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USDA Extends ARC and PLC Deadlines

WASHINGTON, March 27, 2015 — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today provided farm owners and producers one additional week, until April 7, 2015, to choose between Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC), the saf

Grassley Co-Sponsors Bill to Repeal Death Tax

Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley is a lead co-sponsor of newly re-introduced legislation by South Dakota Senator John Thune - the Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015 - which would repeal the federal estate tax. Grassley says the apprecia

Ethanol and Agriculture Groups Challenge Anti-Biofuels Effort

WASHINGTON, DC — Ethanol and agriculture industry groups came together today to advocate for continued funding of U.S. blender pump initiatives and U.S. export promotion efforts in a letter to the House Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development

AFBF: Senate Votes Send Message About WOTUS

American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman says key votes in the Senate this week delivered a resounding message that the proposed Waters of the U.S. rule is flawed in substance and process. The Hill reports the Senate voted by a vot

House Ag Subcommittee Holds Farm Bill Hearing

The House Agriculture Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management held a public hearing Thursday to examine the implementation of the 2014 Farm Bill. Chairman Rick Crawford says while the legislation was drafted during a period of record-

Whistleblower Speaks Out Against HSUS

Washington, D.C.—Today, a project of the Center for Consumer Freedom, released a video interview with a former undercover investigator for the animal liberation group Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). Gestation stalls, or i

Growth Energy Response to Another RFS Attack

Several members of Congress wrote a letter to the Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture requesting to undercut the Renewable Fuel Standard by prohibiting the installation of blender pumps and the promotion of ethanol exports. Growth Energy CEO Tom Bu

House Ag Subcommittee Holds Hearing on COOL

The House Ag Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture held a public hearing yesterday (Wednesday) to examine the implications of potential retaliatory measures against the U.S. regarding Country-of-Origin Labeling. Subcommittee Chair David Rouzer

House Passes Budget Resolution

The House passed a budget resolution by a vote of 228 to 199 late last night – according to The Hagstrom Report. The House budget contains a provision directing the House Ag Committee to cut 1-billion dollars over 10-years from programs under its ju

Farm Bill Deadline Soon, Extensions Available

NCGA--With less than one week until the sign-up deadline, 77 percent of farmers have made their election into the farm bill risk management program, according to USDA Farm Services Agency officials testifying today at a hearing of the House Agriculture Su

NCGA Favors Fed Labeling Law

The National Corn Growers Association applauded the introduction today of legislation to 

USDA Releases Actively Engaged In Farming Proposal

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has released the proposed rule to limit farm payments 

Growth Energy Response to Proposed RFS Cuts

WASHINGTON, DC — In response to a letter from several members of Congress requesting 

MDA: Organic Certification Cost Share Program Available

The Missouri Department of Agriculture announced today that funding is available to assist 

ASA: Fed GMO Bill Would Provide Clarity

ST. LOUIS (March 25, 2015) - The American Soybean Association (ASA) issued its firm 

Cattle Parasite May Have Answers to Malaria

Reuters reports researchers from the University of Edinburgh have found cows are protected 

Growth Energy Says Cruz Legislation Promotes Big Oil

Senator Ted Cruz of Texas introduced the American Energy Renaissance Act last week - which 

Doane Advisory Services Releases Planting Intentions Survey Results

March 24, 2015 - St. Louis, MO - Doane's 2015 Planting Intentions Survey was released to 

Farmland Documentary Wins Award

HESTERFIELD, MO (March 24, 2015 “Lights,Camera, Farmland! 

The Minute by FMC Features Overlap System

PHILADELPHIA – March 23, 2015 – Resistant weed challenges mean changing the way we’ve 

Sorghum Exports to China Going Strong

Just halfway through the 2014-2015 marketing year - U.S. sorghum exports to China are 

House Passes Legislation to Change EPA Scientific Advisory Board Selection Proce

The Hill reports the House passed legislation last week by a vote of 236 to 181 to change how 

Missouri Dairy Bill Awaits Gov. Nixon

The Missouri Senate, in a strong bipartisan vote of 31-2 passed the Missouri Dairy

Ag Producer Confidence Reaches All-Time Low

OMAHA, Neb. (March 23, 2015) – Crop and livestock producers’ confidence about the direction 

AGP Plans New Soybean Processing Facility in the Dakotas

Omaha, NE (March 20, 2015) – Ag Processing Inc a cooperative (AGP) announced plans to 

U.S. Asks WTO to Investigate Indonesia’s Import Restrictions

The Obama Administration has asked the World Trade Organization to develop a dispute 

House Ag Committee Approves Bill to Amend FIFRA, CWA

The House Agriculture Committee approved the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2015 

Farmers Stand Against #NewMacDonald Campaign

The Pork Network reports farmers across the agriculture industry have joined to fight the 

Farmers Testify on Personal Estate Tax Experiences

During a separate hearing Wednesday with the House Ways and Means Committee - American 

MDA Celebrates National Ag Day With Kids

(JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.) - Director of Agriculture Richard Fordyce and the Missouri 

Ag Reconciliation Not Part of Senate Budget

The Senate Budget Committee has started to markup a Fiscal Year 2016 budget resolution - 

E-85 Reaches San Fransisco

WASHINGTON — Today marks the first offering of E85 to flex-fuel vehicle owners in San 

Ag Workforce Coalition Sends Letter Opposing Mandatory E-Verify

The Agriculture Workforce Coalition has sent a letter to House leadership - signed by more than 140 food and ag organizations - opposing the Legal Workforce Act recently reported out of the House Judiciary Committee. The organizations say mandatory E-Veri

AFBF, NCBA Representatives Testify Before House Ag Subcommittee on WOTUS

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Past President Steve Foglesong says everyone wants clean water. Foglesong says farmers and ranchers rely on clean water to be successful in business – but expanding the federal regulatory reach of the EPA

EPA Administrator Address WOTUS, RFS at NFU Convention

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy told the National Farmers Union at its convention on Monday that she is renaming the Waters of the U.S. rule the Clean Water Rule. She told attendees she wishes EPA would have done a better job of rolling out its Clean Wate

Graves Introduces Bill to Reform Corps? Flood Management Procedures

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Sam Graves today introduced legislation designed to improve management of the Missouri River. This bill would remove “fish and wildlife” from the list of authorized purposes for which the U.S.

National Farmers Union Conference Ends Today

The National Farmers Union’s 113th Anniversary Convention began this weekend in Wichita, 

Young Leaders Take on Capitol Hill on National Ag Day

Thirty-six state FFA officers are gathering on Capitol Hill this week to celebrate National Ag 

Member of Congress Says TPA Won't Pass

Bloomberg reports Connecticut Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro doesn’t believe Trade 

USDA Makes Funding Available to Enhance Opportunities for Local Foods

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced Monday 97-million dollars in programs to 

NASCAR Reaches 7 Million Mile Mark with Ethanol

Since its initial seamless transition to Sunoco Green E-15 in 2011 - NASCAR has now reached 

7 Groups Sign Beef Checkoff MOU

Seven national organizations that are members of the Beef Checkoff Enhancement Working 

Avian Influenza Outbreak Impacts U.S. Poultry Exports

Reuters reports Mexico and other major countries imposed new import restrictions at the end of 

Mo. Delegation Heading to Europe to Talk Trade

JEFFERSON CITY – Gov. Jay Nixon will lead a delegation of Missouri government and business leaders on a trade mission to Italy, Germany and Spain from March 20 through March 28. The trade mission will have two primary objectives: cont

Pork Act Delegates Select NPB Candidates

During the National Pork Industry Forum last week - Pork Act Delegates ranked nine candidates 

Groups Concerned About Funding for Inland Waterways System

Agri-Pulse reports the Waterways Council Inc. and more than 40 other organizations and 

World Dairy Expo Recognition Award Winners Announced

MADISON, WIS. – World Dairy Expo has announced the recipients of the 2015 World Dairy 

ABFA Wants Congress to Change RFS

The Advanced Biofuels Association has asked Congress to make changes to the Renewable 

Lowest Snowpack Ever Measured in the West

Due to warmer temperatures last month - snowpack in the Cascades and Sierra Nevada have 

AFBF Says States Have Standing to Challenge CA Egg Law

The American Farm Bureau filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the