Groups urging support of Federal ‘Safe Trucking Act’

Ohio’s Congressional delegation is being urged to support the Federal Safe Trucking Act.   Nine state trade associations, including several agricultural groups, say the proposed legislation would give states the authority to allow heavier trucks equipped with six axles to access designated interstate highways.  “If you spread that weight out, from five to six axles and… Read more »

Grassley says TPP faces “difficult” road in Congress

The Obama Administration faces a big challenge in convincing Congress to ratify the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement, according to Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley. “I think it’s going to be very, very difficult to get it through, based upon opposition that was expressed during the month of June when we had this up here,”… Read more »

NCC hopes for Canadian access in TPP deal

The National Chicken Council (NCC) says it hopes there’s good news about Canada in the just-announced final agreement of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). Council spokesman Tom Super tells Brownfield Ag News they hope the “long-protected” Canadian market will be opened to free trade for poultry which he says would be a win for U.S…. Read more »

Bill to extend PTC deadline introduced

Federal legislation has been introduced to extend a railroad deadline that could impact agriculture. Mike Steenhoek of the Soy Transportation Coalition says Positive Train Control (PTC) technology allows trains to be operated remotely, and was designed to prevent collisions or derailments. Congress established a deadline of December 31st of this year for PTC installation, and… 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 »

House-passed bill authorizes price reporting through 2020

The U.S. House Monday reauthorized Mandatory Price Reporting, which was set to expire Wednesday. If it’s signed, Mandatory Price Reporting, authorized through the year 2020, ensures the continued flow of livestock market information. The measure requires meat packers to report to USDA the prices they pay for cattle, hogs and sheep, as well as the… Read more »

Government shutdown will affect farmers

A policy specialist says the events of late last week may help to avoid a government shutdown on Thursday.  American Farm Bureau Public Policy Director Dale Moore says the resignation announcement by John Boehner reduces the likelihood of a shutdown. “The Speaker has made it clear he’s going to get something done, and I’m betting… Read more »

Congressional efforts to kill WOTUS continue

Congressional efforts to kill the controversial Clean Water Act rule—often referred to as the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule—are expected to pick up steam in the coming weeks. Nebraska Congressman Adrian Smith, who filed a joint resolution of disapproval for the rule back in July, says it’s a federal government overreach that was never… Read more »

NASDA calls for funding to implement food safety law

  The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) is calling on Congress to adequately fund implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FMSA). The law is intended to improve the safety and security of the nation’s food supply, focusing on prevention of foodborne illness. It was passed in 2010, but Nebraska director of… Read more »

Rail mandate deadline could impact agriculture

The director of the Soy Transportation Coalition says the approaching deadline of a government mandate on railroads could impact agriculture. Mike Steenhoek tells Brownfield Positive Train Control (PTC) was developed to increase safety on the nation’s railways. “What the technology does is allows trains to be controlled remotely.  It would allow a train engineer to… Read more »