JBS to buy Cargill’s pork operations

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JBS USA Pork has entered into an agreement to buy Cargill’s U.S. pork business for $1.45 billion.  Included in the acquisition is Cargill’s processing plants in Ottumwa, Iowa and Beardstown, Illinois.  Those plants processed 9.3 million hogs in 2014.  JBS also gets Cargill’s five feed mills in Missouri, Arkansas, Iowa and Texas and four hog… Read more »

Obama opens Cuban embassies

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President Obama has approved the opening of Cuban embassies in Washington, DC and Havana – and the move is seen as another positive development for ag trade with Cuba. Mike Albertson, with the Illinois Soybean Growers says “Better trade relations lead to better diplomatic relations, which in turn lead to even better trade relations.” Albertson… Read more »

“Our land is borrowed from our children”

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Concerns about soybean sustainability and consumer acceptance around the world are being discussed between soybean growing countries at a gathering in Chicago. The United Soybean Board (Check-off), U.S. Soybean Export Council and American Soybean Association are hosting the 18th International Oilseed Producers Dialogue. USB Chairman Bob Haselwood, a soybean grower in Kansas, says soybean farmers… Read more »

Growing list of states suing EPA

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There’s a growing list of states now suing the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers over the EPA’s Clean Water Act rule which expands the definition of ‘Waters of the United States.’ Ohio and Michigan are among the 27 states that have filed suit. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says the rule clearly violates both the… Read more »

Thirteen states sue EPA and Corps

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Thirteen states filed suit today against the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers over the EPA’s Clean Water Rule, formerly known as Waters of the United States. The rule is set to take effect in two months. The lawsuit was filed in federal court in North Dakota.  Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster, who… Read more »

EPA’s water rule to take effect Aug. 28, 2015

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The EPA’s Clean Water Rule will take effect August 28th.  On Friday, the agency published the rule in the Federal Register.  Legal challenges to the rule are expected. Politico reports Arkansas and Oklahoma may be the first states to file – but challenges are also likely from agriculture, manufacturing, energy and other groups. Congressional efforts… Read more »

Governors criticize EPA on RFS

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An EPA official says the volumes EPA set for the Renewable Fuel Standard are appropriate but two governors in ethanol country strongly disagree. Christopher Grundler, Director of the Office of Transportation and Air Quality (OTAQ) for the EPA, says their proposed standards represent significant growth over 2014 as Congress intended, “It’s our judgment that the pace that… Read more »

EPA hears RFS concerns in the Heartland

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An EPA hearing in the Heartland has drawn hundreds of farmers and others to Kansas City, Kansas today. Testimony is underway from those for and against the EPAs latest renewable fuel volume obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard, RFS. Bob Greco with the American Petroleum Institute says Congress should repeal or reform the RFS. Tom… 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 »

COOL is subject of Senate Ag Committee hearing

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Sharply differing viewpoints on country-of-origin labeling were aired Thursday at a Senate Agriculture Committee hearing. Among those testifying was Barry Carpenter, CEO of the North American Meat Institute. “Let’s be candid.  The most vocal proponents of COOL for livestock have a single objective—to block the importation of livestock from our neighbors,” Carpenter said. “The law… Read more »