GMO Labeling Rule Faces Challenges

Kelly Marshall

Many ag organizations put in multiple hours to pass the Labeling Law this summer, but now a new executive order aimed at reducing regulations may create additional challenges to the final release of these rules.  The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) was working on the Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) to get feedback on the best way to handle the new …

Wheat and Sorghum Producers Honor Sen. Roberts

Cindy Zimmerman

The chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee was honored by both wheat and sorghum producers this week in Washington. Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) was presented with the National Sorghum Producers 2017 “Friend of Sorghum” Congressional Award in recognition of his long-running work representing the U.S. Sorghum producers. “Senator Roberts is a formidable champion for U.S. farmers,” said Don Bloss, NSP …

Ag Secretary is Last Minute Choice for Trump

Cindy Zimmerman

President-elect Donald Trump will officially round out his cabinet by nominating former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue as Secretary of Agriculture just a little more than 24 hours before the inauguration. As word about the choice spread Wednesday evening, most agricultural groups were waiting until the official announcement to respond, but one of the first was American Farm Bureau president Zippy …

USDA Devotes $252 Million to Conservation

Kelly Marshall

Applications are now being accepted for federal funding through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). The Natural Resources Conservation Service will award up to $252 million for locally driven, public-private partnerships to: improve water quality, overcome drought, enhance soil health, support wildlife habitat and protect agriculture viability. Projects must match or exceed federal requests with private dollars or local funds. …

Farm Groups Stress Trade to Trump

Kelly Marshall

The American Soybean Association and 15 other farmer organizations joined together last week to make sure President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence understand the importance of agricultural trade to rural America.  The groups sent a letter asking the administration to protect and enhance trade, specifically in regard to China, Canada and Mexico. “We know that securing positive benefits …

NCGA Welcomes 115th Congress

Kelly Marshall

The New Year has been rung in and the 115th Congress and the National Corn Growers Association have gotten right to work. President Wesley Spurlock, First Vice President Kevin Skunes and staff from the NCGA office in DC have already made their first set of rounds on Capitol Hill, making sure lawmakers know what’s important to corn farmers. It’s essential work, …

USDA Invests in Conservation Partnerships

Kelly Marshall

The USDA’s Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) is investing $225 million in high-impact projects to improve water quality, combat drought, enhance soil health, support wildlife habitat and protect agricultural viability.  These 88 new projects bring the National Resources Conservation Service total investment to $825 million in 286 projects with more than 2,000 conservation partners investing their own $1.4 billion. RCPP …

#ARA2016 Year in Review from CEO Daren Coppock

Kelly Marshall

The Agricultural Retailers Association Convention & Expo heard from CEO, Daren Coppock with the President’s report and review of the year. He couldn’t begin without talking about the election, Coppock said. “This opens up some unexpected avenues for us. It was a surprising outcome in a number of ways. But if we look at implications for our industry there are …

USDA Awards $6.7 Million for Healthy Agroecosystems

Kelly Marshall

Eighteen grants with a total sum of $6.7 million dollars are being granted by the USDA‘s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).  The grants are to encourage researching the interactions between components of an agroecosystem interact in food production: soil, water and sun to plants, animals and people. “Population growth, along with environmental factors, including the growing threat of climate change, …

Senate Ag Committee Calls on China to Approve Biotech

Kelly Marshall

Chairman and Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry are urging approve of biotechnology products in China.  Earlier this week Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) sent a letter to President Obama about the ongoing delays.  The letter containing 37 signatures, 16 from members of the Senate Agriculture Committee. The Senators write, “American producers …