American Agri-Women Honor Senator Ernst

Cindy Zimmerman American Agri-Women, Farming, Government

The American Agri-Women (AAW) recently honored Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa with its Champion of Agriculture Award during the annual AAW Fly-In in Washington D.C. “We are honored to recognize a true Champion of Agriculture in Senator Joni Ernst. Her concern and dedication to agriculture and rural America is evident in both her words and actions,” said AAW President Doris …

American Agri-Women, Farming, Government

Congressmen Talk Farm Bill at Peanut Meeting

Cindy Zimmerman AgWired Precision, Audio, Farm Bill, Government, Peanuts, SPGC

U.S. Representatives Mike Rogers (R-AL) and Austin Scott (R-GA) both shared their perspectives on the new administration, gridlock in Congress, and the outlook for a 2018 farm bill at the 2017 Southern Peanut Growers Conference Saturday. “It’s going to be a tough fight, I don’t want anybody to fool themselves,” said Rep. Rogers about getting the next farm bill passed …

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Two More USDA Appointees Announced

Cindy Zimmerman Government, USDA

President Donald Trump intends nominate Indiana Agriculture Director Ted McKinney to be USDA Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs and former Iowa economics professor Dr. Sam Clovis for Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics. McKinney grew up on a family farm in Tipton, Indiana. He began his career at Elanco Products Company in 1981, and in 1990 …

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Senator Blasts Ethanol from the Floor

Cindy Zimmerman AgWired Energy, Audio, Corn, Ethanol, Government, NCGA

As over 200 corn growers were meeting in the nation’s capitol this week, Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) blasted corn ethanol in an attempt to kill legislation that would allow 15% ethanol blends to be sold year round, instead of being restricted in some areas during the summer months. Inhofe began his speech by complaining that “the fossil fuel industry has …

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Censky Nominated as Deputy Ag Secretary

Cindy Zimmerman AgWired Animal, AgWired Energy, AgWired Precision, ASA, Biodiesel, Government, Soybean, USDA

Over two months since he took office, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue is finally getting some nominations to fill USDA positions. Late Thursday, Perdue announced that President Trump has nominated American Soybean Association CEO Stephen Censky to be Deputy Secretary of Agriculture. “Our work has only just begun in delivering results for the people of American agriculture, and the experience and …

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House Ag Hearing on Specialty Crop Innovations

Cindy Zimmerman AgWired Precision, ASTA, Audio, Biotech, Farm Bill, Government, Seed, specialty crops, Technology

The House Agriculture Committee heard testimony Wednesday on technology and innovation in specialty crops as input toward the making of the 2018 farm bill. “As we look at the farm bill through the lens of the current farm economy, innovation and technology will remain essential for farmers and ranchers to continue producing more food and fiber with fewer resources,” said …

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Florida Hosts 1st House Ag Farm Bill Listening Session

Cindy Zimmerman AgWired Animal, Audio, Farm Bill, Government, Peanuts

The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) hosted the very first House Agriculture Committee farm bill listening session on Saturday in Gainesville, Florida. Committee Chairman Mike Conaway (TX-11) presided over the first of many “Conversations in the Field” that will be held in the coming year as work on the 2018 Farm Bill is just beginning …

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Trump Commits to Agriculture in Iowa

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President Donald Trump stood among various models of John Deere and Case IH farm equipment as he pledged to boost agriculture exports, loosen federal regulations on the agriculture industry, and support ethanol and biofuels yesterday while speaking to a crowd of about 250 at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. “Today we are celebrating the dignity of work and …

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Trump’s Commitment to Infrastructure Pleases Ag Groups

Cindy Zimmerman ASA, Audio, Corn, Government, NCGA

Farmers were among those who joined President Trump last week in Cincinnati to highlight the economic importance of the inland waterways system and the need to invest in upgrades to the locks and dams. “Roughly 60 percent of the United States grain exports travel down these waterways to the Gulf,” said Trump in his remarks. Upgrading the inland waterways infrastructure …

ASA, Audio, Corn, Government, NCGA