AFBF: WOTUS memos reveal EPA misconduct

Army Corps of Engineers internal memos connected to the EPA’s Waters of the U.S. rule reveal what the American Farm Bureau says is dysfunction, secrecy and misconduct at the EPA.  The corps memos were released Thursday by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.  Farm Bureau Congressional Relations Director Don Parrish says the memos… Read more »

Minnesota Farmers Union VP named to trade committee

The Vice President of the Minnesota Farmers Union has been selected to join an agricultural trade advisory committee. Gary Wertish is one of 129 ag specialists named by US Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack. Wertish tells Brownfield he would like to represent family farmers while serving on the committee. “We’re in the global economy and trade… Read more »

Another good day in the dairy markets

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Cash cheese barrels gained 3 cents, blocks up 4.75 cents and butter increased 4.75 cents on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange on Thursday. Class III futures were higher from August through February, 2016. Hotter weather is slowing milk production in the Midwest while the Northeast is holding steady. Florida shipped 35 loads out of state this… Read more »

House passes GMO labeling act

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The House passed H.R. 1599; the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act. On a 275-150 vote; 230 Republicans and 45 Democrats voted “yes”: 12 Republicans and 138 Democrats voted “no”.  The bill establishes a national standard allowing food companies to label a product “non-GMO” if they so-choose. It does not require labeling if a product… Read more »

NCGA elects new board members

Corn farmers from across the nation were in D.C. last week for Corn Congress. Michigan corn farmer Jeff Sandborn tells Brownfield this year’s event seemed to be focused on EPA. “This is our annual event where corn growers from across the Midwest come to vote on new policy and elect the new members of the… Read more »

Great Lakes Assurance Act models Michigan program

Michigan Representatives are introducing legislation into the U.S. House to encourage more farmers to protect the Great Lakes. Representative Candice Miller says her legislation is modeled after Michigan’s voluntary environmental stewardship program. “Michigan has had incredible success with this MAEAP program.”  She tells Brownfield, “It is totally voluntary and it has farmers utilizing best conservation… Read more »

Ag coalition urges GMO bill passage

Nearly 500 member groups of the Coalition for Safe and Affordable Food sent a letter to Congress urging members to support the federal, voluntary GMO labeling bill that passed the House Ag Committee last week. They say the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act would “put a stop to the patchwork of state-based labeling requirements”,… Read more »

Senate ag appropriations bill advances

The Senate Appropriations Committee has passed a Fiscal Year 2016 funding bill for agriculture and rural development. It’s nearly 144-Billion dollars in discretionary and mandatory spending. The bill provides $2.7 billion to support agricultural research conducted by the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and land grant and non-land grant universities. It includes $20 million above the… Read more »

Grower groups want GMO labeling bill passed

The National Corn Growers Association and the American Soybean Association are both calling on the U.S. House of Representatives to pass legislation to establish voluntary GMO labeling.  Legislation approved by the House Agriculture Committee Tuesday provides for labeling GMO-free foods, as well as foods containing biotechnology.  American Soybean Association President Wade Cowan of Texas says… Read more »