Industry Pleased with #GMO Labeling Compromise

Cindy Zimmerman Leave a Comment

Leadership of the Senate Agriculture Committee Thursday announced a bipartisan compromise on GMO labeling legislation in advance of the pending implementation of a state law in Vermont. “Our marketplace – both consumers and producers – needs a national biotechnology standard to avoid chaos in interstate commerce,” said Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) about the compromise reached with Ranking …

AFBF, Biotech, Government, NCGA, NFU

GROWMARK FS Members Meet With Paul Ryan

Lizzy Schultz Leave a Comment

Twenty five GROWMARK FS general managers, board presidents, young farmer customers, and board and staff members were able to meet with House Speaker Paul Ryan earlier this week at his office in the Capitol. Speaker Ryan outlined seven points of his agenda for next year, and attendees were able to discuss several issues important to the System, including GMO labeling. …

Ag Group, Agribusiness, GMO, Government, GROWMARK, politics

#Biofuel Supporters Rally for Higher Blends at Hearing

Cindy Zimmerman

Over 120 biofuels advocates spoke out today at an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) field hearing on proposed 2017 targets under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and several high profile supporters spoke at a Fuels America press conference. Among the supporters was Nebraska governor Pete Ricketts. “A strong RFS means more jobs here at home, greater energy security, and a cleaner …

Audio, Biodiesel, Biofuels, Corn, EPA, Ethanol, Government, Growth Energy, NCGA, RFA

USDA Provides Assistance to Cotton Producers

Kelly Marshall

USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) is offering $300 million in cost-share assistance payments to cotton growers to help with the cost of ginning as well as continuing expand and maintain the U.S.’s domestic cotton market. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says the announcement shows USDA continues to stand with America’s cotton producers and rural communities. “The Cotton Ginning Cost Share program …

Cotton, Government, USDA

USDA Extends Deadline for Recording Farm Structure

Kelly Marshall

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says the USDA will be offering a one-time, 30-day extension on the June 1 deadline for recording farm organization structures related to Actively Engaged in Farming determinations.  Operations now have until July 1 to finalize changes or complete their restructuring.  This comes as a response to farmers and ranchers who needed more time to provide information …

Government, USDA

New Bill Would Address On-Farm Fuel Storage

Cindy Zimmerman

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