Tax Extenders Package Passed

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Following the recent action by the U.S. House of Representatives, the Senate on Tuesday evening passed the package of tax incentives for 2014 that will expire once again in just two weeks. Noting the short term nature of the legislation, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden said, “With this tax bill, the Congress is turning in its tax homework 11 …

Government, Soybean

GOP Senate Ag Committee Members Named

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The new Republican majority Senate has made committee assignments for the 114th Congress. For the Agriculture Committee, the new faces are Ben Sasse of Nebraska and Joni Ernst of Iowa, David Perdue of Georgia and Thom Tillis of North Carolina – all newly elected senators. Retired senators include Republicans Mike Johanns of Nebraska and Saxby Chambliss of Georgia, and Democrat …

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CRomnibus Passes Congress

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After passing a short term extension early in the day on Saturday to give them more time to consider longer term spending legislation, the Senate decided by evening to put a bow on the so-called “CRomnibus” and wrap it up. The $1.1 trillion measure to keep the government funded through September 2015 passed the Senate by a vote of 56 …

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Smart Ag in the 21st Century

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“Smart Agriculture in the 21st Century” is the theme for the 2015 Agricultural Outlook Forum to be held from Feb. 19-20, 2015, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel, Arlington, Va. USDA has announced that the forum’s plenary speakers and sessions will take a global, modern look at different aspects of today’s agriculture industry. Among the highlights, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack …

Biotech, Government, USDA

Ag Groups Call for Longer Tax Extensions

Cindy Zimmerman

The U.S. House of Representatives voted 378-46 Wednesday night to approve HR 5771, which reinstates a host of tax incentives for 2014, setting up a potential Senate vote in the coming days. The package includes items important to farmers and ranchers such as Section 179 and the biodiesel tax credit, but agricultural interests would like a more long-term solution. “Farmers …

AFBF, ASA, Government

Ag Retailers Public Policy Update

Cindy Zimmerman

Transportation issues are at the top of the list of public policy concerns for ag retailers meeting in New Orleans this week. “We plan to make it a priority going into the new Congress,” said Agricultural Retailers Association senior VP for public policy Richard Gupton who updated the membership this morning. “Senator Thune is going to be the new chairman …

Agribusiness, ARA, Audio, Fertilizer, Government

AgVoice4Choice Urges Growers to ACT Now

Cindy Zimmerman

Last month, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a report on the “Benefits of Neonicotinoid Seed Treatments to Soybean Production” concluding that “these seed treatments provide little or no overall benefits to soybean production in most situations.” Upon release of the report, a 60-day comment period was opened which concludes on December 22. So far, the comment website reports just …

Agribusiness, Crop Protection, Farming, Government, Insecticides, Soybean

Corn and Soybean Groups React to EPA Decision

Cindy Zimmerman

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced they will not be finalizing the 2014 applicable percentage of standards under the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) until next year. They also announced that the compliance deadline for 2013 RFS standards will also take place in 2015. Both corn and soybean groups reacted to the announcement, which impacts ethanol and biodiesel production …

ASA, Biodiesel, Biofuels, Corn, EPA, Ethanol, Government, Soybean

No Agriculture in Obama Immigration Action

Cindy Zimmerman

President Obama made good on his promise to make changes in the nation’s “broken” immigration system, but there’s no mention of agriculture or farm workers in his plan. “In practical terms, we do not expect the president’s initiative to help America’s farmers deal with the real labor challenges they face,” said American Farm Bureau Federation president Bob Stallman in a …

AFBF, Government, labor

Coalition Calls for Tax Extenders in Lame Duck

Cindy Zimmerman

The Broad Tax Extenders Coalition today launched a new effort focused on the lame duck session and spearheaded by over 400 nonprofit groups, associations, and coalitions, including the American Farm Bureau Federation. The group urges Congress to work together during this end of the year session to extend, enhance, or make permanent a number of expired and expiring tax provisions …

AFBF, Audio, Government