Monday, November 11, 2019

National News

Wheat, corn & soy crop reported by USDA smaller than expected

U.S. farmers planted 2.2 percent less wheat than earlier forecast due to rain and floods in the northern Plains region. Because of seedling delays, USDA contacted growers in Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota and South...

Administration announces no new regulations for ag transport

Senator John Hoeven today said an announcement by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) that it will not propose new or change existing regulations governing the transport of agricultural...

USDA seeks comments on the proposed rule for animal disease traceability

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) yesterday issued a proposed rule to establish general regulations for improving the traceability of U.S. livestock moving interstate when animal disease events...

Ag Secretary Vilsack reassures farmers and ranchers in states affected by extreme weather

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack yesterday pledged his commitment to the nation's farmers, ranchers and rural communities that USDA would continue to work to deliver assistance to those affected by recent extreme weather, including floods,...

Congress heads to Recess; Leaves trade, approps hanging

Members of both Chambers of Congress headed home this past week for a four-week August recess, leaving behind a raft of priorities to be addressed when they return after Labor Day. First and foremost is...

National Biodiesel Board announces Anne Steckel as new VP of Federal Affairs

The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) announced on Thursday that it has hired Anne Steckel, currently chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Mike Thompson of California, to serve as vice president of federal affairs. Steckel, who...

At Symposium, NCGA CEO focuses on policy

National Corn Growers Association CEO Rick Tolman yesterday highlighted the ways in which the farm bill impacts U.S. corn growers as he addressed the 28th Annual International Sweetener Symposium in Stowe, Vt. The program focused...

USDA announces last call for producers to file AGI forms with the IRS

North Dakota USDA Farm Service Agency State Executive Director Aaron Krauter reminds producers that they must submit an Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) verification consent form (CCC-927 or CCC-928) to the IRS as soon as...

NCGA comments on guidance for farm vehicles

NCGA this week submitted comments to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regarding proposed guidance for operators of farm vehicles and off-road agricultural equipment.  NCGA President Bart Schott identified several areas of concern that...

White House Council established to address rural policy

The new White House Rural Council, established by President Obama this summer, is the first entity of its kind to focus on policy initiatives for rural Americans. The National Corn Growers Association hopes that...

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