WASHINGTON (Dec. 4, 2013) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to cut the amount of corn ethanol required under the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard by 10 percent will affect corn prices and rural economies, farmers plan to tell the agency at a hearing set for Thursday outside the nation’s capital. Read the rest of this entry »
Roger Johnson with the National Farmers Union says one good thing that has hopefully come out of the prolonged farm bill debate is the opportunity to educate the public on the wide scope and areas that it covers.
EPA’s decision to reduce the fuel mandates under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) has many related to the biofuels industry frustrated. However, a coalition of livestock and poultry groups have applauded the action.
Despite the concern from those connected with the renewable fuels industry regarding the announcement of a proposed reduction in the renewable fuels mandate, Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says there are also some encouraging statements in that same EPA announcement.
WASHINGTON, November 15, 2013 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today made the following statements on EPA’s proposal of 2014 Renewable Fuel Standards:
“The Obama Administration remains committed to the production of clean, renewable energy from homegrown sources, and to the businesses that are hard at work to create the next generation of biofuels.
It’s important to take a long-term approach to the RFS. Clearly, as Governor of Iowa and as U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, my support for the RFS has been steady and strong. But I also believe that Read the rest of this entry »
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 »