Wednesday, October 23, 2019

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ACE, NCGA, RFA praise ethanol legislation

Bipartisan negotiations behind the scenes have resulted in a legislative compromise in the Senate that reforms the existing Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit (VEETC) or the “blenders’ credit.”  The compromise would end a 45...

Senate Finance panel talks trade

The Senate Finance Committee finally kicked off action on three long-stalled trade deals today – after a false start last week. Finance Chair Max Baucus of Montana told his colleagues that competitors are gaining ground...

NCGA questions witness list in House Hearing on E15

If you were a Congressional subcommittee and you were going to hold a hearing "Examining the Science Behind E15," whom would you invite to testify? Would you invite some of the...

EPA Finalizes E15 Labeling Regulations

EPA has finalized regulations for labeling pumps that distribute 15% ethanol blends in gasoline (E15), removing another hurdle to ethanol market expansion. The agency said the label will help “inform consumers...

Agriculture Secretary appoints Bruce Nelson as Farm Service Agency Administrator

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Friday announced the appointment of Bruce Nelson as Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator, effective July 3, 2011. “Bruce Nelson has served as a state executive director in...

USDA’s corn acreage number shocks trade

USDA’s acreage and stocks data on Thursday morning shocked traders by showing the corn supply is far larger than thought and more acres were planted than traders were expecting. USDA said the corn stockpile was...

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...

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