EPA Dimisses Petition Against Chlorpyrifos

Kelly Marshall

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently dismissed a petition regarding the crop protection tool chlorpyrifos, a decision the National Corn Growers Association and American Farm Bureau Federation have praised. The Obama administration had considered a ban on chlorpyrifos in 2015, but the decision had not been finalized. “We are pleased with the EPA’s decision today to deny a petition against chlorpyrifos …

AFBF, Ag Group, EPA, NCGA

Sugar Farmers Address Farm Bill Policy

Kelly Marshall

Galen Lee, President of the American Sugarbeet Growers Association, addressed the audience at Agri-Pulse’s Farm Bill Summit last week. The sugar industry is currently dealing with lower sugar prices than when Jimmy Carter was in office, so the importance of a strong safety net can’t be understated. “While we are smaller than other crops we still support 142,000 jobs in …

Ag Day, Ag Group, Audio, Farm Bill, Sugarbeets

Ag Groups Testify at House Hearing

Kelly Marshall

National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) President Wesley Spurlock, and American Soybean Association (ASA) President Ron Moore both addressed the House Agriculture Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management earlier this week. Both testimonies spoke about the need for a strong risk management plan in a weak farm economy, noting the current prices of both corn and soybeans. “Farm prices …

Ag Group, ASA, Crop Insurance, Farm Bill, Government, NCGA

ASA Supports NBB Petition

Kelly Marshall

The American Soybean Association (ASA) supports the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) in the filing of an anti-dumping and countervailing duty petition. The petition alleges Argentine and Indonesian companies are selling dumped biodiesel and subsidized biodiesel in violation of U.S. trade laws. ASA President Ron Moore made this statement in support of the petition: “Biodiesel imports from Argentina and Indonesia have flooded the U.S. …

Ag Group, ASA, trade

Chairman Roberts Highlights Need for Conservation

Kelly Marshall

U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, (R-Kan), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, spoke with members of the National Association of Conservation Districts, highlighting the importance of voluntary conservation programs in the upcoming farm bill. “The conservation districts are the perfect example where we see coordination in government working at its best – bringing together federal, state, local …

Ag Group, Conservation, Government

Conservation District Officials Take on Capitol Hill

Kelly Marshall

The National Association of Conservation Districts took on Capitol Hill just days after President Trump’s disappoint budget proposal. Members of the group addressed conservation programs in the farm bill, funding of conservation program, technical assistance for conservation efforts, as well as voluntary conservation as they made their visits. “Today our members will hit the halls of Congress to meet with …

Ag Group, Conservation, Government

Agri-Pulse #FarmBillSummit Hears From Duvall

Kelly Marshall

President of the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) Zippy Duvall addressed the participants of the Agri-Pulse Farm Bill Summit earlier this week. Using his best southern charm, Duvall addressed the issue of the upcoming farm bill, pointing out the different circumstances farmers and ranchers are in as the last bill was being written and the economic climate now. “The biggest problem with …

AFBF, Ag Day, Ag Group, Audio

ASA DuPont Young Leaders Complete Training

Kelly Marshall

American Soybean Association (ASA) DuPont Young Leaders have finished their training, focusing on leadership, marketing, issues and discussions. Training took place in conjunction with the Commodity Classic Convention and Trade Show in San Antonio, Texas. “For more than 30 years, the ASA DuPont Young Leader program has identified new and emerging leaders for the soybean industry. The program provides training …

Ag Group, ASA, Dupont Crop Protection, Dupont Pioneer

Agri-Pulse Farm Bill Summit

Cindy Zimmerman

Setting up official National Ag Day Activities Tuesday in Washington, DC, Agri-Pulse is holding a Farm Bill Summit today, part of their on-going Farm Bill Series. Over 400 industry representatives, congressional staff members, and invited guests are gathering for the day long event that features farm bill veterans and policy experts discussing the road that lies ahead for the 2018 …

Ag Group, Audio, Farm Bill, Policy

Wilkins Testifies to House Ag on Research Funding

Kelly Marshall

Richard Wilkins, soybean farmer from Greenwood, Delaware, Chairman of the American Soybean Association (ASA) and vice president of the National Coalition for Food and Agriculture Research (NCFAR) testified before the House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture and Research on the role of public-sector research in providing innovations for the ag community. His testimony urged members of Congress to support …

Ag Group, ASA, Farm Bill, Research