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“Senators Pose Concern About House Farm Bill Provision to Senate Ag Committee”

Thirteen senators have written a letter to Senate Ag Committee leaders about concerns regarding the Sound Science Act provision in the House Farm Bill. Massachusetts Senator Edward Markey says this provision would stifle high-quality science and decision-making across the federal government – and undermine protections for public health, safety and the environment – according to Agri-Pulse. A section of this provision would even require federal agencies to have guidelines to ensure and maximize the quality, objectivity, utility and integrity of scientific information the agencies rely on. These 13 Senators believe the provision would block federal scientists from using new techniques and technology, prevent the use of standard scientific tools and open the door for lawsuits from special interest groups.


“USFRA’s Transparency Survey Provides Insight Into Consumer Decisions”

The U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance recently released the results of its consumer transparency survey. For this survey – USFRA surveyed consumers on the importance of transparency in making and marketing food – including meat products. Meatingplace reports one result is that 59-percent of consumers say it’s extremely important for grocery stores and restaurants to provide information about the way the food they sell is grown and raised. More than half of respondents say they want more information than they currently receive. Another result is that 40-percent of consumers in their 20s say they often or always buy or order one food item over another because it offered more information about how or where it was grown or raised. Only 32-percent of consumers in their 30s and 40s say the information influences their purchasing decisions and 24-percent of consumers from 50 to 65-years-old say it impacts their decisions. Forty-percent of all respondents say the lack of information on where food comes from sends the message the industry has something to hide – but only 27-percent said most people don’t want to know more. Twenty-four-percent said they understood the information is difficult to provide to consumers – and 10-percent said there’s enough information available currently. In response to these results – USFRA believes the message of safe, affordable and abundant food falls flat with audiences. USFRA suggests food manufacturers should acknowledge consumer concerns and focus on the future with a commitment to continuously improve. USFRA says consumers seem to respond more to personal stories and concrete examples instead of generalities.


“Growth Energy Calls All Biofuels Supporters to Make Their Voices Heard”

In the continued fight against the oil industry and the Environmental Protection Agency’s plan to reduce the Renewable Fuel Standard – Growth Energy wants to remind renewable fuels supporters that every voice matters. As people come together in support for biofuels and work to create new jobs – and lower prices at the pump – Growth Energy says farming communities benefit and the U.S. economy continues to grow. Growth Energy believes it’s more necessary than ever to use the unified voice to speak out against EPA’s RVO proposal. Growth Energy urges supporters to let their voices be heard by encouraging EPA to move forward on energy policy – instead of backward – through the Growth Energy Action Center at www dot growth energy dot org slash action slash contact dash your dash leaders (


“Corn Exports to Latin America Going Strong”

USDA reports U.S. corn exports to Latin America are still growing. The Western Hemisphere’s overall U.S. corn imports are ahead of last year at this time by more than 67-million bushels – ant Mexico – which is the second-largest market for U.S. corn – has imported 39.4-million bushels more than last year. Colombia and Peru have also shown significant increases of U.S. corn imports – which can be attributed to free trade agreements removing barriers and making U.S. corn more attractive and price competitive. National Corn Growers Association Trade Policy and Biotechnology Action Team Chair Jim Zimmerman says the work done on a policy level is directly impacting corn markets – and right now – farmers understand the importance of fostering all markets – especially due to the abundance grown in 2013. Zimmerman says tearing down barriers that allow U.S. corn customers abroad to access the U.S. supply just makes sense for U.S. agriculture and the U.S. economy.


“Continue Monitoring Grain Bins During Winter”

DuPont Pioneer experts know the importance of monitoring stored grain throughout the storage period. Even during these winter months – experts say producers should make routine checks at least every two weeks. These regular bin checks allow producers to assess their grain condition and gives them an opportunity to catch emerging problems before grain becomes spoiled. Some tips for monitoring grain include smelling exhaust to detect musty odors – which could indicate mold; checking the grain surface for crusting, wet areas, molds and insects and rodents; checking the grain temperature and moisture; probing the grain mass to check for hot spots; checking inside the building’s roof for condensation and leaks; and ensuring the building’s exterior is well-drained, weather-tight, rodent-free and not physically damaged. For more information on properly checking grain bins – visit www dot Pioneer dot com (

SOURCE: NAFB News Service