ST. LOUIS (November 15, 2013) – The National Corn Growers Association expressed outrage today in the wake of an announcement by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that will significantly weaken the Renewable Fuel Standard by reducing the volumes for corn-based ethanol for 2014.
“This recommendation is ill-advised and should be condemned by all consumers because it is damaging to our tenuous economy and short-sighted regarding the nation’s energy future,” said NCGA President Martin Barbre. “Agriculture has been a bright spot in a failing U.S. economy, but current corn prices Read the rest of this entry »
ST. LOUIS (November 15, 2013) – In response to a Proposed Rule for the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard Required Volume Obligations (RVO) issued today by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the American Soybean Association expressed concern that the biomass-based diesel levels for 2014 and 2015 would be reduced below the amount actually produced in 2013. The rule, which establishes the amount of biofuels that obligated parties must utilize for 2014 and the amount of biomass-based diesel for 2014 and 2015, proposes Read the rest of this entry »
WASHINGTON, November 15, 2013 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Agriculture Under Secretary Elisabeth Hagen today made the following statements on Under Secretary Hagen’s departure from USDA:
Statement from Under Secretary Hagen
“Today I am announcing that I will be embarking in mid-December on a new challenge in the private sector. I am grateful to Secretary Vilsack for the opportunity to serve as Under Secretary for Food Safety and be part of his leadership team. I also Read the rest of this entry »
It is no secret that passing a new farm bill has been a struggle for the past couple of years, and farm bill conference committee member, Mike Rogers from Alabama believes it is important to get this year’s farm bill right, saying it could be the last one that passes for decades.
The Natural Resources Conservation Service in Alabama is holding a batching date for EQIP and CSP on November 15, 2013. And John Curtis, Alabama NRCS resource conservationist, says that several initiatives fall under these programs, including energy conservation.
Well many of the stark differences between the House and Senate versions of the farm bill were laid out during the first farm bill conference meeting on Wednesday, but Senate Ag committee chair Debbie Stabenow notes that no matter how large the challenge, farmers and ranchers are counting on their representatives to finally get the farm bill completed.
Good afternoon, and welcome to the first meeting of the House-Senate Conference Committee charged with negotiating a compromise between the House and Senate-passed farm bills. Read the rest of this entry »
It’s been a day full of events thus far as the annual Sunbelt Ag Expo is underway in Moultrie, Georgia. One of those events involved many folks from Florida, this year’s spotlight state. Read the rest of this entry »
The Capital, Tallahassee – By Jim Turner, News Service of Florida -
Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam wants an annual sales-tax holiday on energy-saving appliances similar to the back-to-school tax holiday.
And he said the sales tax on energy used by businesses needs to be trimmed, with the remaining revenue redirected for school construction and maintenance.
The two proposals were among several Putnam announced Monday for the 2014 legislative session during an appearance at the start of the two-day Florida Energy Summit in Orlando. Read the rest of this entry »
The News Service of Florida, By Jim Turner, The Capital, Tallahassee – Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam wants an annual sales-tax holiday on energy-saving appliances similar to the back-to-school tax holiday. And he said the sales tax on energy used by businesses needs to be trimmed, with the remaining revenue redirected for school construction and maintenance. The two proposals were among several Putnam announced Monday for the 2014 legislative session during an appearance at the start of the two-day Florida Energy Summit in Orlando. Read the rest of this entry »
Even with the expiration of the current farm bill extension looming, there is still nothing on the House’s schedule on entering negotiations with the Senate. Former Reagan USDA Secretary and D.C. Lobbyist John Block gives his take on the situation.