Archive for February 2011

Congress on Recess, But Budget Discussions Continue in D.C.

February 25, 2011

Members of both the House and Senate were in their districts this week for a Presidents Day recess, but intense budget discussions continued in Washington with just a week to go before the law funding the federal government expires.

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Growers Head to Tampa for Action-Packed 2011 Classic

February 25, 2011

Wheat growers from around the country are packing their bags for sunny Tampa, Fla., the site of the 2011 Commodity Classic.

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NAWG, USW Outline Trade Priorities for House Committee

February 25, 2011

NAWG and U.S. Wheat Associates emphasized the importance of trade to the domestic wheat industry and the urgent need for pending free trade agreements to be finalized in a submission sent this week for a House Ways and Means Committee hearing record.

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Debate Over $100 Billion in Cuts Hits Floor of the House

February 18, 2011

NAWG and other agricultural groups acted quickly this week to counter a budget proposal that would cut 22 percent of discretionary agriculture funding for the remainder of the 2011 fiscal year and a series of amendments that could seriously impact priority programs.

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Members Support Legislative Fix at Hearing on NPDES Permits

February 18, 2011

Members expressed serious concern about the cost and liability associated with new and duplicative pesticide permitting requirements at a hearing held this week to examine the issue.

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USDA: 2010 Ag Export Sales of $115.8 Billion Sets New Record

February 18, 2011

USDA reported last week that U.S. farm exports reached an all-time high in 2010, showing again that agriculture is one bright spot in an otherwise middling economy.

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Though Cuts Expected, Congress Recognizes Need for Research

February 11, 2011

Agriculture research is an important priority for federal government spending, but there are likely no programs that will emerge unscathed from anticipated budget cuts.

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Budget Rancor Starts; Obama FY2012 Proposal Due Monday

February 11, 2011

House Republicans are expected to soon release a budget proposal that cuts $100 billion from federal government spending for the remainder of the 2011 fiscal year, which runs until Sept. 30.

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House Ag to Examine Legislative Proposal on NPDES Issue

February 11, 2011

Subcommittees of the House Agriculture Committee and the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee are scheduled to meet Wednesday to review legislation that tackles new and duplicative pesticide application permitting requirements set to go into effect on April 9.

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Wheat Industry to Congress: Don’t Cut Research Funding

February 9, 2011

More than 40 wheat growers, researchers, millers and bakers are in Washington Tuesday and Wednesday to urge Members of Congress and the Obama Administration to protect federal investments in wheat research that return $10 to the nation’s economy for every dollar spent.

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Amendment to Ease 1099 Burden Moves Forward in Senate

February 4, 2011

The Senate overwhelmingly approved on Wednesday an amendment that would repeal new and onerous 1099 reporting requirements.

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USDA Announces Partial Deregulation of GM Sugar Beets

February 4, 2011

USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) said late Friday it is partially deregulating Roundup Ready sugar beets until a larger evaluation of the environmental impact of the crop, known as an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), can be completed.

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Growers, Breeders Headed to D.C. to Talk Research Funding

February 4, 2011

More than 40 wheat researchers, growers and users are heading to Washington, D.C., early next week to educate Members of Congress and the Obama Administration about the importance of publicly-funded wheat research.

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Rail Reform Bills Introduced in the Senate for 112th Congress

February 4, 2011

Long-time rail reform supporters in the Senate recently reintroduced two bills to reform regulation of America’s railroad industry.

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