Archive for August 2009

Coalition Needs Feedback on Sustainability Calculator

August 28, 2009

NAWG and the Field to Market coalition are seeking grower feedback on a new online calculator meant to help producers assess how some of their operational decisions affect natural resource management and sustainability.

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Groups Support Easing of Barriers to Russian Fertilizer

August 28, 2009

NAWG joined on a letter with the Agricultural Retailers Association and others this week telling the Department of Commerce that reasonably-priced solid ammonium nitrate from Russia is necessary to meet current U.S. demand.

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NAWG Asks USDA for More on Climate Bill’s Impact

August 28, 2009

NAWG President Karl Scronce wrote Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack late last week requesting USDA to provide further analysis of the effects of pending climate change legislation, including a comparison of studies that have been published by other sources.

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Senators Write RMA on Crop Insurance SRA Process

August 21, 2009

Ten Senators wrote the head of the Risk Management Agency (RMA) this week, urging cooperation as the Agency seeks to renegotiate the contract between the government and private companies that administer the federal crop insurance program.

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Word on Wheat: Building Partnerships Key for NAWG

August 21, 2009

My fellow officers and I spent the early part of this week meeting in Raleigh, N.C., with representatives from companies that serve on the NAWG Foundation’s Development Committee.

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CFTC Tightens Application of Speculative Position Limits

August 21, 2009

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) withdrew two “no action” letters this week on speculative position limits, meaning two specific commodity pool operators who were exempted from position limits must now come into compliance with them.

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Agricultural Appropriations Bill Passes Senate By 80-17 Vote

August 7, 2009

The Senate this week passed the agricultural appropriations bill by a vote of 80-17, setting the stage for a conference with the House of Representatives once Congress returns from its August recess.

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NAWG, Others Join The Hand That Feeds U.S. Coalition

August 7, 2009

The Hand That Feeds U.S. coalition announced this week that NAWG and five other organizations have joined its ranks, and that growers can now sign up online to receive updates about the campaign’s progress.

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Word on Wheat: Need for Ag Voices Shown in Trip Home

August 7, 2009

Every summer my family takes a few weeks to travel to our home state of Oregon for an extended visit. It’s a fun time of visiting cousins and parents, wading in the frigid sea waters off the north Pacific Coast, visiting the old haunts and unplugging for a few days from the rat race inside the Capital Beltway.

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