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There Is Interest in Agricultural Careers

agcareersA recent survey conducted for Land O’Lakes indicated very low interest in college grads pursuing a career in agriculture. But according to Eric Spell, president, the company is seeing a very different trend, noting a 33 percent increase in the number of visits to its website in the last year.

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NCGA Commends Senators Calling For Increased 2017 RVO Levels

From the National Corn Growers Association:

Corn GrowersWASHINGTON (March 24, 2016) — On Wednesday, Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) along with 17 other senators sent a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) urging them to follow the congressional intent of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) by increasing blending targets under the RFS for 2017.

The biofuels community commended the senators for their unwavering support for a strong and robust RFS and for Read the rest of this entry »

Educate Consumers and ‘Show Us Your Ag’

usfraDuring National Agriculture Week, which runs through March 19, the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) is inviting farmers, ranchers and all agriculturalists to “Show Us Your Ag.” It’s an effort to highlight how you care for your animals and how you raise your crops, educating today’s consumers.

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Statement from Agriculture Deputy Secretary Harden on Plans to Depart USDA

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

WASHINGTON, Jan. 21, 2016 – Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden today made the following statement on her plans to depart the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) at the end of February 2016:

Krysta Harden

Krysta Harden

“Today is bittersweet for me as I announce my decision to step down as Deputy Secretary at the end of February. I am proud of what our Department has accomplished since 2009 to bring economic opportunity that will help rural America thrive for generations to come. And although I will not be part of the many great and transformational things USDA will accomplish over the next year, I am more committed than ever to Read the rest of this entry »

Biofuel Big Business

biofuel corn stalk ethanol gas pumpEverett Griner talks about the biofuel industry in today’s Agri View.

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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Finalization of COP 21 Deal

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack


Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today made the following statement on the finalization of the COP 21 deal in Paris: “The historic COP21 deal supports a better-nourished, stable, secure future for the United States and every nation. Thanks to a coalition of global leaders led by President Obama, our world is now working together to aggressively address climate change with action and results. Read what this means for farmers and ranchers. ?

Deadline Nearing for Tax Extenders

Congress has until December 18, or just a couple of weeks, to pass tax extenders. The House voted earlier this year to make Section 179 expensing permanent, among other tax extenders, but the Senate Finance Committee has opted instead to revive the expired measures for 2015 and extend them through 2016. Tax extenders yet to see approval by Congress include section 179 expensing, the 50-percent bonus depreciation provision, and tax subsidies for biodiesel and wind power.

Mixed Thoughts on New EPA RFS Rule

corn stalk ethanol gas pumpThe Environmental Protection Agency announced higher volumes of renewable fuel than the levels EPA proposed in June under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

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Statement from Secretary Tom Vilsack on Finalization of the Renewable Fuel Standard

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack

Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack

WASHINGTON, Nov. 30, 2015—Today, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack made the following statement regarding the Environmental Protection Agency’s finalization of the Renewable Fuel Standard volume requirements:

“The rule released today is a positive step forward providing for continued growth in all parts of the Renewable Fuel Standard—advanced, biodiesel, cellulosic, and conventional—building on the Obama Administration’s and USDA’s commitment to biofuels and American-grown renewable energy. While the Renewable Fuel Standard is one piece of the equation of this commitment, it is not the only piece. Significant strategic investments by this Administration across the board in feedstock production, research, refining capacity, distribution and Read the rest of this entry »

RFS Final Rule Provides Stability and Modest Growth for Biodiesel

From the American Soybean Association:

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Nov. 30, 2015) – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the Final Rule setting the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volume requirements, including the volume requirements for biomass-based diesel for 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017. The American Soybean Association (ASA) appreciates EPA, the U.S Department of Agriculture(USDA) and the Obama Administration for their contributions to Read the rest of this entry »

EPA’s Final Rule A Step Forward for Ethanol

From the National Corn Growers Association:

WASHINGTON (November 30, 2015) – The following is a statement from Maryland farmer Chip Bowling, president of the National Corn Growers Association, in response to today’s announcement by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of the renewable volume obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard.

“America’s corn farmers are proud to grow a cleaner burning, renewable fuel source for America and the world. In July, we asked Read the rest of this entry »

Southeast AgNet This Week: Georgia Student on National FFA Officer Team; No Convincing Tie with Red Meat to Cancer

Southeast-AgNet-THIS-WEEK-Today’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes an interview with Abbey Gretsch, the newly elected national FFA southern region vice president, as well as a information on the lack of associations between red meat and cancer. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.

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