Groups want to help Vermont defend GMO law

A couple of advocacy groups want to help Vermont defend its GMO labeling law.  Scheduled to take effect in July of 2016, the law is the first in the nation to require labeling of food products which may contain genetically modified ingredients. The Vermont Public Interest Research Group along with the Washington D.C.-based Center for… Read more »

Young farmer concerned with water rule

The EPA’s “Waters of the U.S.” rule dominated the discussion on the Nebraska Farm Bureau’s Young Farmers and Ranchers National Affairs Trip to Washington, D.C. One of the participants, Dustin Fairley, wonders if the EPA hasn’t already set the wheels in motion. “I serve on our local FSA board and just since the first of… Read more »

Disaster Assistance for fruit tree crops

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announcing Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) assistance is available for losses to bush or tree fruit crops due to frost or freeze during the 2012 crop year. The program, authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill, provides supplemental NAP payment to eligible producers.   Farmers who did not have… Read more »

NFU asks for water map from EPA

National Farmers Union leaders have asked the EPA for a map with estimates of which bodies of water will be considered jurisdictional under the agency’s Waters of the U.S. rule in the Clean Water Act. NFU President Roger Johnson and members of NFU’s board of directors held a conference call last week with EPA Administrator… Read more »

Wisconsin quarantines seven more EAB counties

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection is adding seven new southwestern counties to the state’s emerald ash borer quarantine list.  EAB has been found in Columbia, Monroe and Grant Counties.  Because they are now surrounded by EAB-infested counties, Richland, Iowa, Lafayette and Green Counties will also be quarantined. The quarantine will be… Read more »

AFBF sends EPA “counter point” to Congress

The American Farm Bureau Federation is countering statements by an EPA official on the proposed water rule of the Clean Water Act.  Farm Bureau Congressional Relations Director Mary Kay Thatcher tells Brownfield Ag News the AFBF has given that document to members of Congress, “We put out a lengthy paper, sort of doing a point-counter-point… Read more »

Wisconsinites like ethanol in the gasoline

The Wisconsin Corn Growers Association says a recent statewide opinion poll shows Badger State citizens support the use of ethanol in gasoline by a 2-to-1 margin.  The poll conducted by Public Opinion Strategies for WCGA surveyed 500 likely voters around the state. They found 60 percent of individuals supported blending ethanol into gasoline versus 32… Read more »

The impact of the California drought

A new study from the University of California-Davis shows just how serious the drought is in the Golden State.  The UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences says this is currently the third-worst drought on record in the state with river water for the Central Valley reduced by roughly one-third.  Groundwater pumping is replacing the river… Read more »

NCGA calls for water rule withdrawal

The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) is calling on the EPA to withdraw its interpretative rule on Waters of the U.S. In comments submitted to the agency, NCGA said it has serious concerns over the impact of the rule regarding the exemption from permitting under the Clean Water Act. NCGA also voiced strong concerns over… Read more »

Proving ethanol works

In an effort to promote ethanol, the Wisconsin Corn Growers Association is sponsoring the American Ethanol Super Truck series at Madison International Speedway at Oregon, Wisconsin.  Right now, one truck is running on E-98 in the series driven by 17-year-old Michael Raskovic.  This is his first year in the truck after spending three years in… Read more »