Enogen sponsors NASCAR XFINITY race in Iowa

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Enogen is the sponsor of this weekend’s NASCAR XFINITY American Ethanol E15 250 race at the Iowa Speedway near Newton, Iowa. It’s the fourth year that Enogen has sponsored a NASCAR event at the Iowa Speedway. We visited with the head of Enogen, Jack Bernens, about their involvement with the NASCAR event.  Bernens also provides an… Read more »

Senate bill contains rider blocking WOTUS

The fiscal 2017 Interior-Environment spending bill approved Thursday by the Senate Appropriations Committee contains a rider blocking the “Waters of the U.S.” (WOTUS) rule, also referred to as the Clean Water Act rule. The WOTUS provision would prevent the EPA from enforcing the rule in the event court stays are lifted. Other riders on the… Read more »

Iowa farmer transitions to organic crop production

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For the past decade, Aaron Lehman of Polk City, Iowa has been transitioning his family farm to organic crop production and now has 180 acres of organic corn, soybeans, oats and hay. During a recent visit to his central Iowa farm, we talked to Lehman about the decision to move to organic production, some of the challenges he’s… Read more »

RFA applauds new biofuels report

The Renewable Fuels Association is applauding a report that concludes biofuels made from crops do not threaten food supplies. The report was funded by the USDA, the World Bank and other groups. It concludes there is no clear relationship between biofuels and the supply and price of food, as some critics of biofuels have suggested… Read more »

Groups plead for GMO labeling solution

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Food and agriculture groups are pleading with Congress to pass a national GMO labeling standard before Vermont’s labeling law goes into effect on July 1st. In a conference call with reporters this morning, American Soybean Association CEO Steve Censky said some food companies may reformulate their products to remove GMO ingredients, rather than create a… Read more »

Court extends WOTUS legal battle into 2017

The legal fate of the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule will rest with the next administration, after the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Tuesday set a briefing schedule that pushes oral arguments on the case into 2017. Colin Woodall is vice-president of government affairs with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. “Yes, a new administration… Read more »

Vote on Iowa state beef checkoff set for this fall

Iowa cattlemen will vote this fall on whether they want to establish a state beef checkoff of 50 cents per head. The state checkoff would be in addition to the one-dollar per head national checkoff. But Katie Olthoff with the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association says the state checkoff would provide more flexibility when it comes to… Read more »

Biotech’s role in animal health emergency preparedness

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A symposium entitled “Animal Health in the Heartland: Biotech’s Role in Emergency Preparedness” will be held July 20th in Omaha. The event is a collaboration between the Iowa Biotechnology Association (IowaBio) and BioNebraska. According to IowaBio executive director Joe Hrdlicka, the focus will be on biotechnology’s role in emergency preparedness/response to issues like avian flu… Read more »

A visit with NCBA president Tracy Brunner

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At the recent mid-year meeting of Nebraska Cattlemen in Broken Bow, we had the chance to visit with Ramona, Kansas cattleman Tracy Brunner, president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.  Among the topics we discussed were the Trans Pacific Partnership, Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS), the Endangered Species Act, property rights and cattle futures trading…. Read more »

Effort to block ‘Meatless Monday’ in military falls short

Iowa Senator Joni Ernst’s bid to block military cafeterias from going meatless on any day of the week came up short Tuesday when the Senate failed to consider her amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act. Ernst’s amendment was aimed at the Humane Society of the United States’ “Meatless Monday” campaign, an effort to get… Read more »