Archive for June 2009

Climate Change Bill Clears House After Ag Deal Struck

June 26, 2009

The House of Representatives approved controversial climate change legislation, known formally as the American Clean Energy Security Act (ACES), late Friday by a 219 to 212 vote.

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Younggren to House Ag: Producers Need SURE Rules

June 26, 2009

NAWG Secretary-Treasurer Erik Younggren traveled to Washington this week to testify on farm bill implementation before the House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management.

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Word on Wheat: We Can’t Afford to Wait on Biotech

June 26, 2009

I need all the tools at my disposal if I’m going to compete – locally, nationally and globally – in the agriculture industry. That’s why I believe that giving the tool of biotechnology to the wheat industry is so important.

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DTN In-Depth Webinar on ACRE Set for Next Wednesday

June 26, 2009

There’s still time to sign-up for DTN’s in-depth ACRE Webinar, scheduled for July 1 at 9 a.m. Eastern.

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NAWG Supports Passage of Amended Climate Change Bill

June 25, 2009

A statement from Karl Scronce, NAWG president and a wheat producer from Klamath Falls, Ore., on climate change policy.

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Amended Clean Water Bill Approved by Senate Committee

June 19, 2009

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee approved the Clean Water Restoration Act, S. 787, on a party-line vote Thursday after accepting an amendment meant to make the bill less onerous on the agriculture industry.

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Overreaching Food Safety Bill Approved by House Committee

June 19, 2009

A food safety bill that would require unprecedented on-farm regulation by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) moved forward in the House this week.

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Potential Impact of Ug99 Highlighted in LA Times Piece

June 19, 2009

The Los Angeles Times ran an in-depth feature on the potential impact of Ug99 last Sunday, attracting attention from bloggers and Twitter users typically uninterested in agricultural pathogens.

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Work Continues in the House on Climate Change Deal

June 19, 2009

Discussions continue between leaders of the House Agriculture Committee and the House Energy and Commerce Committee about how or what kind of agriculture piece will be included in pending climate change legislation.

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House Ag Hearing on Climate Change Bill Clarifies Little

June 12, 2009

The House Agriculture Committee held a marathon session Thursday to examine the pending Waxman-Markey climate change bill, though it did little to clarify how agriculture would be worked into the final legislation or what role USDA expects to play in any cap-and-trade program.

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Sixth Circuit Court Issues Stay in Pesticide Application Case

June 12, 2009

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals this week ordered a two-year stay of a January decision that will almost certainly mean producers will have to obtain National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits for all applications of pesticides. The ruling from the Court in National Cotton Council of America v U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was […]

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Ag Groups Work to Address Concerns with Food Safety Bill

June 12, 2009

A food safety bill with enormous reach is working its way through the House, raising major concerns about new Food and Drug Administration regulation of farm operations and throughout the processing chain.

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Word on Wheat: Building Upon Our Existing Foundation

June 12, 2009

An area at NAWG that we have identified as in need of attention is the NAWG Foundation. Many folks in the wheat industry probably aren’t aware that there is a NAWG Foundation, or know it only as the organization that owns the Wheat Growers Building in Washington, D.C., where NAWG’s offices are located.

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Subcommittee Approves $22.9 Billion in Ag, FDA Funding

June 12, 2009

The House Appropriations Committee’s agriculture subcommittee approved a $22.9 billion FY2010 appropriations bill this week to fund USDA, the Food and Drug Administration and the Commodities Futures Trading Commission.

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DTN, Associations Offer In-Depth Webinar on ACRE

June 12, 2009

DTN has scheduled a Webinar targeted at wheat, corn and soybean producers still considering how their operations would fare under the new Average Crop Revenue Election, or ACRE, program.

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House Agriculture to Examine Climate Change Legislation

June 5, 2009

The House Agriculture Committee announced late in the day Friday that it will consider climate change legislation at a hearing on June 11.

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Hearing Examines Local and Regional Food Aid Purchases

June 5, 2009

The House Committee on Foreign Affairs’ Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health held a hearing this week focusing on the merits of local and regional procurement (LRP) versus traditional in-kind food aid.

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Senators Agree to Work on Comprehensive Rail Bill

June 5, 2009

An expected cloture vote on a railroad antitrust bill was cancelled early this week after its sponsor, Sen. Herb Kohl (D-Wis.), and Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) agreed to work together on a comprehensive rail reform bill.

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Ag Groups Release Statement on Comprehensive Rail Legislative Efforts

June 1, 2009

NAWG and 16 other agricultural organizations released a statement Monday supporting efforts to achieve a comprehensive rail reform bill in the 111th Congress. The full statement is below.

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