Koster files egg bill appeal

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Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster and plaintiffs from five other states have filed an appeal in the case of the California egg legislation they are fighting. Last October, a district judge in California tossed out their lawsuit against California’s Proposition Two, which requires eggs produced in California and elsewhere to meet that state’s new enlarged-cage… Read more »

Ag leaders seek time on dietary guidelines

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The head of the U.S. House Agriculture Committee has sent a letter about concerns over recommended dietary guidelines being considered by Ag Secretary Ton Vilsack and Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell to the secretaries. A government advisory committee has recommended less consumption of red and processed meats – and for the first time… Read more »

Latham sees decade long struggle

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Factors like lower commodity prices and ag policy have former Iowa Congressman Tom Latham concerned about the next ten years for farmers. Latham says “the potential for lower commodity prices, tax policy, changes in technology, government regulations, food policy, trade, what happens with the US budget, and what happens…I think…with the relationship today, of agriculture… Read more »

Antibiotic bill in Senate aimed at animal ag

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A bill introduced in the U.S. Senate called the “Prevention of Antibiotic Resistance Act” is directed at livestock agriculture production. The bill, sponsored by Senators Dianne Feinstein of California and Susan Collins of Maine (and co-sponsored by Senators Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York), would require the FDA to withdraw its… Read more »

Farmer: Price outlook “pretty bleak”

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The price of commodities is an overarching concern among growers. Wayne Fredericks is president-elect of the Iowa Soybean Association and a director on the board of the American Soybean Association. He says the price outlook is pretty bleak, “The outlook at the moment is down, although we’ve seen a really good rally in soybeans the last… Read more »

Reaction to the sign-up extension

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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced a one-time extension of the deadline to update base acres or yield history for the ARC and PLC programs. Vilsack made the announcement today at Commodity Classic in Phoenix. Farmers now have until March 31st to update yields and reallocate base acres. The original deadline was today. Kenneth Hartman,… Read more »

First sign-up deadline extended

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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced a one-time extension of the deadline to update base acres or yield history for the ARC and PLC programs. Farmers now have until March 31st to update yields and reallocate base acres. The original deadline was today (Friday). The deadline for choosing between ARC and PLC remains March 31st…. Read more »

Misguided legislation to undercut RFS

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Another attempt to undercut the Renewable Fuels Standard. Senator’s Feinstein of California and Toomey of Pennsylvania have introduced legislation that the head of the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) would seriously undermine the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) by costing jobs, raise gasoline prices and slow innovation of advanced biofuels, such as cellulosic ethanol. Bob Dinneen, president… Read more »

Branstad approves gas tax hike in Iowa

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As expected, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad has approved the bill increasing the state’s gas tax by a dime a gallon. “I know it’s not easy and I know that there are also people who feel strongly on the other side,” Branstad told reporters, “but there is a critical need for additional funding for our roads… Read more »

Iowa farm groups laud action on fuel tax

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Iowa farm groups are applauding the Iowa legislature’s approval of a 10-cent increase in the state’s fuel tax.  The increase is expected to generate more than 200 million dollars annually for road and bridge repair. Craig Hill is the president of Iowa Farm Bureau. “No one wants to see a tax increase, but I believe it’s… Read more »