A number of issues on the table

It has been a very busy time for Wisconsin Farm Bureau president Jim Holte: the on-going work on the Implements of Husbandry laws in Wisconsin, GMO labeling, Waters of the U.S., high capacity wells in Wisconsin to name a few issues the organization is dealing with.  

Minnesota Cattlemen to “flood the phones” over WOTUS

A commodity group wants to “flood the phones” in an attempt to stop a controversial rule. Minnesota State Cattlemen’s Association executive director Ashley Kohls is recruiting those opposed to the EPA’s Clean Water Rule, formerly Waters of the U.S., to call Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken before the rule goes into effect Friday. “We’ve… Read more »

The next generation of agriculture, women

A network for women in agriculture is empowering females in a male dominated industry to lead. USDA Deputy Secretary Kyrsta Harden has been meeting with women across the country. “Sometimes women can feel isolated.” She says, “Frankly, in their own communities there might not be someone just like them farming or ranching and they would… Read more »

For corn growers it’s RFS and GMO

A couple of hot topics among corn growers these days are the Renewable Fuels Standard and GMO labeling. Tom Thieding is Communications Director for the Wisconsin Corn Growers Association, he says while they await the final RFS rule from the Environmental Protection Agency, corn growers need to focus on promotion, education and infrastructure expansion in… Read more »

NFU opposition to TPP hinges on currency manipulation

National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson wants the Obama Administration to include language against currency manipulation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement.  Despite countries having manipulated currency to gain a trade edge on the U.S., TPP negotiations have not adequately addressed the issue, Johnson told Brownfield Ag News. “We think that’s a huge mistake,” Johnson… Read more »

Home heating oil industry using biodiesel to revive and reinvent itself

The heating oil market is well established along the East Coast with approximately 6.2 million homes relying on it during the winter. But progressive states in that region are looking to move towards renewable fuels and have issued mandates in New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Bioheat is traditional home heating oil blended with… Read more »

Mexico now second largest export market for Minnesota

Mexico is the second largest export market for Minnesota and 36 state delegates just returned from a trade mission there. Minnesota Pork Producers Association president Lori Stevermer took part and says about a third of the group represented agriculture. “Soybeans, corn, dairy, a few individuals from the education system-University of Minnesota.  The rest of the… Read more »

Bullseye on crop insurance is growing larger

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The top congressional lobbyist for the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) continues to warn of potential cuts to crop insurance. AFBF’s senior director of congressional relations Mary Kay Thatcher spoke last week at a Nebraska Farm Bureau policy issues orientation meeting in Kearney. She talked about the growing sentiment in Congress that too much money is being spent on… Read more »

Ethanol production steady into next year

Ethanol production is forecast to remain near current levels through 2016. The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) in its August short-term energy outlook, says production averaged 935,000 barrels per day last year and is expected to hold steady into next year. Monte Shaw, one of the founders of the America’s Renewable Future coalition, tells Brownfield… Read more »

Missouri A-G seeks injunction on WOTUS rule

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The Attorney General of Missouri, who is suing the EPA over its Waters of the U.S. definition, has filed a preliminary injunction to block implementation of the new rule. General Chris Koster says they’re asking the federal court in Jefferson City (Missouri) to “preserve the status quo while the case is pending.” Twelve other states… Read more »