Agri-Pulse Open Mic with Sen. Chuck Grassley

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Agri-Pulse Open Mic this week features Sen. Chuck Grassley. With days left before the August Congressional recess, Grassley says leaders face some must pass legislation including highway funding and a final decision on Country-of-Origin Labeling. In this interview, Grassley offers insights into possible tax reform and the final stages of debate in the budget process. Grassley also says Congress needs …

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Deputy Agriculture Secretary Returns to Her Roots

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It was a homecoming for Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Krysta Harden at the 2015 Southern Peanut Growers Conference. The number two person at the USDA was raised on a peanut farm in Camilla, Georgia so she felt right at home. “That’s what qualifies me for my job, that’s what gives me my passion and my love and the ability to …

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Florida Congressman Addresses Peanut Farmers

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Congressman Ted Yoho (R-FL) is serving his second term as representative of North Central Florida’s 3rd Congressional district which encompasses 13 counties, including two of the largest peanut growing areas of the state – Lafayette and Suwanee counties. “It’s the best district in Florida,” said Yoho after making remarks to the Southern Peanut Growers Conference. “It’s a large, rural, agricultural …

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Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act Passes House

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The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act has passed the U.S. House on a 275-150 vote, another step to ensuring that farmers will be able to use the safe technology, GMOs. The news was welcomed by a variety of politicians and ag groups. “For the past two years we have worked hard to defend our farmers’ right to use the …

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Tax Bill to Help Ag, Other Small Businesses

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The Senate Finance Committee has moved forward legislation seen as important to agriculture and other small businesses. Farm Bureau is praising committee passage of the measure to extend important tax provisions through 2016. The legislation includes two provisions that let small businesses deduct major capital expenditures over just a few years, rather than the full life of the equipment they …

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Agri-Pulse Open Mic with Rep. Rob Bishop

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Agri-Pulse Open Mic this week features Rep. Rob Bishop. Bishop chairs the House Committee on Natural Resources. Bishop is pleased with recent votes on forestry and water but admits a number of uphill battles remain for his committee and Congress. The Utah Republican minces no words in describing the Obama Administration as the “bully regulation machine” and in this interview …

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EPA Chief Talks WOTUS with Corn Growers

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Speaking to members of the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) meeting in Washington DC this week, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy defended her agency’s Clean Water Rule, better known as WOTUS or Waters of the US. “With more extreme weather across the country it’s more important than ever that we protect our water resources,” said McCarthy. “This is why …

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NJ Welcomes World’s Largest Indoor Vertical Farm

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State officials in New Jersey broke ground and welcomed the world’s largest indoor vertical farm. This news release from the governor’s office says AeroFarms’ new 69,000-square-foot headquarters and indoor vertical farm is the future today. “This isn’t your father’s farming. The farms of the future – like AeroFarms – rely ever more closely on technology,” said Acting Governor [Kim] Guadagno. …

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Corn Growers on the Hill

Cindy Zimmerman

Members of the National Corn Growers Association have been on Capitol Hill this week talking about issues important to them, especially the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). More than 300 corn farmers joined members of Congress and ethanol industry leaders at a rally Wednesday calling attention to the proposed cutting of the RFS` for corn ethanol by 3.75 billion gallons through …

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Senator Heidi Heitkamp Honored by ASA

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The American Soybean Association has honored Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) with the Soy Champion Award for her outstanding public advocacy for soybean farmers.  As a member of the Senate Ag Committee, Heitkmap has done considerable work for biodiesel, farm programs, and trade and transportation. “Senator Heitkamp has proven herself to be a strong voice for North Dakota soybean farmers,” said …

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