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Coalition for E85 forms to protect consumer access

The Coalitions for E85 has formed to protect 2,500 small businesses that have invested in E85 and halt a multi-million dollar tax hike on consumers, according to their press release. The group is made...

FTA’s no longer collecting dust

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President Bill Donald says cattlemen can finally celebrate a victory in the area of trade. The U.S. House and Senate both approved pending trade agreements with Colombia, Panama and South...

Grower groups applaud approval of FTAs

The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF), the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC), American Soybean Association, National Corn Growers Association, National Wheat Growers and National Wheat Associates applaud the passage Wednesday by the House and...

Farm groups urge FCC to conduct additional testing on LightSquared

The American Soybean Association (ASA) and a coalition of 12 other national producer groups that represent American farmers and all major crop commodities are urging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to conduct additional targeted...

Representative Noem’s bill on EPA dust regulation gains momentum

Representative Kristi Noem’s bipartisan legislation to prohibit the EPA from further regulating dust in rural areas (H.R. 1633) is gaining momentum in the House and Senate.  First of all, the House Energy & Commerce...

National Symposium focus: 360-degree view of antibiotic use in food animals

Antibiotic use in food animals has been dissected in the media, online and among consumers for the past several years and is a hot topic among those involved in food animal production. Most people...

USDA extends deadline for public comments on new animal ID rule

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced on Friday that it was extending the deadline for public comments on its proposed rule for mandatory animal traceability, following a request by forty-nine organizations for a...

EPA tries to clear the air on farm dust regulations

At a roundtable discussion in Fargo, North Dakota, on Friday morning, EPA Region 8 Administrator James Martin tried to reassure producers that a routine review of National Ambient Air Quality Standards under the Clean...

Roundtable discussion with EPA clarifies NPDES permits

Farm interests are urging Senate passage of a bill that will help avoid unnecessary regulation of farm chemicals, as farmers already follow strict guidelines for pesticide application according to labeling laws. The Sixth Court of...

Corn Farmers Coalition concludes third year of educating Washington about corn

The Corn Farmers Coalition, a program from the National Corn Growers Association and several of its state affiliates designed to educate Washington policymakers about corn and the family farmers who grow it, concluded its...

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