NCBA calls Senator Booker’s bill misguided

NCBA calls Senator Booker’s bill misguided

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association calls a bill introduced by Senator Cory Booker misguided. The Farm System Reform Act, reintroduced Wednesday by the New Jersey Democrat, would place a moratorium on concentrated animal feeding operations, known as CAFOs. Specifically, the legislation would place an immediate moratorium on new and expanding…
NCGA supports legislation to provide E15 market access solution

NCGA supports legislation to provide E15 market access solution

ST. LOUIS (July 14, 2021) – The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) thanks bipartisan members of Congress in both the House and Senate for their continued support of corn growers and rural America through the introduction of legislation that would ensure higher blends of ethanol, specifically E15, are available in the marketplace…
Groups press for higher octane fuel standard

Groups press for higher octane fuel standard

A coalition of farm and renewable fuel organizations urge the Biden administration to propose a higher octane fuel standard. In a letter to President Joe Biden this week, the coalition also requested the Environmental Protection Agency open a comment period on the role high octane low carbon fuels can play…
USDA to Provide Pandemic Assistance to Livestock Producers for Animal Losses

USDA to Provide Pandemic Assistance to Livestock Producers for Animal Losses

WASHINGTON— Livestock and poultry producers who suffered losses during the pandemic due to insufficient access to processing can apply for assistance for those losses and the cost of depopulation and disposal of the animals. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Vilsack announced the Pandemic Livestock Indemnity Program (PLIP) in…
RMA Authorizes Emergency Procedures to Help Drought-Impacted Producers

RMA Authorizes Emergency Procedures to Help Drought-Impacted Producers

WASHINGTON, July 13, 2021 – The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is authorizing emergency procedures to help agricultural producers impacted by extreme drought conditions.  USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) is working with crop insurance companies to streamline and accelerate the adjustment of losses and issuance of indemnity payments to crop insurance…
USDA announces dates for Conservation Reserve Program Grasslands signups

USDA announces dates for Conservation Reserve Program Grasslands signups

Farmers can apply for the Conservation Reserve Program Grasslands signup until August 20. This year, the Department of Agriculture updated signup options to provide greater incentives for producers and increase the program's conservation and climate benefits, including setting a minimum rental rate and identifying two national priority zones. The CRP…
Biden signs economic competition executive order

Biden signs economic competition executive order

President Joe Biden signed an executive order Friday directing the Department of Agriculture to engage in rulemaking on several issues. The executive order, focused on promoting competition in the U.S. economy, includes provisions on livestock markets and right to repair. The order directs USDA to consider new rules under the…
New USDA grading dashboard expands access to data

New USDA grading dashboard expands access to data

The Department of Agriculture Friday announced a new Grading Dashboard, capturing current and historical quality grade and volume information for beef, lamb and veal. The Dashboard includes data published through the weekly USDA National Steer and Heifer Estimated Grading Percent Report and expands the information to include veal and lamb…
Biden administration sets sights on big business

Biden administration sets sights on big business

On Friday the Biden Administration signed a slew of executive orders targeting big consolidated businesses in the US. In a press release from the White House the Biden Administration boasted the economic recovery the US is seeing following the pandemic with the country creating an additional 3 million jobs. Building…