05-18-16 NMPF IDFA Joint News Release: Dairy Industry Applauds School Milk Support…

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Dairy Industry Applauds School Milk Support

Child Nutrition and Education Act of 2016 Passed House Committee Today

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Dairy leaders applaud the House Education and Workforce Committee for including key dairy provisions in the Improving Child Nutrition and Education Act of 2016, which was approved today by the committee. A bipartisan amendment  by Congressmen G.T. Thompson (R-PA) and Joe Courtney (D-CT), specifically targeted at addressing declining school milk consumption, was unanimously approved. Continue reading

05-18-16 NCBA: International Trade Commission Report Shows Economic Benefit of TPP…

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International Trade Commission Report Shows Economic Benefit of TPP

WASHINGTON (May 18, 2016) – Today, the U.S. International Trade Commission released its report on the economic benefit of the Trans-Pacific Partnership to the U.S. economy. National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President Tracy Brunner said this report confirms that TPP not only levels the playing field for U.S. beef exports, but also supports U.S. economic growth. Continue reading

05-18-16 NFU Statement on Proposed RFS Volume Targets…

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WASHINGTON (May 18, 2016) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed today its Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) renewable volume obligations (RVO) for 2017 at 18.8 billion gallons, which fall more than 5 billion gallons below the statutory volume levels set by Congress.

Pointing to the connection between reliable implementation of the RFS and achievement of the Administration’s climate goals, the National Farmers Union (NFU) released the following statement in response to today’s announcement: Continue reading

05-18-16 AESI Chairman Talent: EPA’s 2017 biofuel targets fall short…

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Washington, D.C. – Following today’s announcement by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of its proposed Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs) for 2017, Americans for Energy Security and Innovation (AESI) Chairman Jim Talent issued the following statement:     Continue reading

05-18-16 Growth Energy: EPA Proposal: Moves RFS Forward, Improvement Still Needed…

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Proposal increases Renewable Volume Obligations for 2017 but does not fulfill Congressional intent

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released proposed 2017 Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs) for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The conventional biofuel amount of 14.8 billion gallons is an increase from 14.5 billion gallons in 2016, but falls short of the RFS law. In response Emily Skor, CEO of Growth Energy, issued the following statement: Continue reading

05-18-16 ACE: EPA should increase 2017 RFS blending levels as gasoline use reaches record highs…

 

ACE: EPA should increase 2017 RFS blending levels as gasoline use reaches record highs…

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Sioux Falls, SD (May 18, 2016) – Brian Jennings, Executive Vice President of the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE), issued the following statement after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released proposed renewable volume obligations (RVOs) for the 2017 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

“A top excuse EPA has used to rein-in the RFS is data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) which indicate falling gasoline consumption.  EPA has claimed they can’t require oil companies to add more ethanol to a shrinking gasoline pool because of the so-called E10 blend wall,” said Jennings.  “Under that logic, EPA’s ethanol blending volumes for 2017 should increase to statutory levels because gasoline use is on a steady rise and will set a new record this year.” Continue reading

05-18-16 NCGA Statement on EPA’s Proposed 2017 Renewable Volume Obligation…

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The following is a statement from Maryland farmer Chip Bowling, president of the National Corn Growers Association, in response to today’s announcement by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency of the proposed renewable volume obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard.
 
“EPA has moved in a better direction, but we are disappointed that they set the ethanol number below statute. The Renewable Fuel Standard is working for America. It has made our air cleaner. It has spurred investment in rural communities and created high-tech jobs. It has given drivers more choices at the gas pump. And it has reduced our dependency on foreign oil. Any reduction in the statutory amount takes America backward – destabilizing our environment, our economy, and our energy security.

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05-18-16 EPA Proposes Increase in Renewable Fuel Levels…

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today proposed increases in renewable fuel volume requirements across all types of biofuels under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program. The proposed increases would boost renewable fuel production and provide for ambitious yet achievable growth.

“The Renewable Fuel Standards program is a success story that has driven biofuel production and use in the U.S. to levels higher than any other nation,” said Janet McCabe, acting assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation. “This administration is committed to keeping the RFS program on track, spurring continued growth in biofuel production and use, and achieving the climate and energy independence benefits that Congress envisioned from this program.”

The proposed volumes would represent growth over historic levels: Continue reading

05-18-16 BLM Gathering Public Input on Coal Program at Six Public Meetings…

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BLM Gathering Public Input on Coal Program at Six Public Meetings

Public Participation is Next Step in Comprehensive Coal Program Review

Washington, D.C.—As the next step in the Department of the Interior’s comprehensive review of the federal coal program, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will solicit public input at six public meetings starting with Casper, Wyo., on May 17. 

Meetings in Casper, Wyo., Salt Lake City, Knoxville, Seattle, and Grand Junction, Colo., will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. local time.  The Pittsburgh meeting will be held from 1 to 7 p.m. local time.  Specifics for all of the upcoming public scoping meetings can be found below:                                           Continue reading

05-18-16 Inside Quantum Water & Environment: Tributary vs Non-Tributary and more…

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Theresa Jehn-Dellaport, President of Quantum Water & Environment

Theresa Jehn-Dellaport, President of Quantum Water & Environment

(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) May 18th, 2016 – Joining the CO Ag News Network once again inside the BARN to answer questions about the the Upper Pierre & Upper Laramie Aquifers and much more is Theresa Jehn-Dellaport, President of Quantum Water & Environment, headquartered in Lakewood, CO…

  • What is QWE?
  • Tributary vs Non-Tributary
  • Aquifers in Northern CO: Upper Pierre & Upper Laramie
  • Protecting YOUR water rights thru adjudication
  • Costs / Benefits
  • & much more

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To learn more about Quantum Water & Environment please visit www.quantumwaterco.com , or follow QWE on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, GooglePlus and YouTube as well.

05-18-16 USDA Announces $21 Million Available For Bioeconomy Research and Development…

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USDA Announces $21 Million Available For Bioeconomy Research and Development

WASHINGTON, May 18, 2016 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the availability of $21 million to support the development of regional systems in sustainable bioenergy and biobased products, as well as education and training for the next generation of scientists that will expand availability of renewable, sustainable goods and energy. This funding is available through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill and administered by USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). Continue reading

05-18-16 BLM seeks comments on parcels offered in November oil and gas lease sale…

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DENVER – The Bureau of Land Management is accepting public comments on its proposal to lease 35 parcels totaling 25,000 acres in the Royal Gorge, Grand Junction, Colorado River Valley and Tres Rios field offices at its Nov. 10, 2016, quarterly oil and gas lease sale. Continue reading

05-18-16 Partnership Between Dozens of Land-Grant Institutions Helps Create National Atmospheric Deposition Program…

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WASHINGTON, DC—Over forty land-grant institutions and dozens of partner organizations are working together to ensure the continued success of the National Atmospheric Deposition Program (NADP), which monitors pollutants in precipitation, or atmospheric wet deposition that can accumulate in soils and bodies of waters and affect plants, animals, and humans. This work fosters environmental stewardship, ensures food safety and human health, and improves agricultural productivity. Continue reading

05-18-16 NCIS: In Contrast to the Critics, Crop Insurance Does Not Discriminate…

In Contrast to the Critics, Crop Insurance Does Not Discriminate

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Perennial critics of farm policy have taken aim at one of the key risk management tools for farmers – crop insurance – and are ramping up efforts to spread misinformation about the program. Specifically, they are trying to distort how the premium discount works to leave some farmers with fewer risk management options. Continue reading

05-18-16 ASTA Statement on NAS GE Report…

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ASTA Statement on NAS GE Report

Alexandria, Va.—May 18, 2016—American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) President & CEO Andrew LaVigne made the following statement regarding the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) report, Genetically Engineered Crops: Experience and Prospects:

“We’re pleased the NAS has taken the time to perform a thorough, scientific review of genetically engineered (GE) crops.  Their findings reinforce what we’ve known all along: GE crops are safe.  Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, May 18th…

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New Report Supports GMO’s Amid Labeling Debate

A new report by the National Academies of Sciences released Tuesday concludes that genetically modified organisms cause no more health problems for people than other foods. Specifically, the report says there is “no substantiated evidence of a difference in risks to human health between current commercially available genetically engineered crops and conventionally bred crops.” The 388-page report comes as lawmakers are still attempting to reach a compromise in the U.S. Senate to create a national standard for GMO labeling before Vermont’s mandatory labeling law starts in July. While members of the Senate Agriculture Committee are working out a compromise, the details have yet to be made public. The Senate failed to move forward on a voluntary labeling bill earlier this year. Among other things within Tuesday’s report, the researchers say the study found no evidence that the adoption of genetically engineered crops in the U.S. has increased the rate at which crop yields are rising. The report also found no conclusive evidence of relationships between genetically modified crops and environmental problems.

Broadcasters: Read all 388 pages here: http://www.nap.edu/read/23395/chapter/1

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USDA to Join Panel Reviewing ChemChina, Syngenta Deal

Sources tell Reuters USDA will take part in the U.S. panel that will review the ChemChina acquisition of Syngenta. State-owned ChemChina and Swiss-based Syngenta agreed to the $43 billion acquisition earlier this year. However, U.S. lawmakers want a review of the deal. Lawmakers also asked that USDA be part of the review so “the potential impact of the transaction on domestic food security could be better assessed.” USDA and Treasury Department officials have declined to respond or confirm that USDA will be part of the review by the Treasury Department’s Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States. Syngenta said earlier this year it would make a voluntary filing with the committee for its deal with China’s state-owned firm “even though no obvious national security concerns were identified.” The ChemChina acquisition of Syngenta would be the largest foreign acquisition ever by a Chinese company.

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USDA Increases Sugar Allotment Quantity

USDA Tuesday announced an increase to the fiscal year 2016 Overall Allotment Quantity for domestic sugar. The move comes as sugar beet growers in the U.S. are expected to grow a record crop, despite a push against genetically modified sugar beets, bringing uncertainty to the sugar market. USDA charges the uncertainty is in part due to inaction on GMO labeling legislation and a lack of consumer information about genetic technology. As part of the announcement, USDA also reassigned some of the projected surplus sugar marketing allotments among processors and reallocated part of the surplus cane sugar marketing allotment to raw cane sugar imports. As per U.S. sugar policy, each year, USDA forecasts’ U.S. sugar consumption and decides whether to limit the amount that U.S. producers can market. At the same time, USDA allocates market share to 41 foreign countries based on U.S. import commitments in trade agreements. USDA has reassigned 500,000 short tons raw value of cane sector domestic supply shortfall to imports. The overall fiscal 2016 U.S. raw sugar tariff-rate quota is now 1.3 million short tons raw value.

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Industry Group Applauds Access to Taiwan for American Lamb Exports

The American Sheep Industry Association says the opening of Taiwan to American lamb products will provide long-term export growth. The Association’s President, Burton Pfliger (flig-er) of North Dakota, says opening the market provides an opportunity for high-quality cuts of American lamb that will command a premium in Taiwan. Earlier this week, USDA announced the approval of lamb products for export to Taiwan, a market closed for more than a decade to the sheep industry. U.S. lamb was collateral damage in several key markets, including Taiwan, following the first U.S. case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (in-sef-o-lop-athy), or BSE, commonly known as mad cow disease, in December 2003. Last year, Taiwan imported nearly 18,000 metric tons of lamb and sheep meat products, valued at more than $74 million. 

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Lawmaker Optimistic Regarding Lesser Prairie Chicken Delisting

Kansas Republican Senator Jerry Moran says he is cautiously optimistic regarding the fight against listing the lesser prairie chicken as a threatened species. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service recently announced it will not pursue an appeal of the federal court decision to vacate the threatened species listing. Kansas became center stage for the fight against listing the lesser prairie chicken. In a weekly newsletter, Moran says he is worried the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service made a strategic decision to restart the listing process for the bird instead of continuing to fight a losing battle in court. Moran says “stakeholders in Kansas need certainty on the listing, adding that he asked the Fish and Wildlife Service regarding its future intentions on the listing. The bird’s population has increased near 50 percent since 2013 at the end of a multi-year drought. Moran says rainfall, plus locally-driven, voluntary conservation plans, are best suited to preserve and grow the population, “not more burdensome regulations from the federal government.”

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Midwest Farmers, Agronomist, Sue Monsanto Over Cancer Diagnosis 

Three farmers from Nebraska along with an agronomist, all diagnosed with cancer, have filed a lawsuit against Monsanto. The farmers allege that Monsanto mislead the public about the dangers of the world’s most widely used herbicide ingredient, glyphosate. The Lincoln Journal Star reports the lawsuit alleges Monsanto “concealed or systematically sought to discredit” research showing a link between the chemical and cancer. In March of last year, the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer labeled glyphosate as a probable cause of cancer in humans and said it is most associated with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, the same cancer the Nebraska farmers were diagnosed with. However, many further reports from the Unites States and the European Union discredit the IARC findings and say glyphosate is not likely to cause cancer in humans. Similar lawsuits have also been brought against Monsanto by agricultural workers in other states, including California and Delaware.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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