Ag groups react to agreement on TPP

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  Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiators have reached agreement on the 12-nation free trade pact. Although specific details have not been released, Nick Giordano with the National Pork Producers Council tells Brownfield he’s confident it will be a good deal for pork producers. “NPPC will be looking the deal over very closely before we determine… Read more »

Agreement reached on TPP trade deal

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Several news outlets are reporting that Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiators have reached agreement on the controversial free-trade pact. The U.S. Trade Representative’s office said a news conference would take place this morning to discuss the accord. The agreement still faces what is likely to be a contentious battle for ratification by the U.S. Congress. Lawmakers… Read more »

TPP talks drag on

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The Trans Pacific Partnership trade talks continued through the weekend in Atlanta and there were reports late Sunday evening that negotiators had reached an agreement “in principle”. However, other news sources reported that the talks were now being extended in Monday, indicating some issues remained unresolved. Dairy continued to be one of the final sticking points… Read more »

Urban high school ag education programs are popular

Agriculture education programs are blooming in inner-city high schools. One example is the Bryan High School Urban Ag Academy in Omaha, which is in its fourth year of operation. There are more than 120 students in the ag academy program and the school’s FFA chapter has 98 members, making it the largest FFA chapter in… Read more »

Educating poultry producers about avian influenza

A poultry veterinarian is working to educate poultry producers on tightening biosecurity to prevent an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza in Ohio.  Ohio State University Extension’s Dr. Mohamed El-Gazzar says HPAI presents two main types of challenges – the virus itself and the logistics of disease control. Extension is working with producers to learn… Read more »

TPP talks extended

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Agricultural issues continue to be a sticking point in the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations, according to reports coming out of the latest TPP talks in Atlanta, Georgia. Negotiations were scheduled to end Thursday, but were extended into today and may even continue into the weekend. One of the more contentious issues is Canada’s hesitation… Read more »

Deere and UAW reach agreement

Deere & Company says it has reached a tentative labor agreement with the United Auto Workers union, staving off a potential work stoppage. The existing contract expired at midnight last night (on September 30). The new six-year agreement would cover ten-thousand workers at 12 factories, most of which are in Iowa and Illinois. A union membership… Read more »

Greater biodiesel adoption would lower costs

The cost of biodiesel would be lower if more of the U.S. production capacity was put to use.  National Biodiesel Board Sustainability Director Don Scott tells Brownfield the country could be producing three billion gallons of the renewable fuel annually.  He says biodiesel interests are trying to convince the EPA to increase biodiesel volumes in… Read more »

Talent chairs new group set up to support the RFS

The Renewable Fuel Standard is getting support from a group chaired by former U.S. Senator Jim Talent.  The organization, called Americans for Energy Security and Innovation, was formed to help keep the RFS part of U.S. energy policy.  When he served from the state of Missouri, Talent, a Republican, helped to pass the RFS in… Read more »

Grassley: Convincing Congress on TPP won’t be easy

Supporters of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement are hopeful that this week’s TPP negotiations in Atlanta will result in a final agreement. If and when the agreement is finalized, it will still have to be approved by Congress—and Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley says that’s not going to be easy. He says the Obama… Read more »