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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...

NCGA seeks growers for action teams, committees

The National Corn Growers Association is seeking applications from members interested in working on an NCGA action team or committee in the 2012 fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1. This service provides growers an...

Grains Council elects 2012 leadership, Mark Seastrand of North Dakota Barley Council named director

At the U.S. Grains Council's 51st Annual Board of Delegates Meeting in San Francisco last week, the Council delegate body elected its 2011/2012 leadership to serve on the Council's Board of Directors. "We congratulate the...

USDA announces Commodity Credit Corporation lending rates for August 2011

The Department of Agriculture's Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) today announced interest rates for August 2011. The CCC borrowing rate-based charge for August 2011 is 0.125 percent, unchanged from 0.125 in July 2011. For 1996...

Vilsack urges extension of BCAP, other farm energy programs

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack last week announced today the creation of four additional Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP) project areas in six states. But he also used the occasion to urge that all farm-based...

Hoeven meets with U.S. trade Ambassador Kirk to advance FTAs

Senator John Hoeven yesterday afternoon met with U.S. Trade Ambassador Ron Kirk to continue his efforts to get the South Korean, Colombian and Panamanian free trade agreements to the floor of the U.S. Senate. Hoeven...

USDA makes funds available to meet urgent credit needs of producers

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced yesterday that a high demand for guaranteed farm ownership and direct farm operating funds has prompted USDA to transfer appropriated funds between programs as authorized by law, to meet...

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