House Ag Chair Backs Calls for a Statewide Approach to Water

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From: The News Service of Florida The House isn’t ready to write a check for the Senate’s ambitious $220 million plan intended to help clean and redirect the flow of water from Lake Okeechobee south through the Everglades. Rep. Matt Caldwell, R-Lehigh Acres, said Wednesday the state needs

Farmers Head to Washington, D.C., to Defend Ethanol at EPA Hearing

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From The National Corn Growers Association: 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.

Updated Statement From NPPC On Animal Abuses At An Oklahoma Farm

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From the National Pork Producers Council: The National Pork Producers Council was contacted at 11:07 Eastern time this morning by Mercy For Animals, asking that it retract part of its earlier statement on a video the animal-rights group released today showing animal abuse on an Oklahoma farm. While NPPC was unaware that any reports of the abuse were made to …

Animal Ag Applaud EPA Decision to Lower Ethanol 2014 Requirements

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From the National Chicken Council: WASHINGTON, D.C. – November 15, 2013 – The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today released a proposed 2014 renewable fuel (RFS) standard that will require refiners to blend up to 15.21 billion gallons of biofuels into gasoline next year, which represents the first-ever reduction in a biofuels mandate that Congress created during the George W. Bush …

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on EPA 2014 Volume Standards

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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 …

EPA Ethanol Proposal Will Devastate Farmers, Rural Economy

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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 …

EPA’s RFS Proposal Goes Backward on Biodiesel

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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. …

Under Secretary Elisabeth Hagen departs from USDA

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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 …