Archive for July 2012

NAWG Opposes Extension Without Path to Five-Year Farm Bill

July 31, 2012

A statement from National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) President Erik Younggren, who farms wheat, sugar beets and soybeans near Hallock, Minn.

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One-Year Farm Bill Extension Possible on House Floor

July 26, 2012

As the agronomic and political impacts of the nation’s growing drought came into clearer focus this week, House Republican leaders shifted course toward possible consideration of a one-year extension of current farm programs.

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SPCC Clarity Bill Approved By House Transportation Committee

July 26, 2012

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee approved a bill Thursday to clarify requirements facing farmers under the Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure, or SPCC, rule.

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New Ag Research Group Supports Competitive Grants

July 26, 2012

A new coalition of high-profile individuals and science organizations seeking to raise awareness of the needs for investment in agricultural research launched this week.

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Congress Working on Permanent Normal Trade with Russia

July 26, 2012

Congress is working to grant permanent normal trade relations (PNTR) status to Russia and Moldova before leaving for August recess.

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Still No Decision From House Leaders on Farm Bill Floor Time

July 19, 2012

With just two weeks until the Congressional August recess begins, it remains unclear if the 2012 Farm Bill will come to the House floor this summer.

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Despite ROI, Attacks Continue on Market Development Programs

July 19, 2012

The Market Access Program (MAP) came under attack again this week in the Senate, with Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) attempting to eliminate funding for the export market development program at a Senate Finance Committee meeting.

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WASDE Analysis: Wheat Supplies Should Beat the Drought

July 19, 2012

Despite the worst drought since 1956, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) predicts that U.S. wheat farmers will produce a larger crop than last year and will stand ready once again to supply high quality wheat to the world.

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Focus on Floor Time After House Ag Approves Farm Bill Draft

July 12, 2012

The farm bill ball is in House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) court following House Agriculture Committee approval of its version of new farm and food policy legislation early Thursday morning.

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Grain Groups Call for Report Timing Change, Trading Pause

July 12, 2012

Key USDA statistical reports should be released “at a time of day when volume is heaviest and liquidity is deepest” and should be accompanied by both a one-page summary of relevant details and a one-hour pause in trading on major exchanges, NAWG and other grain groups told the Department in comments this week.

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New Report Takes Deep Dive Into Ag’s Sustainability Gains

July 12, 2012

A new report demonstrates how six commodity crops including wheat are being produced more efficiently in the U.S. than they were 30 years ago, accompanied by important improvements in farm safety and economic sustainability for producers.

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Wheat Growers Applaud House Ag Passage of 2012 Farm Bill

July 12, 2012

A statement from National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) President Erik Younggren, who farms wheat, sugar beets and soybeans near Hallock, Minn., on the House Agriculture Committee’s approval of 2012 Farm Bill language.

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NAWG Letter to House Agriculture Committee Leaders

July 11, 2012

NAWG transmitted a letter Tuesday to leaders of the House Agriculture Committee, outlining priorities for that Committee’s planned mark-up of 2012 Farm Bill language. The letter is available in full here.

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NAWG Newsletter – Quick Edition: Week of July 5, 2012

July 5, 2012

Congress was out of session this week for the July 4 holiday. Ag news in Washington and around the country didn’t stop, though! Here’s a quick update on key happenings.

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