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Ag in Review for the Week Ending November 22, 2013

A highlight of agricultural news for this week from around the Southeast.

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Climate Questions

Southeast AgNet's Everett Griner
Everett Griner studies the climate and how science is nowhere near in agreement.


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RFS Reduction Draws Differing Reactions from Ag Groups

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.


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Boosting the Biofuels Sector Beyond the RFS

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.


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RFS Proposal Creates Concerns Regarding Future of Advanced Biofuels

The newly proposed Renewable Fuels Standard volumes for 2014 would put cellulosic biofuel at 17-million gallons and advanced biofuel at 2.2-billion gallons.


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Ag in Review for the Week of November 15, 2013

A highlight of agricultural news for this week from around the Southeast.

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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on EPA 2014 Volume Standards

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 »

EPA Ethanol Proposal Will Devastate Farmers, Rural Economy

From the National Corn Growers Association:

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 »

EPA’s RFS Proposal Goes Backward on Biodiesel

From The American Soybean Association:

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 »

Under Secretary Elisabeth Hagen departs from USDA

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 »

Conference Member Believes 2013 Farm Bill Could be Last for Decades

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.


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New YouTube Channel Features Ag Safety Videos

There is a new YouTube channel dedicated to providing agricultural safety videos.


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Alabama NRCS Focusing on Energy Conservation for Poultry Producers

John CurtisThe 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.


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Uncertain Future

Southeast AgNet's Everett Griner
Everett Griner tells us how the population growth is challenging farming.


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Alabama NRCS Accepting EQIP and CSP Applications

John CurtisJohn Curtis with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Alabama wants to remind producers of the November 15, 2013 batching date for 2014 funding for EQIP and CSP.


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Ag in Review for the Week of November 1, 2013

A highlight of agricultural news for this week from around the Southeast.

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First Farm Bill Conference in the Books

Debbie StabenowWell 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.


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Danger Zone

Southeast AgNet's Everett Griner
Agriculture is still number 2 on the Most Dangerous Jobs list. Everett Griner explains why.


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Opening Statement of Chairman Frank Lucas for House-Senate Conference Committee on Farm Bill

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 »

Ag in Review for the Week Ending October 25, 2013

A highlight of agricultural news for this week from around the Southeast.

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A Lot of Issues to Address in a Short Amount of Time

Agriculture Secretary Tom VilsackU.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says this is critical time for rural America, as Congress has a lot of very important work that needs to be done in the next couple of months.


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Good Crop Outlook

A big corn crop will now lower the prices for consumers. Everett Griner tells us why.


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Water Problems

Southeast AgNet's Everett Griner
Everett Griner explains how conservation is a current challenge for everyone.


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Farm Bill Conference Could Start Next Week

The leaders of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees have made plans for the farm bill conference.


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Busy First Day at Sunbelt Ag Expo

Chip Blalock, Adam Putnam, John HoblickIt’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 »

Putnam Pitches Cutting Energy Taxes for Businesses, Shoppers

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 »

Ag in Review for the Week Ending October 11, 2013

A highlight of agricultural news for this week from around the Southeast.

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Then and Now

Southeast AgNet's Everett Griner
Everett Griner reminds us about changes that have taken place in farming over the years, and gives us all something to think about.


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Agricultural Issues Taking a Backseat to Shutdown

With congressional leadership preoccupied over the budget impasse, little political willpower remains for addressing other issues, including the farm bill and immigration reform.


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Senate Reappoints Farm Bill Conferees

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has named conferees for the Farm Bill, including Saxby Chambliss of Georgia.


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