Archive for February 2010

Supreme Court Declines to Review Sixth Circuit Pesticide Case

February 26, 2010

The Supreme Court declined this week to review a case that concluded pesticide discharge is a point source of pollution subject to additional regulation and permitting under the Clean Water Act, effectively letting the ruling stand and ending judicial appeals in the case.

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Peterson and Moran Offer Bill to Ease Cuba Trade Constraints

February 26, 2010

House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson (D-Minn.), Rep. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and 32 additional original co-sponsors introduced a bill this week to ease trade and trade restrictions with Cuba.

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NAWG Comments on Spray-Drift, Urges Growers to Sign Petition

February 26, 2010

NAWG submitted comments this week on a cluster of guidance documents issued by the Environmental Protection Agency related to spray-drift.

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Ag Chairman Peterson Plans for Reconciliation

February 19, 2010

The federal government’s historic and growing debt load was the hot topic in Washington, D.C. this week, with President Barack Obama issuing an executive order to establish a commission to examine the problem after Congress failed to create a commission of its own.

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Daschle Op-Ed, Pioneer Partnership Focus on Productivity

February 19, 2010

The importance of focusing on productivity was highlighted this week in an op-ed by former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle and an announcement from Pioneer Hi-Bred that it would partner with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and others to bring enhanced technology to African corn crops.

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Ag Groups Ask Vilsack to Release More GSM-102 Funds

February 19, 2010

NAWG, U.S. Wheat Associates and 17 other agriculture organizations wrote Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack this week urging additional GSM-102 export credit allocations be made available to foreign buyers by USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS).

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NAWG Foundation to Sponsor Sessions on Climate, Fertilizer

February 12, 2010

Two learning center sessions at the upcoming Commodity Classic will be sponsored by the NAWG Foundation, furthering its educational mission and enhancing the presence of wheat and wheat growers at the annual event.

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Cuba Trade, Rail Hearings Postponed Due to Snowstorm

February 12, 2010

Historic snow in Washington, D.C. this week led to the virtual shut-down of Capitol Hill and postponement of three hearings of interest to wheat growers.

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Jobs Bill Debate Continues Despite Crippling D.C. Snow

February 12, 2010

Despite historic snowfall and blizzard conditions that shut down most of Washington, D.C., debate continued this week about what Congress should do to deal with continued high unemployment.

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Obama Budget Often Familiar, Mixed Bag in Time of Deep Deficits

February 5, 2010

Obama Administration budget proposals released on Monday contained familiar ideas on cutting the farm safety net and a few positive surprises in the areas of research and trade, particularly in light of the federal government’s deteriorating fiscal situation.

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RFS-2 and BCAP Rules Published As Part of Bioenergy Push

February 5, 2010

Obama Administration officials announced Wednesday a series of steps to promote growth of the renewable energy sector, including finalizing a rule to cover an expanded renewable fuels standard known as RFS-2 and proposing a rule governing the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP).

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Groups Look for Cuba Bill Cosponsors; Hearing Next Week

February 5, 2010

NAWG and almost 30 other groups recently wrote Members of Congress, urging them to cosponsor a bill House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) and Rep. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) will introduce to ease trade and travel restrictions with Cuba.

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