Archive for September 2011

NAWG Newsletter – Quick Edition: Week of Sept. 29, 2011

September 29, 2011

Both chambers of Congress were out of session this week, so we are providing this short update in lieu of regular news stories. Regular news will return with Congress next week.

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Senate Trade Votes Clear the Path for FTA Action in October

September 22, 2011

The Senate on Thursday approved a bill 70 to 27 that should clear the way for the Obama Administration to send legislative language for three long-pending free trade agreements to Congress for approval.

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Obama Proposal Calls For $33 Billion Cut To Farm Programs

September 22, 2011

President Barack Obama’s plan for deficit reduction would cut $33 billion from farm programs, taking a highly disproportionate amount of federal spending reductions from one of its smallest line items and perhaps stymieing Congress’ efforts to write a workable 2012 Farm Bill.

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Congress Still Working on Short Term Continuing Resolution

September 22, 2011

Thursday came and went on Capitol Hill with no agreement on a short-term continuing resolution to fund the federal government after the 2011 fiscal year ends Sept. 30.

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Obama and Boehner Look to Expand Super Committee’s Task

September 15, 2011

President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) both added this week to the super committee’s already-considerable to-do list, while the director of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) said the panel must decide on any substantial changes by early November to meet its deadlines.

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Bipartisan Bill Would Establish Charitable Ag Research Groups

September 15, 2011

Bipartisan bills introduced in the House and Senate on Thursday would establish the legal structure for tax-exempt organizations focusing on agricultural research.

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USFRA’s “The Food Dialogues” Town Hall Set for Thursday

September 15, 2011

The U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) will hold its first public outreach event – The Food Dialogues – on Sept. 22 online and in four locations around the country.

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Gaede Talks Budget, Super Committee

September 9, 2011

Listen to NAWG Director of Government Affairs for Environmental Policy Mark Gaede’s conversation with farm broadcaster Brian Allmer of the BARN about the debt-deficit super committee and what that means for the federal budget. Special thanks to Brian for use of the audio!

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Congress Ramps Up FY2012 Approps As End of FY2011 Nears

September 8, 2011

The Senate Appropriations Committee’s FY2012 agriculture bill was one of a series of measures taken up this week by policy makers looking toward the end of the government’s fiscal year on Sept. 30.

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Debt-Deficit Super Committee Holds First Business Meeting

September 8, 2011

The so-called “super committee” charged with finding at least $1.5 trillion to cut from the federal budget held its first meeting Thursday.

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Small Steps Seen on FTAs as Pressure, Frustration Mounts

September 8, 2011

With Congress back from the fall recess, a looming question is becoming louder: when will three long-pending free trade agreements see action?

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Penner Talks 25x’25, Drought, Debt Politics

September 8, 2011

Listen to NAWG Secretary-Treasurer Paul Penner, a wheat producer from Kansas, discuss a meeting he attended Sept. 6-7, 2011, on the 25x’25 coalition; the drought in his area; and the political climate in D.C.

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Growth Stages of Wheat

September 6, 2011

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NAWG Newsletter – Quick Edition: Week of Sept. 2, 2011

September 2, 2011

Both chambers of Congress are out of session for the summer break, during which NAWG is providing only short news updates. Regular news stories will return next Thursday, Sept. 8.

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