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Monday, October 24,2011

Ag groups back revenue-based plan

by DTN
The American Soybean Association (ASA), the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), and the National Farmers Union (NFU) are backing the House and Senate Ag Committee leaders decision to recommend to the deficit super committee that farm bill spending be cut by up to $23 billion over 10 years.

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Monday, October 24,2011

Mexican trucking pilot program removes tariffs

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The Department of Transportation (DOT) reported that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has completed the required steps to allow Mexican trucks to operate in the U.S. under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and has granted authorization to a Mexican carrier to make U.

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Monday, October 24,2011

Ethanol blender pumps pulled in Senate

by WLJ
A proposal that would have stopped subsidies for new gas station pumps to boost ethanol sales failed to make it into the Senate's version of USDA's fiscal 2012 budget last Wednesday.

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Monday, October 24,2011

Farm lobbies, lawmakers aggressively push agendas

by DTN
Fights began breaking out last Tuesday among agriculture interests over what the super committee might do with the farm bill, even though no one knows how the leaders of the House and Senate agriculture committees are planning to move ahead with the proposal that they sent to the super committee last Monday.

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Monday, October 24,2011

Ag productivity lagging by 25 percent

by WLJ
The current rate of agricultural productivity growth is lagging the worlds expanding demands, according to a new report released last week.

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Monday, October 24,2011

USDA eliminates reports

by WLJ
In light of funding reductions in fiscal year (FY) 2011 and the likelihood of additional reductions in FY 2012, National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) conducted deliberate reviews of all programs against mission and user-based criteria aimed...

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Monday, October 24,2011

August pork, beef exports soar to new heights

by WLJ
August was another outstanding month for U.S. pork and beef exports, according to statistics released by US- DA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). Pork exports reached their highest monthly volume of the year at 186,068 metric tons, and the second-highest value total of all time at $531.

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Monday, October 24,2011

Agriculture Future of America announces awards

by WLJ
Agriculture Future of America (AFA) is pleased to announce Paul F. Engler and Sara R. Wyant have been selected as 2011 Leader in Agriculture Award winners.

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Monday, October 24,2011

Beef cattle studies focus on residual-feed intake

by WLJ
Feed efficiency in beef cattle is getting a closer look by a Texas AgriLife Research scientist who is evaluating both feedlot performance and feed intake to improve profitability and reduce the environmental impact of beef production systems.

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Monday, October 24,2011

Trust approved to hold mitigation

by WLJ
The California Rangeland Trust is pleased to announce that Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law SB 436 (Kehoe-D), which allows approved parties, including land trusts like the Rangeland Trust, to hold mitigation conservation easements and associated endowments on projects required under the California Endangered Species Act (CESA).

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