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Stofferahn says political and budget environment provide “thorny situation” for secret discussion of farm...

There are many farm bill details that have been negotiated behind the scenes as many lawmakers try to meet under the Super Committee process. Because of the situation, there are farm spending critics who...

Senator Hoeven says farm bill is still a work in progress

The early session of the 2012 Farm Bill Issues and Challenges conference in Fargo, ND,  featured a panel discussion with North Dakota Senators Kent Conrad and John Hoeven, Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar and North Dakota...

Senator Klobuchar says safety net for farmers important

Because of the deadlines that lawmakers are trying to meet under the Super Committee process, many details of the new farm bill have been negotiated behind the scenes. Some farm spending critics have used...

2012 Farm Bill: Issues and Challenges two-day conference in Fargo

Senator Kent Conrad is hosting a two-day conference with national ag leaders next week to examine the major changes being proposed to the nation's agriculture policy. Senator Conrad will be joined by Dr. Won W....

USDA FSA urges farmers and ranchers to vote in county committee elections

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Bruce Nelson announced  that the 2011 FSA county committee elections will begin today, Nov. 4, with USDA mailing ballots to eligible voters. The...

Subcommittee approves legislation to prevent EPA regulations on farm dust

The Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power, chaired by Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY), yesterday approved bipartisan legislation to provide certainty and regulatory relief to America’s farmers, ranchers, and rural businesses. H.R. 1633,...

Grains Council explore expanding corn trade with China

Last week, National Corn Growers Association CEO Rick Tolman joined U.S. Grains Council leadership and others on a mission to China during which they assured Chinese leaders of the United States' ability and commitment...

Argentine Leadership with NCGA discuss sustainability, technology

NCGA welcomed a high-level delegation from Argentina exploring how new technology improves yields and conserves resources when used in conjunction with other agronomic practices. Designed to foster a farmer-to-farmer conversation across the Americas, delegates...

Beef Checkoff announces landmark sustainability project

Yesterday, the U.S. beef industry announced initiation of a landmark checkoff-funded sustainability assessment. Previous checkoff-funded research demonstrated beef’s carbon footprint in the United States decreased 18 percent in the last 30 years; and numerous sustainability...

USDA announces Disaster Assistance sign up for 2010 crop losses

USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director Craig Schaunaman announced that the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments (SURE) program enrollment for 2010 crop year losses begins November 14, 2011. “Producers across the state experienced several...

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