New Bill Would Address On-Farm Fuel Storage

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Senator Deb Fischer (R-NE), a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, has introduced legislation that would modify EPA regulations regarding on-farm fuel storage. The bill, known as the Farmers Undertake Environmental Land Stewardship (FUELS) Act, is co-sponsored by Committee Chairman Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK). “I am proud to introduce the Senate-version of the FUELS Act, which would …

Environment, EPA, Farming, Government

USDA Announces $130 K for Research, Education, Extension

Kelly Marshall

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has made $130 million available for research, education, and extension projects to support sustainable, productive and economically viable plant and animal production systems, including organic production.  Funding comes through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Foundational Program and the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). “Investing in agricultural research ensures that our …

Government, Research, USDA

ARA Says Don’t Allow OSHA to Circumvent the Law

Kelly Marshall

Misdirection may work well for magicians, but the Agricultural Retailers Association has not been distracted by the Occupational Health Safety Administration’s latest antics.  The organization is responding to OSHA’s attempt to enforce rules on farm supply retailers before the rules have even been written.  On May 6 the ARA sent a letter to Congress and the U.S. Court of Appeals for …

Ag Group, ARA, Government

Passing of Sen. Conrad Burns

Cindy Zimmerman

Sad to hear the news that legendary farm broadcaster and U.S. Senator Conrad Burns has passed away at the age of 81. Conrad founded the Northern Ag Network and was inducted into the National Association of Farm Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2011. Burns was born in Northwest Missouri, attended the University of Missouri, served in the US Marine Corps, …

Government, Media, NAFB

Senate Ag Committee Urges T-TIP

Kelly Marshall

The 13th round of Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) beings today in New York. In preparation for the new round of talks U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee, along with 26 other Senators, set a letter to the U.S. Trade Representative, Michael Forman, to ask for a strong framework for …

Exports, Government, Trade

AFBF Hosts Webcast On Labor Visa Backlogs

Lizzy Schultz

Delays from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in the processing of visas for farm workers are fast approaching crisis proportions, increasing the threat that crops will rot in the field on many farms this year, American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) President Zippy Duvall said in a media conference call this week. …

AFBF, Ag Group, Farm Bureau, Farm Policy, Farming, Government, labor

Vilsack Traveling to Japan, Vietnam

Kelly Marshall

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has made plans to attend the G7 Agriculture Ministers Meeting in Niigata, Japan.  Following the meeting he will then travel to Vietnam to highlight the agricultural relationship between the two countries and point out the importance of the Trans-Pacific Partnership to the each as well. At the G7 meeting, Vilsack and other participating ministers will discuss …

Exports, Government, TPP, Trade, USDA

Senators Pleased EPA IG to Investigate Anti-Ag Billboards

Cindy Zimmerman

Senators Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Jim Inhofe (R-OK) are pleased that Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking action regarding a taxpayer funded, anti-farmer campaign in Washington state. The chairmen of the Senate agriculture and environment committees sent a letter to EPA’s inspector general earlier this month requesting an audit and investigation of an EPA grant to the Northwest Indian Fisheries …

Environment, EPA, Government

Extension Services Keep Farmers Farming

Kelly Marshall

The purpose of the federal cooperative extension program was to provide research for agriculture, helping individual farmers by serving the industry as a whole.  Now a new study from Penn State University has taken a look at the effectiveness of those programs. Stephan Goetz writes in his paper that an estimated 137,000 farmers in the last 25 years would be …

Agribusiness, Government

Farmers Face Financial Pressure, AFBF Tells Congress

Kelly Marshall

The continued commodity price slump is hurting American farmers and Zippy Duvall is trying to make sure Congress understand just what that means to agriculture.  The American Farm Bureau Federation President (AFBF) explained to the Agriculture Subcommittee that, while all farmers and ranchers will be affected, new and young farmers will struggle most as they work to build equity, write …

AFBF, Ag Group, Government