House Passes Water Resources & Development Act

Kelly Marshall

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Water Resources and Development Act of 2016 (WRDA 2016) by a vote of 399-25. The two year, reauthorization bill provides infrastructure programs and the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund; programs that allow American farmers to remain commutative in a global market.  The bill will clear the backlog of projects for the Army Corps of …

Ag Group, Government

Congress Ratifies Plant Genetics Treaty

Cindy Zimmerman

Congress this week finally passing a broadly-supported international treaty to strengthen American agriculture and enhance global food security, an action endorsed by the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA). First signed by President George W. Bush, and pending for nearly 15 years, the now ratified International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (“The Treaty”) will ensure U.S. public …

ASTA, Government, International, seed

Candidates Offer Views on Ag Issues

Kelly Marshall

While the candidates may weigh in during tonight’s debate on issues such as immigration and trade, which are important to agriculture, it’s not likely they will address topics such as the farm bill and biotechnology. So, the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) went to both nominees and asked them the same questions on a number of issues that concern farmers …

AFBF, Ag Group, Government

New Report: Global Progress on Food Loss, Waste

Lizzy Schultz

A newly released report has assessed the world’s progress toward Target 12.3 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which has called on all nations to halve food waste and reduce food loss by 2030. The report recommends nations, cities and businesses in the food supply chain move quickly to set reduction targets, measure progress and take action to …

Ag Group, EPA, Food, Government, Research, sustainability

Senators Release Statement on Clean Water Act

Kelly Marshall

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, has released a report that outlines the gross overreach of the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers in enforcing the Clean Water Act.  The report describes how these groups have expanded the interpretation of their authority to regulate ‘waters of the U.S.’ “The case studies presented …

EPA, Government, Regulation

U.S. to Take Action on Chinese Trade Distorting

Kelly Marshall

The Obama Administration announced last week they plan to launch a trade enforcement action against China at the World Trade Organization (WTO) to challenge trade-distorting domestic supports.  The Administration plans to challenge three key crops: corn, wheat and rice.  In 2015 China’s “market price support” for these three crops was estimated to be almost $100 billion in excess of what …

Ag Group, Government, trade

USDA Designates $26 Million For Ag Innovation

Kelly Marshall

The USDA is investing $26.6 million in 45 projects across the country.  These projects were selected to encourage conservation initiatives in rural and urban areas.  The investment will be matched by public and private entities, making the grand total $59 million. The investment will go through the USDA’s Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) program.  As of 2009 CIG has funded 414 national …

Conservation, Government, USDA

USDA Announces Changes for Conservation Program

Kelly Marshall

The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service is responding to customer and partner input.  They are announcing an update to the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), the nation’s largest conservation program based on acres.  During the new enrollment period later this year CSP will be offering producers more options for improving conditions on working lands. “After hearing from farmers, ranchers, and partners …

Conservation, Government, USDA

RFS Celebrates 11 Years

Kelly Marshall

Monday marks the 11th anniversary of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).  More than a decade later, this program is one of the most successful biofuels programs. “Our government challenged the biofuels industry to produce the world’s cleanest, most affordable and sustainable fuel for cars and trucks. We delivered – and America continues to benefit,” said Adam Monroe, President, Americas, Novozymes …

Energy, Government

Democratic Ag, Energy and Environmental Platform

Kelly Marshall

Last week the American Soybean Association helpfully took apart the Republic platform as it pertains to agriculture, energy and the environment for those of us without the motivation or time to read the manuscript ourselves.  Now the Democrats have released their platform and ASA has once again summarized the information. Biodiesel – No specific mention of biodiesel, but discusses clean …

Ag Group, Government