Friday, September 20, 2019

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ASA urges additional resources to keep inland waterways functioning

The American Soybean Association (ASA) has joined with the National Grain and Feed Association, other producer groups, processors, and input suppliers, alerting the Congressional Appropriations Committees about the urgent need for ...

NAWG President testifies to STB on rail competitiveness concerns

A strong and proactive Surface Transportation Board (STB) is necessary to help agricultural shippers and others who are captive to one railroad line receive fair rates and good service, NAWG President Wayne...

Bill on Duplicative Pesticide Permits, H.R. 872, passes Senate Ag Committee

The Senate Ag Committee passed H.R. 872, the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2011, with a strong bipartisan vote yesterday. The National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) and National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) were...

Beef Board Budget Dips More than 20% in 5 Years

The Beef Promotion Operating Committee has recommended a $42 million Cattlemen’s Beef Board budget for Fiscal 2012, reflecting a 2.1 percent decrease from the Fiscal 2011 budget and down more than 20 percent from...

Ag shippers raise the grade for railroads

The 47 million tons of soybeans, soybean meal and soybean oil that crisscross the United States each year must make it to their delivery points on time – or within reason. A...

Major ag coalition write U.S. leaders on farm budget cuts

A coalition of 113 agriculture organizations wrote the three highest ranking U.S. officials last week to express strong opposition to disproportionate cuts to agriculture programs in the quest to reduce the country’s...

House votes down amendment to cut funding for the National Wildlife Service

As part of the House debate on the Ag Appropriations yesterday, lawmakers deliberated an amendment that would cut funding for the National Wildlife Service. House Ag Committee Chairman Frank Lucas told his colleagues that he...

House passes amendment to strip Brazil of cotton payments

House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas was successful Wednesday in stripping language out of the appropriations bill that would have reduced direct payments to upland cotton farmers to pay for the Brazilian WTO cotton...

Senators praised after voting down an amendment to repeal ethanol tax incentives

The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) and Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) yesterday afternoon praised the U.S. Senate for voting down an amendment by Senator Coburn (R-OK) to repeal ethanol...

Advanced ethanol industry opposed to anti-ethanol amendment

The Advanced Ethanol Council (AEC) today warned Senate leaders that an abrupt end to the current ethanol tax incentive known as VEETC would destabilize the current ethanol industry and the progress of new ethanol...

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