Senate passes WOTUS clarifications

The U.S. Senate passed a budget bill early Friday morning after a marathon voting session. The packaged passed on a 52 to 46 vote with all Democrats and Republicans Ted Cruz and Rand Paul voting against it. The bill includes amendments which state the EPA’s proposed Waters of the U.S. rules do not apply to… Read more »

Combating antibiotic resistant bacteria

The Obama Administration has released a National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria. Recognizing the important role USDA has in the issue, Steven Kappas with the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) says USDA efforts will be in three areas, stewardship, surveillance and research. Kappas says USDA and FDA will work together on stewardship. “Working with… Read more »

USDA extends safety net program sign-up

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Earlier today, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack provided farm owners with an additional week to make their safety net program selection and update their yield history and base acres. USDA Farm Service Agency administrator Val Dolcini says these programs are important decision for producers.  “These programs help protect farmers from unexpected changes in the marketplace,” he… Read more »

USDA extends deadline for ARC/PLC again

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The USDA has extended the deadline for farmers to choose a Farm Bill safety net program. The first extension was through March 31st, but now sign-up has been extended through Tuesday, April 7th. The deadline for updating yield history and/or reallocation of base acres has also been extended through April 7th along with the choice… Read more »

Senate looks to clarify WOTUS

A nonbinding resolution in the Senate could indicate a little more clarity for the EPA’s proposed Waters of the U.S. rule. On a 59 to 40 vote, Senators said the rules do not apply to puddles, irrigation ditches and wastewater systems.  All Republicans, five Democrats and Independent Angus King voted in support of the measure. … Read more »

Donnelly wants EPA to rework WOTUS

Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly wants to see the Environmental Protection Agency revers its proposed Waters of the US rule within the Clean Water Act. In a Senate Agriculture Committee hearing earlier this week, he said EPA needs to rework to rule to provide greater clarity for farmers, ranchers and state regulatory agencies.  “We all want… Read more »

Ohio House and Senate pass SB1

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Legislation to address water quality and nutrient management issues in the state has passed. The Ohio Senate and House of Representatives on Wednesday, March 25, passed SB1, a bill that Tommy Price of Putnam County, President of the Ohio Soybean Association (OSA) says they support because of its science-based approach to addressing the issues. “We… Read more »

Mexico allowing some shipments

The country of Mexico reportedly is allowing some US poultry imports after it banned shipments from several U.S. states that reported avian flu in some commercial flocks. Arkansas, Missouri, California and Minnesota reported the highly contagious avian flu earlier this year. It is not spread to humans.

Retaliation considered in COOL case

Potential retaliation from Canada and Mexico against the U.S. was the focus of a House Ag subcommittee today. Chairman David Rouzer of North Carolina said the U.S. could lose its appeal with the WTO on its Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) rule and harmful retaliation could be the result. He says trade agreements are important for… Read more »

GMO labeling bill re-introduced

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A GMO labeling bill that would allow for voluntary labeling of food products has been reintroduced in Congress. The American Feed Industry Association says it supports the measure because it’s a federal food labeling solution “that consumers can rely on.  The AFIA says the bill “recognizes the safety of ingredients produced by modern agricultural biotechnology.”… Read more »