Archive for May 2009

Word on Wheat: Achieving Sustainability in Agriculture

May 29, 2009

In the year 2050 our planet is projected to have nine billion inhabitants. Feeding that many people is mind boggling. Will food for all those people be consistent and plentiful? Will nine billion humans have diets that promote good health? And, an ever increasing question: will our production practices to produce all of that food be sustainable?

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Rail Cloture Vote Set; NAWG Urges Comprehensive Reform

May 29, 2009

Key leaders of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation wrote their colleagues this week asking for opposition to a cloture vote scheduled for Tuesday on the Railroad Antitrust Enforcement Act of 2009 (S. 146).

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Analysis of Biotech Comments Available at Wheatworld.org

May 29, 2009

New analysis of comments NAWG received as part of a recent biotech petition effort is now online at www.wheatworld.org/issues/biotechnology.

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Study: Heartland Improves Attitudes About Agriculture

May 29, 2009

A new study shows that America’s Heartland, a half-hour public television series about American agriculture and farm families, is significantly improving attitudes about agriculture among non-farm viewers.

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Climate Change Legislation Clears House Committee

May 22, 2009

The House Energy and Commerce Committee approved a climate change bill by a 33-25 vote late Thursday after a week of mark-ups and months of negotiations.

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At Hearing on Panama FTA, Baucus Urges Movement

May 22, 2009

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) urged forward movement on a pending free trade agreement with Panama at a hearing on the subject held this week by his Committee.

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Study Shows Positive Impact of Biotech For Farmers, Earth

May 22, 2009

Farmers around the world utilizing biotechnology are growing more crops in a more environmentally sustainable manner, according to a report issued this week from the United Kingdom-based PG Economics.

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Producers, Public Can Follow Harvest on All Aboard Blog

May 22, 2009

High Plains Journal and DuPont Crop Protection have teamed up with two life-long custom harvesters to share the 2009 harvest experience with producers and the public through the World Wide Web.

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World Wheat Groups Say Biotech in Sync Is the Goal

May 15, 2009

Organizations representing the wheat industry in the United States, Canada and Australia announced Thursday they will work toward the goal of synchronized commercialization of biotech traits in the wheat crop.

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Committee To Start Climate Change Mark-Up on Monday

May 15, 2009

Mark-up of climate change legislation is slated for Monday in the House Energy and Commerce Committee, after weeks of negotiations and vote counting.

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Word on Wheat: Inspired to Take A Broader View

May 15, 2009

Many of us have either grown up in 4-H or have kids that are in it now. After years of reciting the pledge, you have it memorized even if you don’t want to.

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50 Groups Send Letter on Ag Hours-of-Service Exemption

May 15, 2009

Fifty agricultural organizations including NAWG wrote Congressional agriculture and transportation leaders this week expressing support for the agricultural hours-of-service (ag HOS) exemption.

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Wheat Groups Announce Goal of Synchronized Biotech Introduction in U.S., Canada and Australia

May 14, 2009

Organizations representing the wheat industry in the United States, Canada and Australia announced Thursday they will work toward the goal of synchronized commercialization of biotech traits in the wheat crop.

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Ag Coalition Again Reasserts Priorities on SPCC Rules

May 8, 2009

NAWG and 14 other groups provided yet another set of comments on the Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure rule late last week, emphasizing a number of areas in need of more investigation before compliance is mandatory for farm operations.

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Ad Hoc Food Aid Group Reiterates Policy Priorities

May 8, 2009

NAWG and U.S. Wheat Associates recently joined two dozen other groups in writing to the House appropriators to reiterate P.L. 480 food aid priorities.

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Obama Agriculture Budget Proposals More of Same

May 8, 2009

The Obama Administration released long-awaited budget details Thursday reflecting little change to agriculture proposals despite significant criticism from industry and Members of Congress.

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Congress Finishes Budget, Moves on to Appropriations

May 1, 2009

Congress finished work on a $3.56 trillion FY2010 budget resolution this week, with the Senate passing the conference report 53-43 and the House passing it 233-193.

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As Talks Continue, Climate Change Mark-up Delayed

May 1, 2009

Leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committee delayed mark-up of draft climate change legislation this week as Members and their staffs continue to work on compromises that would allow the contentious issue to move forward.

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Senate EPW To Consider Bill Redefining Water Regulation

May 1, 2009

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) is set to mark-up a bill May 14 that could expand the authority of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulation under the Clean Water Act.

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Word on Wheat: Climate Change Policy We Need

May 1, 2009

Odds are good that a bill addressing climate change and mandating the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions will become the law of the land when legislators on Capitol Hill get down to business and send the President a bill.

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