Archive for December 2009

Congress Pushes to the Finish, Pushes Off Some Key Issues

December 18, 2009

Congress rushed to get home this week, ultimately leaving a number of major issues undone and tough choices for the new legislative session next year.

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Senate Committee Approves Historic Rail Reform Bill

December 18, 2009

The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation approved Thursday by a voice vote a bill to reauthorize the Surface Transportation Board (STB) and make a number of needed reforms that will improve competitive conditions and transparency in the rail industry and provide improved mechanisms for challenging rates.

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Vilsack Admits Climate Model Predicts Too Many Trees

December 18, 2009

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack made news in Copenhagen, Denmark, and Washington, D.C., this week when he seemed to acknowledge flaws in his Department’s analysis of climate change legislation’s effects.

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Word on Wheat: Planting Seeds For Wheat Industry Growth

December 18, 2009

Nobody knows better than wheat farmers the process of planting, watering (or praying for rain), fertilizing, weeding and anticipating the coming harvest. While each step is necessary, there is a period of waiting between each one.

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Policy Priorities in 2010

December 18, 2009

NAWG’s Director of Government Affairs for Environmental Policy Mark Gaede and Director of Government Affairs for Farm Policy Cori Wittman talk policy issues we are likely to see in 2010.

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NAWG Applauds Committee Approval of Rail Bill

December 17, 2009

NAWG grower-leadership applauds Thursday morning’s approval of the Surface Transportation Board Reauthorization Act of 2009 by the Senate’s Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation.

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EPA Finalizes Endangerment Finding on Greenhouse Gases

December 11, 2009

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson announced Monday that her Agency has finalized an endangerment finding against six greenhouse gases (GHGs), empowering it to regulate emissions of those gases under a 2007 Supreme Court ruling.

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House Agriculture Examines Chesapeake Bay Proposals

December 11, 2009

The House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Conservation, Credit, Energy and Research held a hearing Wednesday to look at proposals that would put into place dramatic new regulations in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

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Lawmakers and Industry: Trade Pacts Are Job Creators

December 11, 2009

Many industry representatives and Members of Congress continue to speak out about the job-creation power of trade as the end of the year nears without consideration of pending free trade agreements on the horizon.

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100th Episode Milestone Nears for America’s Heartland

December 4, 2009

The 100th episode of America’s Heartland, the public TV show about American agriculture, will begin showing on PBS stations throughout the country the week of Christmas.

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House Approves Bill Extending 2009 Estate Tax Provisions

December 4, 2009

The House of Representatives voted 225 to 200 on Thursday to extend 2009 estate tax law into 2010 and beyond.

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House Ag Looks at Costs, Benefits of Climate Change Bill

December 4, 2009

The House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Conservation, Credit, Energy and Research held two hearings this week to look at the costs and benefits agriculture can expect from climate change legislation and a cap-and-trade program like that included in a House-passed version.

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