Archive for June 2011

Wheat Farmers Urge Quick Passage of Pending FTAs

June 29, 2011

A statement from Wayne Hurst, president of the National Association of Wheat Growers and a wheat farmer from near Burley, Idaho, and Don Schieber, chairman of U.S. Wheat Associates and a wheat farmer from near Ponca City, Okla.

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Pesticide Permit Bill Approved by Senate Ag Committee

June 24, 2011

The Senate Agriculture Committee voted Tuesday to advance a bill that would overturn duplicative and onerous new permitting requirements for pesticide applications.

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NAWG President Testifies to STB on Rail Competition Concerns

June 24, 2011

A strong and proactive Surface Transportation Board (STB) is necessary to help agricultural shippers and others who are captive to one railroad line receive fair rates and good service, NAWG President Wayne Hurst told that Board’s Members at a hearing Wednesday in Washington, D.C.

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Talk Of Productivity, Regulation Reform at Biotech Hearing

June 24, 2011

Agricultural applications of biotechnology can help feed the world and preserve resources, but the regulatory process the technologies must go through is problematic, witnesses said Thursday at a meeting of the House Agriculture Committee’s subcommittee with jurisdiction over the technology.

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Grower Testifies on Making Farm Programs More Efficient

June 23, 2011

Producers’ experiences with USDA’s local offices working to deliver farm and conservation programs can be dramatically improved by streamlining programs and using more Internet and cell phone communication, Washington state wheat farmer Brett Blankenship testified to the Senate Agriculture Committee on Thursday.

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NAWG President Testifies to STB on Rail Concerns

June 22, 2011

A strong and proactive Surface Transportation Board (STB) is necessary to help agricultural shippers and others who are captive to one railroad line receive fair rates and good service, NAWG President Wayne Hurst told that Board’s Members at a hearing on Wednesday.

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Bill on Duplicative Pesticide Permits Approved by Senate Ag

June 21, 2011

The National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) applauds the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee’s approval Tuesday of H.R. 872, which will remove duplicative and onerous new permitting requirements for pesticide applications.

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House Passes FY2012 Spending Bill With Cuts, Harmful Changes

June 17, 2011

The House of Representatives passed its agriculture appropriations bill by a largely partisan, 217 to 203 vote Thursday afternoon following a week of intense debate and maneuvering.

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Major Ag Coalition Write U.S. Leaders on Farm Budget Cuts

June 17, 2011

A coalition of 113 agriculture organizations wrote the three highest ranking U.S. officials this week to express strong opposition to disproportionate cuts to agriculture programs in the quest to reduce the country’s debt load.

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USDA and USAID Break Ground on New Lab to Focus on Ug99

June 17, 2011

USDA and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) broke ground this week on a state-of-the-art greenhouse in St. Paul, Minn., that will play a key role in expanding the U.S. capability to address the global threat of Ug99 and other plant rusts.

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Gluten Factoid

June 13, 2011

Only 1 percent or so of the population is gluten intolerant and about 6 percent is gluten sensitive. The other 93 percent can healthfully enjoy a wide variety of wheat foods!

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Commodity Leaders Meet With USDA, EPA Heads on Concerns

June 10, 2011

NAWG President Wayne Hurst, a wheat farmer from Burley, Idaho, traveled to Washington, D.C., this week to participate in a meeting of commodity leaders with Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson.

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Rail Bill Mark-up Postponed, But Advocacy Continues on the Hill

June 10, 2011

A planned mark-up of S. 158, the Surface Transportation Board Reauthorization Act of 2011, was postponed this week due to a large amount of other business on the Senate Commerce Committee’s schedule.

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U.S. Wheat Video Focuses on Importance of Export Development

June 10, 2011

A new video released this week by U.S. Wheat Associates aims to educate policy stakeholders about the vital importance to wheat producers and the U.S. economy of maintaining strong export market development programs.

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Publicly funded varieties

June 8, 2011

More than 75 percent of U.S. wheat acres are grown with seed varieties developed by public research programs.

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Hurst Talks EPA, Rail, Crop Conditions

June 8, 2011

Listen to a short conversation with NAWG President Wayne Hurst, a wheat producer from Burley, Idaho, on a meeting he had June 7 with Ag Secretary Vilsack, EPA Administrator Jackson and other commodity leaders. Hurst also talks about the importance of rail reform to wheat producers and what he’s hearing from the countryside as wheat harvest begins.

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House Appropriations Approves Dramatic Cuts to Ag Spending

June 3, 2011

The House Appropriations Committee approved a bill Tuesday that would deeply cut from the agriculture and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) budgets in FY2012, particularly in the area of agriculture research.

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Commerce Committee to Mark-up Rail Reform Bill on June 8

June 3, 2011

A pending railroad reform bill is set to be considered by the Senate Commerce Committee on Wednesday, June 8, at 10 a.m., though rail shippers have concerns that amendments to it could dilute its impact when enacted.

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MyPlate Replaces Food Pyramid, Has Significant Grain Portion

June 3, 2011

Members of the U.S. “grain chain” applauded on Thursday the introduction of a new healthy eating icon, dubbed MyPlate, which highlights the importance of grains to a well-balanced diet.

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