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Grassley?s Take on Proposed Renewable Electricity Tax Credit Extension Amendment


On Wednesday (January 28th) - Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley voted in favor of an amendment offered by Senator Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota to extend the renewable electricity tax credit for five-years. However - Grassley says the credit - which was first

Animal Activist, Environmental Groups Sue EPA


Meatingplace reports the Environmental Integrity Project, Center for Food Safety, HSUS, Clean Wisconsin, Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement and Association of Irritated Residents filed a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency this week.

Growth Energy, NCGA say Old, False News Released by World Resources Institute


The World Resources Institute recently released a report that criticizes biofuels. Growth Energy CEO Tom Buis says the report repackages old, previously debunked food and fuel and Indirect Land Use Change myths in attempts to discredit an American success

Mo Gov. Outlines Cuba Trip Details


JEFFERSON CITY - Gov. Jay Nixon today joined Missouri Department of Agriculture Director Richard Fordyce and agriculture industry leaders at the Missouri Farm Bureau for a roundtable discussion on the economic benefits of inc

NCGA Responds to World Resources Institute Study


WASHINGTON (Jan. 29, 2015) – The National Corn Growers Association today issued the following statement in response to a study released by the World Resources Institute. Statement by Keith Alverson, South Dakota corn grower and a member of the Corn

Scientists Research Phosphorus Losses in the Midwest


For the past seven-years - USDA Agricultural Research Service soil scientist Doug Smith has been monitoring phosphorus in surface runoff and tile drainage from farm fields in the St. Joseph River Watershed in Indiana. From 2008 to 2013 - Smith noticed 49-

TPP Problems with Canada


According to The Hagstrom Report - Chief U.S. Agricultural Trade Negotiator Darci Vetter says all eyes are on Canada right now in the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations. Vetter says Canada really needs to bring something more comprehensive to the tabl

EPA Confuses U.S. Soybean Farmers


The Environmental Protection Agency Wednesday announced it will approve an application allowing Argentine biodiesel easier access to the U.S. market. American Soybean Association President Wade Cowan says this decision shows a lack of coordination and ala

Missouri Corn Growers Hold Annual Meeting


(JEFFERSON CITY)--Corn farmers, board members, industry representatives and guests from across the state gathered in Jefferson City, Mo., yesterday for the Missouri Corn Growers Association (MCGA) annual meeting and lobby day.     The

AFBF Disappointed with Court?s Ruling Regarding Farmers? Personal Information


Late Tuesday - the federal district court in Minnesota dismissed its lawsuit seeking to block the Environmental Protection Agency from releasing the personal information of livestock and poultry farmers and ranchers in response to Freedom of Information A

Food, Ag Groups Urge Federal Government to Find Solutions to End Ports Disputes


Yesterday (Wednesday) - the National Pork Producers Council - along with 92 other food, ag and allied industry groups - urged parties involved in the West Coast ports labor dispute to resolve their differences as soon as possible. Due to this dispute - it

MO Gov. Announces USDA Grants While in Buchanan County


DE KALB, Mo. – Gov. Jay Nixon today visited the farm of Doug and Vicki Hickman in DeKalb with Department of Natural Resources Director Sara Parker Pauley, Department of Agriculture Director Richard Fordyce, and J.R. Flores&n

2015 Conservation Legacy Awards Regional Winners Announced


The American Soybean Association has announced its 2015 Conservation Legacy Awards regional winners - who will be recognized at the ASA Awards Banquet at Commodity Classic in Phoenix, Arizona on February 27th. The Conservation Legacy Awards Program - co-s

Georgia Welcome E15 Fuels


WASHINGTON — Protec Fuel has joined with Mountain Express to make E15 available to drivers in the greater Atlanta region. Two stations already offer E15 with an additional eight stations in the works. The expansion of E15 into Georgia bumps the tota

Cattlemen, Pork Producers Support TPA Renewal


U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman is meeting with the House Ways and Means and Senate Finance committees tuesday on trade. The National Pork Producers Council and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association both support Trade Promotion Authority an

Applications Now Available for 28th Year of the Missouri Agribusiness Academy


(JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.) - The Missouri Department of Agriculture is giving 30 high school students representing 4-H clubs and FFA chapters, as well as farm families, throughout Missouri the opportunity to explore careers in agriculture through the 2015 Miss

Four Focus Areas Suggested for Animal Protein Research in New Report


By 2050 - the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization estimates a 73-percent increase in meat and egg consumption - according to Meatingplace. Per capita consumption also is expected to more than double in Asia and Africa. That’s why the Na

ASA Submits Comments on EPA Neonicotinoid Seed Treatment Report


The American Soybean Association submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency Friday (January 23rd) disagreeing with the conclusions of a recent EPA report that questions the value of neonicotinoid seed treatments in soybean operations. ASA P

Missouri Corn Scholarship Deadline Approaching


(JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.)--Agriculture students throughout Missouri have two weeks to complete their application for the 2015 Missouri Corn Scholarship Program. High school and college students interested in a career in agronomy or other agriculture-related f

Tyson Settles With Missouri on Fish Kill Lawsuit


Tyson Foods will pay more than a half million dollars to the state of Missouri to settle a lawsuit over a fish kill. The fish kill was caused by Tyson’s operation in the state last spring. The settlement amount includes damages, penalties, rebuildi

HSUS Agriculture Councils Gaining Ground


The Humane Society of the United States is developing state agriculture councils. Local farmers and agriculturalists in Colorado, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma and now Wisconsin have all joined HSUS to foster better ani

Researchers May Have Found a Way to Prevent, Treat E. Coli Infections


According to Meatingplace - scientists at the University of Glasgov have discovered an amino acid produced in the human brain that could help prevent - or treat - infection from E. coli O157. Through the study of the genome sequence of 1,500 strains of E.

NFU Submits Comments on CSP


The National Farmers Union has submitted comments to USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service on an interim rule regarding the Conservation Stewardship Program. NFU President Roger Johnson says family farmers and ranchers are the original conse

USFRA Brings Animal Rights to Center Stage for Food Dialogues


USFRA TO BRING ANIMAL CARE TO CENTER STAGE DURING THE FOOD DIALOGUES AT THE DAIRY FORUM ON JANUARY 28 Elisabeth Leamy, 13-time Emmy Award-winning journalist, to Moderate “Animal Care and Consumers’ Emerging Expectations” in Boca Raton &n

Premier Bison Breeding Animals at Western Stock Show


Denver, CO (January 19, 2015) - With consumer demand continuing to fuel strong retail bison meat prices, the 81 head of quality animals scheduled to be auctioned as the National Bison Association Gold Trophy Sale at the National Western Stock Show Ja

Growth Energy Says Senators Introduce Shortsighted Amendment


Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey, California Senator Diane Feinstein and Arizona Senator Jeff Flake have sponsored the Corn Ethanol Mandate Elimination Act of 2015. Growth Energy CEO Tom Buis says this legislation is incredibly shortsighted. He says identi

Success of U.S. Sorghum Exports to China Should Continue


One of last year’s top trade success stories is China’s surging imports of U.S. sorghum - according to the U.S. Grains Council. During the most recent marketing year - China imported 165-million bushels of U.S. sorghum - 87-percent of U.S. glo

USDA Deregulates Monsanto's Next-Generation Weed Control


ST. LOUIS (January 15, 2015) – Today the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced  its decision to deregulate Monsanto’s dicamba-tolerant trait technologies –Roundup Ready 2 Xtend™ soybeans and Bollgard II® 

Missouri Soybean Offers Scholarships to National Collegiate Biotechnology Progra


(Jefferson City, Mo.) – Four Missouri college students will have the opportunity to attend a hands-on biotechnology program in Arizona in March through a partnership with Missouri’s soybean growers. In partnership with the United Soybean Board

Vilsack Announces Cattlemen?s Beef Board Appointments


Agri-view reports Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced the 25 appointments to the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board. The board oversees the collection of one-dollar per head on all cattle sold in the U.S. and one-dollar per head equiva

Treasury, Commerce Publish Regulations Regarding Ag Sales to Cuba


According to The Hagstrom Report - the Treasury and Commerce Departments published regulations to ease restrictions on U.S. ag sales to Cuba. The overall embargo is still in effect - but White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest says the regulatory amendme

Missouri Soybean Farmers Break Yield Record in 2014, According to USDA-NASS


Missouri Soybean Farmers Break Yield Record in 2014, According to USDA-NASS   (Jefferson City, Mo.) – This year’s harvest season brought speculation that Missouri soybean farmers may have broken yield records. A recent report from the USD

Final Day to Register for Commodity Classic Early Bird Discount


The early bird registration discount for the 20th Commodity Classic ends today (Thursday). National Corn Growers Association Commodity Classic Joint Venture Committee Co-Chair Bart Schott says Commodity Classic is on track to be bigger and better than eve

2015 Public Policy Positions Set for Farm Bureau


American Farm Bureau farmer and rancher delegates approved resolutions to provide Farm Bureau grassroots authority to ask Congress to finish many measures that remain unresolved at the beginning of this year. While Farm Bureau members have made great stri

NCGA Hosts Priority and Policy Conference


This week in St. Louis - farmer leaders from across the U.S. are gathering at the National Corn Growers Association’s annual Priority and Policy Conference. NCGA President Chip Bowling is excited about the important opportunity the meeting will prov

Biennial Budgeting Bill Introduced in Senate


Senator Chuck Grassley co-sponsored the Biennial Budgeting and Appropriations Act introduced yesterday (Tuesday) - which would reform Congress’ annual appropriations process into a two-year budget cycle. One year would be devoted to appropriating fe

China Bans Imports of All U.S. Poultry and Eggs


China has banned imports of U.S. poultry and egg imports after a strain of H5N8 influenza was found in Oregon and another strain was detected in California and Washington. American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman says this national ban is a

Bison National Association to Celebrate 20th Anniversary


Denver, CO (January 12, 2015) - Twenty years after the leaders of two buffalo groups came together to forge the National Bison Association, an estimated 350 ranchers, marketers and bison enthusiasts will gather January 21-23 at the Denver Renais

More than Half of Nation?s Dairy Producers Enroll in New Margin Protection Progr


WASHINGTON, Jan. 12, 2015 — U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that more than 23,000 of the nation’s dairy operations – over half of all dairy farms in America – have enrolled in the new saf

National Pork Board Announces New CEO


The National Pork Board has named Chris Hodges - current senior vice president of Smithfield Farmland - as its new CEO. For the past 30 years - National Pork Board President Dale Norton says Hodges has dedicated his career to the pork industry - building

Farmers Gather for NCGA Priority and Policy Conference


The National Corn Growers Association's annual Priority and Policy Conference takes place this week in St. Louis, bringing farmer leaders from many corn states to begin the discussion of state and national priorities for the remainder of the 2015 fisc

USDA Reports Overview


(information from DTN) DTN) -- USDA lowered corn ending stocks by 121 million bushels to 1.877 billion bushels to reflect a lower, but still record, corn production estimate. Soybean ending stocks were left unchanged at 410 mb. USDA released its Crop Pr

Missouri State Fair Receives Awards for its Agriculture Showcase


(SEDALIA, Mo.) – The Missouri State Fair has been recognized as a premier agricultural showcase by the International Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE). During the recent annual IAFE Convention, the Fair received more than 30 awards for its

My American Farm Website Reaches More Than 1 Million Youth


The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture announced last week it has reached more than 1.5-million school-age youths through its My American Farm program - an educational game platform launched in 2011. The free website offers 19 agriculturally

USGC Shares a Glimpse of What 2015 Could Look Like


At the beginning of this new year - U.S. Grains Council President and CEO Tom Sleight shares some of his predictions for 2015 and the Council’s priorities for the year. Sleight says there are some new developments on the horizon. The Council is in t

Nebraska High Court Tosses Suit over Keystone Pipeline Route


LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska's highest court has tossed a lawsuit challenging a proposed route for the Keystone XL oil pipeline. The decision released Friday by the state Supreme Court upholds a 2012 state law that allowed the governor to empower Ca

2014 Meat Export Situation


The U.S. Meat Export Federation compiled data from USDA that shows cumulative 2014 U.S. beef and pork export volume totals were higher year-over-year - with January to November beef and pork exports up two-percent. While the first 11 months of 2014 reflec

Roberts Named New Senate Ag Chair


Kansas Senator Pat Roberts has been appointed chairman of the Senate Ag, Nutrition and Forestry Committee. American Soybean Association President Wade Cowan says Roberts has built a deep and fluent knowledge of ag policy – specifically crop insuranc

Mo. Governor Joins Ag Groups Calling for Removal of Cuban Trade Barriers


Governor Jay Nixon spoke in Washington D.C. on Thursday at the National Press Club as the U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba was announced. 

Missouri Seeking to Expand Cattle Industry


Missouri’s Agriculture Department is working quickly to act following the Missouri Beef Summit meeting this week.