Brownfield’s Steever Interviews President Obama

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Brownfield Ag News anchor and former NAFB president Tom Steever got a 20 minute interview with President Obama this week on the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal and what it means for agriculture. “So this is really a big deal,” the President told Brownfield Ag News Tuesday, “and the key to getting it passed is just making sure that people …

Brownfield, Government, Trade

Push for TPP Approval is On

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President Obama met with agriculture and business leaders on Tuesday as the push to get Congress to approve the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) begins. “History of free trade agreements with reference to agriculture will tell us that agriculture is a winner every time,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack in a press conference about the agreement. “TPP is going to be …

Audio, Exports, Government, International, USDA

Lots of Reaction to TPP

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Seems like everyone has something to say about the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement reached by negotiators meeting in Atlanta for more than five days, even though few details have been released. U.S. Trade Ambassador Michael Froman does say that agriculture is a big winner under the agreement. “Tariffs will either be eliminated or greatly reduced or quotas will be significantly …

AFBF, ASA, Audio, Beef, Corn, Government, NCGA, NFU, Rice, Trade

Dairy Policy Talks at #WDE15

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Policies concerning our nation’s dairy industry were just a few of the topics Wisconsin Secretary of Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Protection, Ben Brancel, discussed while attending the 2015 World Dairy Expo. “Today I think price in most all commodities are issues whether you are talking milk or grain prices. Of course low grain prices help that dairy farmer out when …

Ag Group, Audio, Dairy, Government, Trade, World Dairy Expo

Poll Shows Support for Change to Endangered Species Act

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A new poll shows that Americans are in favor of some updates to the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Farm Bureau cites a Morning Consult poll that shows most people in the U.S. believe the law is outdated and needs to be revised. The survey shows: · 63 percent of Americans support modernizing the ESA; · 62 of Americans believe the …

AFBF, Environment, EPA, Government

Ag Groups React to EPA Farmworker Standards Update

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Ag groups are reacting to the Environmental Protection Agency’s final revisions to the Worker Protection Standard. The American Farm Bureau Federation worries the government is getting away from a science-based approach in guarding against risk. “Farm Bureau shares the agency’s desire to protect workers, but we are concerned that the agency is piling regulatory costs on farmers and ranchers that …

AFBF, ARA, EPA, Farming, Government, labor

EPA Updates Farmworker Standards

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today released updated farmworker standards to provide health protections under the law similar to those already afforded to workers in other industries. “We depend on farmworkers every day to help put the food we eat on America’s dinner tables—and they deserve fair, equitable working standards with strong health and safety protections,” said EPA Administrator Gina …

Audio, Farming, Government, labor

NFU DC Fly-In Focuses on Top Issues

Cindy Zimmerman

Members of the National Farmers Union (NFU) are meeting with administration officials and Congressional representatives in Washington DC this week for the organization’s 2015 Fall Legislative Fly-In. “This fall has proven to be a very important time for several Farmers Union issues, including the path forward for voluntary Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL), the full implementation of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) …

Government, NFU, politics, Trade

USDA Helps Returning Heroes find Opportunities in Ag

Jamie Johansen

This morning Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden, U.S. Department of Agriculture, sat down with a panel of veteran farmers and veteran training organizations for a live Google+ Hangout to discuss opportunities available through USDA for returning service members who are looking for long-term careers in farming, ranching and agriculture. Joining Deputy Sec. Harden for the discussion was Dave Paulk, owner of …

Ag Group, Audio, Farming, Government, USDA

Soy-backed Mats Lighten Pentagon’s Environmental Footprint

John Davis

Soybeans are making the Pentagon a greener place. The United Soybean Board (USB) says the building now greets its employees and 100,000 annual visitors with 108 entry mats that use an environmentally friendly soybean-based material on the backs of those mats. After [a] 2010 pilot [project], the Pentagon contracted with EcoPathTM in 2011 to replace 82 mats at various entrances …

Government, Soybean, USB