Supreme Court strikes-down power plant emissions rule

The U.S. Supreme Court has struck down President Obama’s 2011 Mercury emissions regulations on coal-fired power plants.  23 states, a number of power companies and coal interests brought the suit saying the cost of implementing the rule outweighed the benefits to human health.   In a 5-4 ruling, the high court said the Environmental Protection… Read more »

President Obama signs TPA & TAA

President Obama has signed H.R. 2146 renewing Trade Promotion Authority and H.R. 1295 which extends Trade Adjustment Assistance and several trade preference programs.  The two measures set the stage for the Administration to proceed with negotiations for the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal.  

Voices need to be heard now on RFS

The executive director of Michigan Corn says the Renewable Fuel Standard is working. “The law was intended to get our dependence off of foreign oil, we have actually reduced that.” Jim Zook with Michigan Corn tells Brownfield Michigan ethanol plants produce about 300 million gallons, but the state consumes an additional 150 million gallons of… Read more »

Call for another RFS hearing in Wisconsin

The Wisconsin Corn Growers Association and Wisconsin BioFuels Association want the Environmental Protection Agency to hold another hearing on the Renewable Fuels Standard…in Wisconsin. EPA planned only one hearing which was held in Kansas City last Thursday.  Wisconsin BioFuels president Erik Huschitt says EPA needs to hear from more people who contribute to and work… Read more »

Groups say ruling on Obamacare to help rural America

Several groups whose members are in rural America are applauding Thursday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as Obamacare. National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson says the provision that was upheld will “make health care coverage affordable for American family farmers and ranchers.”  Thursday’s decision, in a vote of… Read more »

TAA is on its way to the President

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The House has passed Trade Adjustment Assistance.  On a 268-138 vote, the House agreed to the Amendment passed on a voice vote by the Senate on Wednesday.  Only six Democrats voted against the measure which their party tanked two weeks ago. The House also agreed 251-176 to the resolution extending the African Growth and Opportunity… Read more »

Senate approves TPA

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The Senate has approved Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) by a vote of 60 to 38. The legislation grants the president authority to enter into and finalize free trade agreements.  Proponents argued that TPA is necessary in order for U.S. negotiators to complete the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement with 11 Pacific Rim countries. “TPA is what… Read more »

Minnesota Biofuels director to testify at EPA hearing

The executive director of the Minnesota Biofuels Association will be testifying at the EPA hearing on the Renewable Fuels Standard Thursday.  Tim Rudnicki  says he intends on pointing out a pattern of capitulation to the petroleum industry. “They’re (EPA) latest excuse, as set forth in their regulatory announcement that came out in May, was there is… Read more »

Stabenow proposes alternative to COOL repeal

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The ranking member of the Senate Agriculture Committee is offering an alternative to outright repeal of country-of-origin labeling (COOL). Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow has released a draft bill that would convert mandatory country-of-origin labeling for beef and pork to a voluntary program. Stabenow calls it “a pathway to finding a solution on country-of-origin labeling”. National… Read more »

NCGA to speak up for RFS at EPA hearing

The chairman of the National Corn Growers Association is encouraging agriculture to speak with volume and content Thursday in Kansas City during the EPA hearing on the Renewable Fuels Standard.  Martin Barbre of Illinois tells Brownfield he wants this to be heard by EPA loud and clear: “The law says you’re supposed to do this,… Read more »