Archive for March 2009

Agriculture Not Hard Hit By House and Senate Budgets

March 27, 2009

The House and Senate Budget Committees approved FY2010 budget resolutions this week with relatively minor implications for agriculture.

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Monsanto Gives $10 Million for Wheat, Rice Breeding Students

March 27, 2009

Monsanto announced this week a $10 million grant to establish the Monsanto’s Beachell-Borlaug International Scholars Program, which will support Ph.D. students researching wheat and rice.

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Moran Introduces Bill To Ease Trade and Travel With Cuba

March 27, 2009

Rep. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and 17 cosponsors introduced legislation this week to improve the ability of U.S. agriculture producers to market their products to Cuba.

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USDA and Treasury Team Up to Combat Payment Fraud

March 20, 2009

USDA and the Department of the Treasury announced Thursday that producers applying for farm program payments will now be required to allow the Internal Revenue Service to verify their income.

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Vilsack Writes EPA’s Jackson on Court’s Pesticide Ruling

March 20, 2009

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack wrote EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson earlier in the month expressing his deep concern about the effects a recent Sixth Circuit Court ruling could have on American agriculture’s ability to respond to crop threats.

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Scientists Announce Progress on Ug99 Resistant Varieties

March 20, 2009

Wheat researchers announced progress this week toward the production of new types of high-yielding wheat containing multiple minor genes that have resistance to Ug99, a virulent stem rust to which 90 percent of wheat varieties are susceptible.

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Word on Wheat: Standing Ground, Working Together

March 20, 2009

My hat is off to those who have raised opposition to the Obama Administration’s recent budget proposals. The agricultural community has stood up and said enough is enough – the 2008 Farm Bill needs to be allowed to work as Congress intended.

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2009 Syngenta Women’s Program Class Announced

March 13, 2009

NAWG is pleased to announce the 2009 class of participants in the Syngenta Women’s Leadership At It’s Best program.

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Budget Discussions Dominate Agriculture Talk in Washington

March 13, 2009

NAWG and more than 35 other agricultural organizations sent a strongly-worded letter to leaders of the Congressional budget and agriculture committees this week, describing in detail their opposition to recent Obama Administration budget proposals.

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Omnibus Approved with Cuba Language Despite Objections

March 13, 2009

A $410 billion omnibus bill to fund most of the federal government for the 2009 fiscal year was finalized this week including controversial language regarding trade with Cuba.

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Word on Wheat: Stepping Up the Ladder of Leadership

March 13, 2009

When I first began representing Oregon on the NAWG Board of Directors in 2002, I would not have said becoming the organization’s president was my long-term goal. For me, rising in the ranks of leadership has closely resembled climbing up a ladder; one step led to another, along with great support and encouragement from friends and colleagues, until I made the commitment in the spring of 2006 to be NAWG officer.

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