$5.6 million in advanced biofuels grants announced

USDA is making $5.6 million in grants to 220 producers across the nation to support the production of advanced biofuels, and is awarding more than $4 million in additional grants that will advance the bioeconomy and reduce the nation’s dependence on foreign oil. Established in the 2008 Farm Bill, the Advanced Biofuel Payment Program supports… Read more »

Not much progress in Wisconsin fields

Winter-like weather, Thanksgiving and deer hunting resulted in not much activity in Wisconsin fields last week. The weekly Crop Progress Report from the National Ag Statistics Service Wisconsin Field Office shows 78 percent of the state’s corn-for-grain is harvested, a 5-point increase over last week but still 12 points behind the five-year average. Topsoil moisture… Read more »

NFU instructs EPA about ‘uplands’

The National Farmers Union is one of many ag groups that weighed in on the EPA’s Waters of the U.S. proposal. In discussions with the EPA, Chandler Goule, NFU’s vice president of programs, says he told them that the term “upland” has no meaning on his Texas farm where his family had installed an in-ground… Read more »

Eau Claire teacher wins Ag in the Classroom honor

                                                                                                                             (Tumaniec & Kannel) Tracey Tumaniec, a fifth grade teacher at Manz Elementary School in Eau Claire, is the recipient of Wisconsin Farm Bureau Ag in the Classroom’s Outstanding Teacher Award. Each year the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Foundation recognizes a teacher for their efforts in educating students on the importance of agriculture. Teachers of all… Read more »

Groups seek to force GMO moratorium

The Centers for Food Safety (CFS) and Earthjustice have filed papers in federal district court in Honolulu seeking to enforce a moratorium on the planting, growth, testing or cultivation of genetically modified crops in Maui County, Hawaii. On November 4th; citizens of Maui County voted to halt the cultivation of GE crops until an environmental… Read more »

Wisconsin farmer to lead U.S.F.R.A.

Nancy Kavazanjian of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin has been elected chair of the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance.  USFRA consists of more than 80 farmer and rancher-led organizations working to build consumer trust in the way American agriculture produces food. In just a little more than three years in existence, the group has developed some valuable… Read more »

EPA sorting through WOTUS comments

Karl Brooks, the Region 7 Administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Administration tells Brownfield that the  Waters of the U.S. proposal is in a different phase now that the comment period has ended. “The objective of the agency now is to sort through those comments, look for the ones that help us accomplish our goals,… Read more »

China agrees to curb greenhouse gas emissions

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An agreement between the U.S. and China is being heralded as a breakthrough in global climate change efforts. While attending the annual Asian Pacific Economic Conference in Beijing this week, China’s president set a target to reduce fossil fuel emissions by 2030.  This is the first time Beijing has ever agreed to reduce emissions. The… Read more »

Wind energy transmission line hearing in Missouri

A wind energy company has proposed a 750-mile overhead transmission line to deliver wind energy to 14 states including Missouri, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio. A hearing this week by the Missouri Public Service Commission let opponents and supporters of the Grain Belt Express speak out about the line in Missouri. The line would start with… Read more »

APHIS deregulates low-lignin alfalfa

USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has granted non-regulatory status to Monsanto and Forage Genetics International for a genetically engineered low-lignin alfalfa variety. The variety, known as HarvXtra was developed by the two companies in cooperation with the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation and the U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center. Lignin increases as an alfalfa… Read more »