ASA, Valent Host Soy Leaders of the Future

Kelly Marshall

The American Soybean Association (ASA) and Valent USA have created the Soy Leaders of the Future program to provide an understanding of agriculture policy and tools to advocate effectivly. Classes begin this summer on July 10-13 in Washington D.C., in association with the ASA Board Meeting and Soy Issues Briefing. The new Soy Leaders of the Future program, sponsored by …

Ag Group, ASA, Government, Policy

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

Reaction to Election and Policy Priorities for NCGA

Lizzy Schultz

Much of the conversation during NAFB’s Trade Talksurrounded the industry’s response to the election of Donald Trump, and the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) President Wesley Spurlock was on hand to discuss what this new administration will means for NCGA and how the organization intends to move forward into the future. “It is great to have the election behind us, …

Ag Group, Audio, Corn, EPA, NAFB, NCGA, Policy, trade

#NAFB16 Features Reactions to #Election2016

Cindy Zimmerman

To kick-off the 2016 National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB) Convention in Kansas City, Mo., we heard agriculture leaders share insights on “Counting the Returns: Agriculture Reacts to the Election.” Jay Truitt, Policy Solutions, moderated panel discussion with Dr. Bob Young, Chief Economist, American Farm Bureau Federation, Roger Johnson, President, National Farmers Union and Jon Doggett, Executive Vice President, National …

Audio, Government, NAFB, Policy

Republicans Release Ag, Energy, Environmental Platform

Kelly Marshall

The GOP has published its 2016 Party Platform; Democrats will release theirs next week.  The document can be seen here, with Agriculture, Energy and Environmental issues on pages 17-22.  For those who’d rather not wade through, the American Soybean Association has provided a quick synopsis of topics related to agriculture. Trade – The document offers language about the importance of …

Government, Policy

Sens. Fischer & Heitkamp Introduce Bipartisan FARM Act

Joanna Schroeder

U.S. Senators Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) have introduced bipartisan legislation that would block a federal standard from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regarding anhydrous ammonia. The chemical is used as a fertilizer and input by farmers. In response to the proposed standard, the Senators introduced the Fertilizer Access and Responsible Management (FARM) Act, to counter …

Agribusiness, Crop Protection, Fertilizer, Policy

NCGA Applauds New FAA Rule On Drones

Lizzy Schultz

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has officially announced its final rule, effective this August, governing commercial uses of small unmanned aerial systems (UAS), or drones. “We’re pleased that the FAA recognizes the important commercial applications for UAS technology, and has created rules that will put the technology in farmers’ hands,” said Maryland farmer Chip Bowling, President of National Corn Growers …

Ag Group, Agribusiness, Aviation, drone, Government, NCGA, Policy

AEM Talks Issues At #Classic16

Lizzy Schultz

The Association of Equipment Managers (AEM) gave a press conference on several issues facing the industry during their inaugural year as an official affiliate of the 2016 Commodity Classic A major concern highlighted in the press conference was infrastructure deterioration occurring across the nation, which impacts the transportation of commodities and food to market. Senior Vice President Charlie O’Brien called …

AEM, Ag Group, Audio, Policy

AEM Executive Outlook Panel at #NFMS16

Cindy Zimmerman

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) hosted an Ag Executive Outlook panel during the opening day of the 2016 National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville this week. Industry executives on the panel included Todd Stucke with Kubota, Leif Magnusson of CLAAS Global Sales Americas, Jim Walker with Case IH NAFTA, Great Plains Manufacturing president Linda Salem, and AEM Senior Vice …

AEM, Agribusiness, Audio, NFMS, Policy, technology

GMO Opposition Hurting the Developing World

Lizzy Schultz

Increasing pressure from the anti-GMO movement has created an increased demand for governments to restrict the use of biotechnology in agriculture, with the majority of biotech opposition stemming from European and European-funded NGOs and campaign groups. The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), a nonpartisan research and educational institute, has recently published data suggesting that the biotechnology restrictions created by …

biotechnology, GMO, International, Policy, sustainability