New Ag Coalition Focuses on Bioeconomy

Dan Bioeconomy, Corn, Hemp, Livestock, Poultry, Soybeans, Specialty Crops, This Land of Ours

A new coalition of agriculture groups with a new focus. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. Several industry associations launched the Ag Bioeconomy Coalition just days ago, to advance federal policy initiatives that foster growth toward a circular economy based on innovative products derived from agricultural commodities. Encompassing a broad range of technologies, the ag bioeconomy uses renewable, …

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Groups Ready to Help with Developing New Farm Bill

Dan Farm Bill, Legislative

Officials in Washington, D.C., are gearing up to debate reauthorizing the next farm bill in 2023. One group of grower-leaders intends to be a valuable resource for both corn growers and policymakers. The Risk Management and Transportation Action Team is a group that oversees much of the National Corn Growers Association’s public policy work on transportation, the farm safety net, …

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Reactions to Latest EPA Announcement on WOTUS

Dan Irrigation, Legislative, Water, Wetland, WOTUS Act

Thursday, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Army released a proposed rule to re-establish the pre-2015 definition of “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS). The proposed rule would remove the Navigable Waters Protection Rule (NWPR), which was finalized in 2020 and provided long-overdue certainty and clarity for farmers affected by the scope of WOTUS jurisdiction. Various commodity …

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U.S. – E.U. Agreement on Ag Collaboration

Dan Corn, Exports/Imports, Tariff, Trade

On the sidelines of the Group of 20 Summit this week, European Union officials and the Biden administration put together a deal to ease the tariffs on E.U. steel and aluminum imports into the U.S. while eliminating retaliatory duties from the E.U. on several U.S. goods. Rod Bain reports the new transatlantic collaboration agreement that agriculture leaders from both the U.S. …

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NCGA Joins Groups Commenting on Supply Chain Issues

Dan Corn

The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) joined 51 other groups in sending comments to the U.S. Department of Transportation on the many issues currently disrupting the U.S. supply chain. The comments offered recommendations on how to alleviate these challenges through legislative and regulatory actions. “To be successful, farmers must have a reliable and fully-functioning national transportation system that allows us …

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Updated Study Shows Value of Red Meat to U.S. Corn Farmers

Dan Beef, Cattle, Corn, Field Crops, Livestock, Sheep-Goats

According to a recent study by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF), U.S. beef and pork exports added 41 cents per bushel to the value of corn in 2020. That’s 11.5% of the average annual price of $3.52/bushel, and the overall value of red meat exports was $5.8 billion. This is obviously information that pleases the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA). Their Market Development …

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House Ways and Means Committee Releases Draft Bill

Dan Economy, Legislative

The U.S. House Ways and Means Committee this week did release a draft bill, and for now, the stepped-up basis tax break for farms and ranches appears safe. But the final verdict may still be out. The bill includes tax provisions that would pay for portions of the proposed $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation legislative package, and the bill doers include …

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NCGA to EPA: Don’t Saddle Farmers with Unnecessary Water Regulations

Dan Corn, Environment, Irrigation, Water

A National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) leader says federal regulations on remote bodies of water will hurt farmers without providing any significant improvement to water quality. This is what Andy Jobman, chair of NCGA’s Stewardship Action Team, told the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Tuesday. Jobman said, “The EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers must not assume that achieving desired water …

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Animal Ag Organizations Launch Protein PACT

Dan Cattle, Livestock, Pork, Regulation

U.S. animal agriculture groups Monday announced the Protein PACT. The coalition is the first joint initiative designed to accelerate momentum and verify progress toward global sustainable development goals across the animal protein sector. The Protein PACT was submitted to the UN Food Systems Summit as a sustainability game changer, and sustainable livestock and poultry production will be featured in a …

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Recognizing the Importance of the Beef Cattle Industry to Corn

Dan Beef, Cattle, Corn

May is National Beef Month, and according to the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) there’s no better way to celebrate than to recognize their largest animal ag customer and throw a sirloin on the grill this holiday weekend. According to NCGA, one out of four bushels of added corn demand is due to beef and pork exports. With such demand, NCGA recognizes the …