Archive for April 2009

Climate Change Discussions Heat Up Following EPA Action

April 24, 2009

Climate change discussions heated up another notch this week following official word on Friday from the Environmental Protection Agency that it would seek to regulate greenhouse gases.

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Commodity Groups Talk Crop Insurance Before House Ag

April 24, 2009

Montana wheat producer Bing Von Bergen testified Wednesday on behalf of NAWG at a House Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management hearing on the federal crop insurance program.

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Hill, Administration Talk Movement on Pending FTAs

April 24, 2009

U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk said this week that Obama Administration officials are working to resolve issues standing in the way of finalizing long-pending free trade agreements with Panama and Colombia.

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Congress to Return to Budget, Priority Legislation

April 17, 2009

Finalizing a budget resolution and weighing climate change priorities will dominate Congressional action when Members return next week from a two-week spring recess.

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Word on Wheat: 90 Miles Away But Out of Reach for Growers

April 17, 2009

Cuba, an island nation 90 miles from U.S. soil with a population of more than 11 million, is the largest importer of wheat and wheat products in the Caribbean. U.S. wheat growers are abundant producers of many types of wheat, and we export half the wheat we grow in a typical year. Yet, we have a less than 50 percent market share in Cuba, versus a more than 75 percent market share in other Caribbean areas, due to restrictions on travel between the countries and overly burdensome financing rules that won’t allow payments to go directly from Cuba to American banks.

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EPA Takes Step Toward Regulating Greenhouse Gases

April 17, 2009

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a proposed finding Friday saying six greenhouse gases contribute to air pollution that may endanger public health or welfare, which is the first step toward their regulation.

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White House Makes Some Changes to Cuba Restrictions

April 17, 2009

The Obama Administration announced Monday that it will lighten some family travel, remittance and communications restrictions against Cuba.

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USDA Announces ACRE Sign-Up Will Begin April 27

April 10, 2009

USDA announced Thursday that ACRE program enrollment will begin April 27.

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NAWG Submits House Ag Climate Change Questionnaire

April 10, 2009

NAWG submitted its responses this week to a House Agriculture Committee questionnaire on climate change, emphasizing Association policy supporting a cap-and-trade program that allows unlimited agriculture sequestration.

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Editorial Highlights Need for Research Investment, Biotech

April 10, 2009

A new editorial penned by noted wheat breeder Norman Borlaug and Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) makes a clear and compelling case for increased funding for agricultural research and the use of biotechnology around the world.

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NAWG and Others Ask Court to Rehear Pesticide Decision

April 10, 2009

NAWG and 21 other agricultural organizations asked Thursday that the full Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals rehear a landmark pesticide case, even as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a party to the case, declined to do so.

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Word on Wheat: Not Letting Quack Science Get in the Way

April 3, 2009

My family recently made a trip to the Minneapolis/St. Paul area and took some time to stop at the Science Museum of Minnesota. We’ve made that visit a number of times before, but we keep going back to refresh in our minds some of the things we’ve seen and to see the newest traveling exhibit.

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Committee Ups Authorization for International Ag Research

April 3, 2009

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee unanimously passed a bill this week to increase effort and investment in international agricultural research and development.

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NAWG Submits Comments on Proposed Farm Bill Rules

April 3, 2009

NAWG submitted comments this week addressing a number of concerns with a pending interim final rule on 2008 Farm Bill program payment limits and eligibility requirements.

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Draft Climate Change Bill Released by House Committee

April 3, 2009

House Energy and Commerce Committee leaders released a discussion draft this week of climate change legislation expected to move toward completion before August.

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