Archive for July 2010

House Committee Approves Chesapeake Bay Legislation

July 30, 2010

On July 28 the House Agriculture Committee passed legislation, HR 5509 The Chesapeake Bay Program Reauthorization and Improvement Act, introduced by Congressman Tim Holden (D-PA) and Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA).

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Update on Research Appropriations

July 30, 2010

On July 15, the Senate Committee on Appropriations approved an agriculture budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 with an overall decrease of $20 million for agriculture research below the FY2010 level but an increase to $310 million for the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI).

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Wheat Industry Leaders Tour Durum and Spring Wheat Fields

July 30, 2010

North Dakota hosted NAWG CEO Dana Peterson and Mary Waters, President of the North American Miller’s Association, who joined nearly sixty others on the Wheat Quality Council’s 2010 Hard Spring and Durum Wheat Tour this week.

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Chesapeake Bay Bill Markup Scheduled for Next Week

July 23, 2010

A bill establishing flexible, cooperative management of Chesapeake Bay environmental monitoring is scheduled for mark up next Wednesday, June 28th in the House Committee on Agriculture.

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NAWG First VP Gives Grower Perspective at Climate Meeting

July 23, 2010

NAWG First Vice President Wayne Hurst provided the producer perspective to White House, USDA and other government officials this week at an interagency meeting on climate change held in Denver.

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Ag Groups Urge Governors to Speak out on EPA Dust Standards

July 23, 2010

NAWG and agricultural organizations from around the country are asking their governors to mobilize against proposals the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has under consideration that may impose strict standards on rural dust with dire economic consequences.

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DeMarchi Joins NAWG Staff to Work on Research, Biotech

July 23, 2010

Jane DeMarchi joined the NAWG staff this week as director of government affairs for research and technology.

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Hill Activity Focuses on Regulatory Reform, Energy

July 16, 2010

The Obama Administration scored a victory this week on regulatory reform even as conversations continue concerning energy legislation, another key priority, and the appropriations process.

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Lincoln, Kyl Offer Proposal to Reform Estate Tax System

July 16, 2010

Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) and Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) introduced this week a proposal that would permanently reform the estate tax, a vexing issue for farm families trying to plan for the future.

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BASF and Monsanto Expand Joint Venture, Add Wheat to the Mix

July 16, 2010

BASF and Monsanto announced last week they are expanding an existing biotechnology research collaboration, including to work on biotech wheat.

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NAWG Leaders Attend USW Meeting to Talk Trade, Biotech

July 16, 2010

NAWG grower-leaders traveled to Bozeman, Mont., last weekend for U.S. Wheat Associates’ (USW’s) annual summer meeting.

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Canada-Colombia FTA Puts Critical U.S. Wheat Market at Risk

July 9, 2010

NAWG and U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) put a spotlight this week on the loss of market share U.S. producers are facing in Colombia due to a nearly-finalized bilateral free trade agreement between that country and Canada.

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Ag Groups: Korea Action Good, But Colombia Also Essential

July 9, 2010

NAWG, U.S. Wheat Associates and more than 25 other agriculture organizations wrote Members of Congress this week urging them to work with the Obama Administration to pass pending free trade agreements and stem the tide of lost U.S. market share around the world.

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Ag Groups Express Support for Holden-Goodlatte Bay Bill

July 9, 2010

NAWG and a coalition of agriculture organizations wrote Reps. Tim Holden (D-Penn.) and Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) last week to express support for their efforts related to Chesapeake Bay regulation.

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Canada-Colombia FTA Puts Critical U.S. Wheat Market at Risk

July 6, 2010

The Canadian parliament has ratified a bilateral free trade agreement (FTA) with Colombia that will, when implemented, allow Canadian wheat to enter that country duty free. The agreement gives a major wheat-producing competitor an immediate price advantage in a market where U.S. wheat exports had earned a dominant market share.

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Senate Agriculture Committee Holds First 2012 Farm Bill Hearing

July 2, 2010

The Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry held its first 2012 Farm Bill hearing on Wednesday.

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House Ag Appropriations Approves FY2011 Spending Bill

July 2, 2010

The House Appropriations Committee’s subcommittee focusing on agriculture programs approved its FY2011 allocations this week despite there not being a budget resolution to guide the appropriations process in either chamber.

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25x’25 Renewable Energy Summit Focuses on National Security

July 2, 2010

The continued need for the U.S. to lessen its dependence on oil was the focus of the 25x’25 Renewable Energy Summit held this week in Washington, D.C.

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