Archive for May 2010

Ag Groups Urge USDA and EPA to Improve Climate Bill Modeling

May 28, 2010

NAWG and seven other agricultural groups wrote Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack on Wednesday, asking them to ensure that their departments’ future analysis of proposals to limit greenhouse gas emissions accurately reflects the provisions of bills Congress is considering.

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Ag Groups Write in Support of Supplemental Food Aid Funding

May 28, 2010

NAWG and 15 other agricultural organizations voiced support this week for including more than half a billion dollars in emergency food aid spending in a supplemental bill being processed by Congress.

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USDA Study: MAP and FMD Boost Exports $6 Billion Annually

May 28, 2010

The results of an independent study released last week confirm that USDA’s overall market development partnership with industry has added billions of dollars in returns to U.S. farmers and ranchers.

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All Aboard Wheat Harvest Bloggers Back on the Road

May 28, 2010

The All Aboard Wheat Harvest blog is once again bringing the thrills and defeats of the busiest farm season online.

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Senate Passes Regulatory Reform Bill After Intense Debate

May 21, 2010

The Senate on Thursday passed legislation reforming the financial regulatory system after significant, heated debate about how much change is needed to avoid systemic problems the country has experienced in the past two years. The bill now heads to conference between the House and Senate, where leaders hope to wrap up discussions “in short order.”

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House Ag Wraps Up Farm Bill Field Hearings Before Elections

May 21, 2010

Members of the House Agriculture Committee continued their travels around the country this last week to wrap up what are expected to be the final farm bill field hearings until after the mid-term elections in November.

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NAWG Seeks Candidates for New Research and Tech Position

May 21, 2010

NAWG is seeking candidates for a new director of research and technology programs in its Washington, D.C. office.

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New Clean Energy Bill / Climate Legislation Released

May 14, 2010

This week Senators John Kerry (D-MA) and Joe Lieberman (I-CT) released a discussion draft of their “American Power Act” legislation, proposing a cap-and-trade system for reducing U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. The 987 page bill aims to reduce emissions 17 percent by 2020 and 80 percent by 2050.

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Diverse Voices Add to Early 2012 Farm Bill Discussions

May 14, 2010

The House Committee on Agriculture continued discussions related to the future of U.S. agriculture policy this week by hearing from a variety of agriculture economists and academics. The Committee heard from two panels of witnesses at a hearing on Capitol Hill Thursday, discussing a variety of topics including possible commodity program reforms, beginning farmer programs, trade considerations and health and obesity issues, to name only a few.

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Ag Groups Weigh in on Regulatory Reform Package

May 14, 2010

The Senate continued its work on a financial regulatory overhaul package this week, with work likely to continue through to the end of next week as a number of amendments remain pending. A number of primary races will take place on May 18, including that of Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Blanche Lincoln, which will likely prevent any additional major votes on the legislation prior to May 19.

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Producers of Wheat, Corn, Pork, Beef Team Up to Push for FTAs

May 7, 2010

Pending free trade agreements that are the key to maintaining producers’ market opportunities in Colombia, Panama and South Korea were the top priority at a number of press events held in Washington on Monday.

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Wheat Producers’ Voices Heard at Farm Bill Field Hearings

May 7, 2010

Two wheat producers from NAWG-affiliated state associations were among those testifying before the House Agriculture Committee this week at the first round of field hearings of the 2012 Farm Bill debate.

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Wheat Leaders Attend the BIO International Conference

May 7, 2010

Expanded technology investments in wheat were the focus of the “Wheat Don’t Pass Me By – Opportunities for Biotech Solutions for Wheat” at the 2010 BIO International Convention this week in Chicago, IL. Wheat farmer Mark Darrington joined a miller, baker and researcher on the panel discussion.

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Study Summary Shows Importance of Ag Involvement in Climate Debate

May 6, 2010

The executive summary of a study commissioned by the National Association of Wheat Growers to examine the implications of various climate change or clean energy proposals is now available online at www.wheatworld.org/climatechange.

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Rail Day 2010 Activities to Focus on STB Reform Legislation

May 4, 2010

Agricultural producers concerned about rail rates and service but unable to travel to Washington, D.C., this spring can access all the information they need to voice their opinions from their homes or farms at www.wheatworld.org/railday2010.

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Pending FTAs Vital to Wheat Industry, Wheat Producers

May 3, 2010

Wheat growers and other agricultural producers are in Washington this week to again emphasize to Administration and Hill leaders how vital it is to finalize pending free trade agreements with Colombia, Panama and South Korea.

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