Minnesota Farm Bureau touts trade in DC

Minnesota Farm Bureau delegates are talking to lawmakers in Washington DC about agricultural trade this week. Farm Bureau member Loren Molenaar of Raymond, tells Brownfield the US should explore all avenues of trade.  “Be it Cuba or TPP with Pacific coastal countries, to ensure that we can draw something up to where we can have a good… Read more »

Minnesota Farm Bureau delegates in DC discuss key issues

Minnesota Farm Bureau delegates are in Washington DC this week to discuss issues important to the state. Fourteen members, including Loren Molenaar of Raymond, spent time with Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken while also meeting with six of the eight representative offices. Molenaar says certainty with the new Farm Bill is needed, “We just went… 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 »

Ethanol has a place in the future

The Wisconsin Corn Growers are certainly at home at the WPS Farm Show; not only from the producer standpoint but from the ethanol perspective as well. Tom Thieding says they were in Washington D.C. last week to talk with the State’s Congressional delegation about ethanol and the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS).  “We got very good… Read more »

Woes on WOTUS shared at Senate Ag hearing

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More woes have been shared in testimony at a Senate Agriculture hearing about the EPA’s Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) proposed rule today. Chairman Pat Roberts of Kansas says EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy has said the agency is close to implementing the rule – and in the meantime has changed the name, “From ‘Waters of… Read more »

Building relationships with Congressmen

Building relationships is how one County President describes his trip to Washington, D.C. For Matt Bell of Muskingum County, his first trip to Washington, D.C. as a County Farm Bureau President the value of being in the nation’s Capital is being able to sit down with his Congressman to talk about the issues. For Matt,… Read more »

Agriculture needs exports and needs Trade Promotion Authority

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Wisconsin dairy farmer Pete Kappelman is Chairman of the Board of Land O’Lakes Cooperative, treasurer of the Board of Directors for National Milk Producers Federation and serves on the Board of Heifer International. Last week he was invited to talk to members of the House Agriculture Committee about trade. “Eighty percent of the ag committee… Read more »

Bills would change EPA’s science advisory board

The U.S. House has passed legislation that would force changes in the EPA’s scientific advisory board. Many in agriculture have criticized the EPA’s decisions that affect farmers and ranchers. The Republican sponsored bills, passed closely along party lines, would – among other things – prevent the EPA from issuing regulations based on data that has… Read more »

Bill to repeal Estate Tax

A spokesman for House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan says they will vote next week on a bill to repeal the estate tax. The IRS website defines the estate tax as a tax on your right to transfer property at your death. It consists of an accounting of everything you own or have… Read more »

House panel hears WOTUS concerns

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The EPA’s proposed “Waters of the U.S.” rule came under heavy fire this week during a House Agriculture subcommittee hearing in Washington. Among those testifying was Steve Foglesong, who raises livestock and crops on his farm in west-central Illinois. Fogelsong says his main concern is the rule’s lack of clarity. “We hear about exemptions that… Read more »