#Ag Industry Reacts to @EPA #RFS Final Rules

Joanna Schroeder Leave a Comment

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the much anticipated final volumetric rules today under the Renewable Fuels Standard for 2014, 2015 and 2016. While the RVOs (renewable volume obligations) were an improvement over the proposed rules released in May of this year, the #Ag industry is calling on the EPA to further strengthen the legislation and further increase all four …

AFBF, Agribusiness, ASA, Biodiesel, Biofuels, Ethanol, NCGA, NFU, USDA

Corn Growers Praise Feds Change on Ag Risk Coverage Rules

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Growers on a farm with one or more tracts outside the administrative county now have the option to recalculate Agriculture Risk Coverage-CO benefits based on the farm’s physical location. This news release from the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) says the Farm Service Agency modification of the rule follows an extensive review of the potential impacts of the previous requirement …

Agribusiness, ARC, NCGA, USDA

TPP Big Topic for Ag Groups at #NAFB15

Cindy Zimmerman

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is no doubt the biggest issue for ag groups at the National Association of Farm Broadcasting convention in Kansas City this week. Representatives from six national farm groups joined USDA Foreign Agricultural Service Administrator Phil Karsting in Kansas City Wednesday for a press event to discuss the TPP. The event featured farmer leaders from the American …

Audio, Corn, NAFB, NCBA, NCGA, Pork, Soybean, Trade, USDA, Wheat

Corn Growers Urge Transportation Bill Reconcile

John Davis

The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) is happy the House of Representatives passed the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2015, a bill that would extend federal highway funding for the next six years. But in this news release, NCGA urged the House and Senate now to reconcile their respective transportation bills and send it to the White House …

Government, NCGA, transportation

Senate Disapproves of #WOTUS

Cindy Zimmerman

By a vote of 53-44, the U.S. Senate passed a joint “resolution of disapproval” of the EPA Clean Water rule known as ‘Waters of the United States’ (WOTUS). Resolution sponsor Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) says the action would “put an end to” the expanded EPA rule. “Our resolution stops the EPA from continuing to act as an unchecked federal agency …

Corn, Government, NCGA, Water

Ag Groups Welcome Ryan as Speaker

Cindy Zimmerman

Agricultural organizations are pleased with the election of Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) to succeed Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) as Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. American Farm Bureau Federation president Bob Stallman says they look forward to working with the new speaker. “Speaker Ryan has been a faithful friend of farmers and ranchers in his time in Congress,” said …

AFBF, Government, NCGA

DOT Announces Registration of Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Jamie Johansen

The U.S. Department of Transportation announced that recreational users of unmanned aerial systems, or drones, must register their systems with the federal government. A task force will be created to develop recommendations for a registration process for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said, “Registering unmanned aircraft will help build a culture of accountability and responsibility, especially …

Ag Group, Corn, NCGA, Precision Agriculture, transportation

RFS Uncertainty Hurting Farm Income

Joanna Schroeder

The uncertainties around the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) are threatening farm income and hurting the economic stability of rural economies. A new white paper from the National Farmers Union (NFU) and the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), using recent USDA data on net cash income for American farmers and ranchers, states that income is expected to decline by 26 percent …

Agribusiness, Audio, Biofuels, Corn, Ethanol, NCGA, NFU

Lots of Reaction to TPP

Cindy Zimmerman

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

Staff Changes at NCGA

Cindy Zimmerman

The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) has made some staffing realignments to place a renewed emphasis on demand under the newly created Market Development Department. The Market Development team adds two new members from current staff as Max Starbuck and Susan Powers join that department. In his new role, Starbuck will serve as Director of Market Development and focus on …

Ag Leader, Corn, NCGA