EPA Official Talks WOTUS at FPS

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Environmental Protection Agency Region 7 Administrator Karl Brooks held an informal press availability at the Farm Progress Show on Wednesday to mainly talk about the proposed Waters of the United States rule. He stressed the point that has been made by other officials that the rule exempts all normal farming practices that are currently exempt. “If you did not need …

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Iowa Congressman at Farm Progress Show

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Rep. Steve King (R-IA) stopped in at the Farm Progress Show media tent to visit with us about the latest topics on his mind in Washington DC. King talked about the inability of Congress to get much done this year. “It’s the nature of the political gridlock that exists when the Democrats run the Senate and the Republicans run the …

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Quick AFBF Washington Update

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While at the John Deere 2014 product launch this week, Chuck spent some time with American Farm Bureau Federation Congressional Affairs specialist Mary Kay Thatcher, who was along for the ride. At my request, he got an update from Mary Kay about what she expects Congress to do before the election, what Farm Bureau’s number one concern is right now, …

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Policy is Priority for ASA

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Ray Gaesser farms with his family in Southwest Iowa. They harvest about 3,000 acres each of corn and soybeans each year along with serving as President of the American Soybean Association. Chuck spoke with him recently at Ag Media Summit and they talked policy. Ray said that policies are ASA’s priority and reiterated their work to get the farm bill …

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Ditch the Rule at Missouri State Fair

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Agriculture’s “Ditch the Rule” campaign against the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule was highlighted at the Missouri State Fair this week. Three members of Missouri’s congressional delegation held a press conference at the fair, organized by the the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), Missouri Cattlemen’s Association and Missouri Farm Bureau. Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO), …

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Minnesota Congressman at Ethanol Conference

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The American Coalition for Ethanol meeting in Minneapolis this week honored Congressman Collin Peterson of Minnesota with its highest award for supporters of ethanol, the Merle Anderson award. Anderson, known to many as the Father of Ethanol, presented Peterson with the award, as well as an ethanol lapel pin and a big five dollar contribution for his campaign. Peterson says …

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Missouri Farmers & Ranchers Say Thank You

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I have always taken pride in my ability to cast a vote, but this year it fell really close to home. As a Missouri farmer, I sat on pins and needles last night as I watched the votes come. I could not be more proud of my state’s ability to rally together and stand strong against those whose goals aim …

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C’mon Let’s Ditch the Rule, Okay?

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American Farm Bureau Federation has just published an animated video that helps describe what this whole Ditch the Rule campaign is all about. The two-and-a-half minute movie explores how EPA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ proposed “Waters of the U.S.” rule is regulatory overreach and unnecessary. “This video offers a fresh take on a serious subject of concern to …

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Missouri Right to Farm Vote Tomorrow

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It’s down to the wire in the final push for the Missouri Right to Farm amendment and the opposition, led by the Humane Society of the United States is pulling out all the stops. “Humane Society of the US has put in nearly a half a million dollars in (opposition to) the issue,” says Missouri Farm Bureau president Blake Hurst. …

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Arkansas Congressman and Former Farm Broadcaster

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In keeping with a fine tradition of bringing outstanding farm state lawmakers to the Southern Peanut Growers Conference, this year we were honored to hear from Rep. Rick Crawford of Arkansas, a member of the House Agriculture Committee and a former farm broadcaster. “In fact, we started a network back in ’06 and it has grown to about 53-54 stations …

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