October 9, 2015

Farm Leaders Point to RFS Uncertainty

Farm leaders held a press call on Thursday to discuss a white paper about the EPA’s proposed rule on the Renewable Fuels Standard and how it could affect farm income and rural economies across the nation.

National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson says a weaker RFS is definitely a concern for rural communities.


Because of the uncertainty surrounding the volume requirements of the RFS, Johnson says investment in the renewables industry has stalled.


National Corn Growers Association President Chip Bowling says the U.S. certainly has an adequate feedstock supply for a stronger RFS.


Bowling says the uncertainty is undermining what’s already been built.


According to the white paper, fading federal support for the RFS is a key reason why farm income could hit its lowest level in about a decade.  The Department of Agriculture projects 2015 cash corn receipts will be off by more than $25 billion from the record year of 2012, including more than a $7 billion decline from last year.


Evolution of GMO Dialogue

After the recent detection of unregulated genetically engineered wheat outside of permitted fields, USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is seeking public comments on a new permitting process to strengthen oversight for field tests before volunteer plants can become established or spread.

Genetically engineered wheat plants were detected in unauthorized fields in Oregon and Montana in 2013 and 2014.

The wheat discovered in Montana was believed to be volunteer plants from a previous field trial, while the source of the genetically engineered wheat plants in Oregon hasn’t been determined.

Speaking Monday at a meeting of the International Association of Ag Production Insurers in Kansas City, Missouri, Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack touched on the topic of genetically modified crops during a question and answer session with attendees…


So now, Vilsack says the question has become – what do consumers need to know, and how should they get that information?


The debate over the safety of GMOs heated up in March when the World Health Organization’s cancer research unit classified glyphosate as a “probable” carcinogen for humans.

Regulators in California, one of the largest U.S. farming states, said they are moving to list glyphosate as potentially cancer-causing. The California Environmental Protection Agency is taking public comments on the move through Oct. 5.




NDSU Offers Soybean Drying and Storage Advice

With the soybean harvest underway, NDSU “Grain Engineer” Ken Hellevang says questions are beginning to trickle in regarding storage and drying for this year’s crop.

You can listen to our visit —   Ken Hellevang

Ken has provided education and technical assistance in grain drying and storage to farmers, agribusiness and professionals across the United States and internationally since 1980.