Ag groups urge House to move quickly on TPA

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Several national farm groups are urging the House of Representatives to act quickly to approve Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation after the Senate passed it late Friday. In a statement released following the vote, American Farm Bureau president Bob Stallman said, “Congressional support is critical to breaking down trade barriers and completing ambitious new trade agreements… Read more »

Senate passes TPA bill

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  The U.S. Senate has approved Trade Promotion Authority legislation on a bi-partisan vote of 62 to 37.  The bill now goes to the House for consideration. Several commodity organization leaders issued statements immediately following the vote. Here is a sampling of the reaction. National Corn Growers Association president Chip Bowling: “Thank you to the senators who… Read more »

Renewable Fuels Standard due June 1.

The Environmental Protection Agency is supposed to finally deliver a Renewable Fuels Standard by June 1st.  They are to announce the proposed standards for 2014, 2015 and 2016.  Renewable Fuels Association senior vice president Geoff Cooper says EPA and the White House have been very quiet on this so they have no idea what the… Read more »

USMEF official: U.S. needs TPP to stay competitive

A top official of the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) says the U.S. needs to finalize the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement if it wants to remain competitive in the world market. USMEF president and CEO Phil Seng says other countries are “stepping up their game” when it comes to meat exports. “We better pass TPP… Read more »

NPPC applauds ‘Walmart’s commitment’

The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) is applauding, what it calls “Walmart’s commitment to sustainable and responsible farming”.  NPPC spokesman Dave Warner says that’s something that America’s pork producers do every single day. “The specific policy that Walmart is asking its suppliers to adopt, we align pretty well with most of those,” Warner says. Especially… Read more »

Pork producers set to thrive

A Brazilian consultant says the animal protein market is changing.  Dr. Osler Desourzart, CEO of Brazil based OD Consulting says pork currently accounts for 33 percent of the total demand for protein – and he expects that to increase. So what does that mean for pork producers?  “Get ready to purchase more pork, guys,” he… Read more »

Food Dialogues – Toledo

The next U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance Food Dialogues event is coming to Ohio. Following last summer’s water crisis in Toledo, when 500,000 people were without water due to harmful algae blooms in Lake Erie, Food Dialogues – Toledo will feature a discussion on the challenges of balancing food production and water quality. “Making sure… Read more »

Custom rate estimates released

Farmers can compare custom rates with a new report from Michigan State University Extension. The annual Farm Machine Work Rate summary, created by the Farm Information Resource Management Extension team, is a guide for farmers to use when hiring custom operators.  The summary includes equipment, labor and fuel cost estimates.  Dennis Stein, Farm Business Management… Read more »

April egg production modestly higher

  U.S. egg production during April 2015 was modestly higher than in April 2014, according to the USDA. Production totaled 8.212 million eggs, including 7.114 billion table eggs and 1.098 billion hatching eggs. For the hatching eggs, 1.01 billion were for broilers and 87 million were egg-type. The number of layers during April averaged 358… Read more »

Animal rights groups applaud Walmart’s move

Animal rights groups are applauding Walmart’s announcement of stricter farm animal welfare policies. Leah Garces, USA director for the group Compassion in World Farming, says it marks “a historical tipping-point”. “This is the largest retailer in the country and much of their merchandising is groceries.  So the impact of such a market leader in taking… Read more »