Archive for June 2012

G20 Leaders Discuss Sustainable Agriculture

June 28, 2012

Heads of state convened last week in Los Cabos, Mexico, for the annual G20 Summit. Amongst the issues the summit considered was sustainable agricultural production. The G20 Agriculture Vice Ministers and Deputies estimated global population will rise to 9.3 billion by 2050.

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Tentative Deal Reached on Highway Transportation Bill

June 28, 2012

Republicans and Democrats in Congress have reached a tentative agreement on a two year deal to finance the nation’s highways. The $8.4 billion dollar bill comes just days before the previous transportation bill expires on Saturday June 30.

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BIO Convention Highlights US and International Experts

June 28, 2012

NAWG Director of Government Affairs for Research and Technology Jane DeMarchi attended the 2012 BIO International Convention. The event drew 16,505 industry leaders from 49 states and 65 countries.

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NAWG Applauds Senate Passage of 2012 Farm Bill

June 21, 2012

After nearly two weeks of commendable effort, the Senate moved for full passage of their version of the 2012 Farm Bill, S.3240 or the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012, by a 64-35 vote.

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Farmer Safety Net Reformed on Senate Floor

June 21, 2012

NAWG worked with grower members, its member state associations and in coalition with other groups to urge favorable positions on many of the amendments discussed by the chamber this week.

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House Ag Appropriations Passes Committee

June 21, 2012

On Wednesday the House Appropriations Committee passed the FY 2013 Agriculture Appropriations bill. This legislation funds many important programs such as food safety, animal and plant health, rural development, farm services and nutrition programs with $19.4 billion in discretionary funding.

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250+ Amendments Filed, Senate Leaders Look for Farm Bill Path

June 14, 2012

Agriculture and Congressional leaders continue to negotiate an agreement that would allow the 2012 Farm Bill draft pending on the Senate floor to gain approval.

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California Voters to Take Up Costly Biotech Labeling Initiative

June 14, 2012

California voters heading to the polls this fall will be asked to determine if some foods made from plants or animals derived with biotechnology should be labeled at a cost of hundreds of dollars per family, per year.

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LA Food Dialogues Events To Focus on Ag and Entertainment

June 14, 2012

The U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance’s second Food Dialogues event – “Lights, Camera, Food: Perceptions and Realities of Farming and Ranching in America” – is set for next Wednesday and Thursday in Los Angeles.

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Senate Begins Floor Debate on 2012 Farm Bill Legislation

June 7, 2012

The full Senate began debate on the 2012 Farm Bill this week, taking another step toward passage and completion of new farm and food policy.

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Ag Groups Support Research Foundation in House Farm Bill

June 7, 2012

Agricultural research organizations and farm groups are urging leaders of the House Agriculture Committee to include language in their version of the 2012 Farm Bill authorizing a USDA-administered ag research foundation to collect private-sector donations to supplement federal appropriations.

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Harvest Note from Kansas: Farmers Helping Farmers

June 7, 2012

Manhattan, Kan. – For Kansas wheat farmers, the annual harvest is “payday.” It is the culmination of a year’s worth of hard work, faith and hand-wringing. And during the hustle-and-bustle of wheat harvest, all the other farm chores take a backseat to bringing the crop in.

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