a second beef checkoff, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said he's happy at least that people within the beef industry could at least find an area of agreement.
Wed Dec 17, 2014 09:51 PM CST A lot of people seemed fixated by the potential new-found access to Cuban cigars. Most leaders in agriculture, however, see greater potential for commodity and agricultural-equipment exports to the island and its 11.3 million people.
Tue Dec 16, 2014 03:46 PM CST Six members of Congress have written Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack asking him to draft a new rule defining "actively engaged" for a person to receive farm-program payments.
Tue Dec 9, 2014 10:56 PM CST Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack would be prevented from moving forward with a second beef checkoff and schools could seek relief from whole grains and sodium requirements under the Agriculture section of an omnibus appropriations bill that was released Tuesday night.
Tue Dec 9, 2014 12:43 PM CST Although many Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives are making a 12th-hour attempt to attach riders to a $1.1 trillion spending bill to reign in the EPA on a number of fronts, it is likely Washington, D.C., pushback on EPA will begin to intensify when the new Congress comes into power in January.
Thu Dec 4, 2014 03:50 PM CST Ag groups are nudging political leaders to step up spending on infrastructure in a variety of ways, whether it's convincing Congress to boost the diesel tax for inland waterways or looking for ways to fund road repairs at the state level.
Mon Nov 24, 2014 02:39 PM CST There is still a little confusion on the relationship between ARC averages and the PLC reference price. While the Agricultural Risk Coverage program is based on a rolling five-year market-year average, the ARC average price floor is the same the Price Loss Coverage reference price in the 2014 farm bill.
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.