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USDA corn forecast among biggest in history

March 31, 2013 --

By American Farm Bureau Federation

A crop report issued today by the Agriculture Department indicates that America’s farmers are preparing to plant 97.3 million acres of corn, one of the largest crops in history, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation. The forecast is on target with what grain industry analysts had expected.

“The forecast gives us an indication of what farmers intend to plant as of early March, but between now and fall harvest the influence of still-dry soils, volatile commodity prices and weather uncertainty will play out, which may change what farmers plant,” said AFBF crops economist Todd Davis.

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Ethanol groups calls for investigation of oil industry

March 30, 2013 --

RFA Requests Multi-Agency Investigation into Oil Industry’s Discriminatory and Unlawful Conduct

Renewable Fuels Association

In a letter sent to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the Department of Energy (DoE) and the Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) requested a multi-agency investigation into “the oil industry’s highly discriminatory and unlawful conduct — conduct that is impeding the delivery of renewable fuels to the American marketplace.”

The focus of this letter is a recounting of recent events at Zarco 66, the first marketer in the United States to offer E15.

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House considers Catastrophic Wildfire Prevention Act

March 29, 2013 --

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association

The Public Lands Council (PLC), National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and Arizona Cattle Growers’ Association (ACGA) expressed strong support for the Catastrophic Wildfire Prevention Act of 2013 (H.R. 1345), reintroduced with bipartisan support by Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.). This bill, familiar from the last session of Congress, facilitates an expedited process to reduce hazardous fuel loads on federal lands through livestock grazing and timber harvesting.

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Oregon’s wave energy setback

March 28, 2013 --

waveOregon’s wave energy faces setback
By Natural Resource News Note:

From Coos Bay World,

“A much vaunted wave energy park off the South Coast may not be finished this year in part because of financial issues.  In its third quarter financial results, Ocean Power Technologies said “regulator, business and financial factors” may delay the installation of its PowerBuoy system off Reedsport beyond 2013. The company cited compliance with Federal Energy Regulatory Commission reporting requirements as one of the factors.FERC issued OPT a 35-year license for the wave energy park in August. If completed, the park will be the first commercial wave energy operation in the U.S. “


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Illegal pot growers a threat to farmers

March 27, 2013 --
Christine Souza
By California Farm Bureau

Illegal marijuana grows cause significant environmental degradation in California, a Department of Fish and Wildlife official says.
(Photo courtesy of Lt. John Nores Jr.)

For years, farmers and ranchers living in the “Emerald Triangle” of Mendocino, Humboldt and Trinity counties have dealt with trespassers who cultivate marijuana on properties they own, lease or manage. In the last decade, however, these “trespass grows” have become more predominant on resource and agricultural lands throughout California and are larger in size, result in significant environmental damage, and endanger public safety.

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Tuesday holds 3 anti-GE farming bills

March 26, 2013 --

By Oregonians for Food and Shelter

Several important bills are up for a hearing Tuesday March 26 at 8:00am at the Capitol

If you grow, or ever plan on growing, genetically engineered (GE) crops, tuesday’s hearing on three anti-biotechnology bills is extremely important.

HB 2319 – Declares that the planting, growing, or harvesting of a GE crop is not considered a “farming practice”, and requires ODA to regulate these crops. HB 2319 would put ODA in charge of “protecting” non-genetically engineered (GE) crop growers from GE material from neighbors. It allows ODA to have GE crops removed if they are perceived as a threat to neighbors, and gives them authority to collect civil penalties up to $10,000. OFS opposes this bill because it puts a new burden on GE growers to prove they are no threat to neighbor’s crops, and suggests that GE crops are something that needs to be avoided.

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Lawsuit Filed to Overturn Latest Spotted Owl Critical Habitat

March 25, 2013 --

Oregon Timber Industry Comments on Senate County Payments Hearing and Outlines Real Solutions

By American Forest Research Counci

The American Forest Resource Council joined the Carpenters Industrial Council, Siskiyou County, California, and a group of forest products manufacturers and private forest landowners in a lawsuit to overturn the latest Northern Spotted Owl critical habitat designation. The case was filed in federal District Court in Washington, D.C., against the Secretary of Interior and the Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

“We just don’t understand why the Fish and Wildlife Service persists in writing rules that hurt the folks living in our rural communities, while doing very little to help the species they are trying to protect,” said AFRC President Tom Partin.

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Farmers face payment cuts this Fall

March 24, 2013 --

Wheat-Growers-National-AssociationFarmers to Receive a Reduction in Direct Payments This Fall
By National Association of Wheat Growers

Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, alerted the hill on Wednesday that the Department will reduce payments received earlier this year due to sequestration. The reductions are primarily in three programs: Milk Income Loss Contract (MILC), Supplemental Revenue Assistance (SURE) and Noninsured Disaster Assistance Program (NAP), and won’t exceed 8.5%. Instead of asking farmers to pay back the money they’ve already received, the Department plans to take the cut out of future direct payments. If a farmer is not receiving a direct payment this year – yet has already received a payment from one of the three programs mentioned – it is speculated that those producers would be put on a credit ledger, and any future payments will be reduced.

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Congress funds Ag with cuts

March 23, 2013 --

farm-bureua-usaCongress Keeps the Government Open
Newsline with Johnna Miller, Director of Media Development,
American Farm Bureau Federation

Hooray! Congress averted a fiscal crisis with time to spare! American Farm Bureau budget specialist RJ Karney explains what the “continuing resolution” means for U.S. agriculture in this report from AFBF’s Johnna Miller.

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Opposition to horse slaughter ban

March 22, 2013 --

National-farmers-union-nfuNational Farmers Union

National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson released the following statement in response to the introduction of the Safeguard American Food Exports Act (SAFE), which would prohibit horse slaughter operations in the U.S. as well as prohibiting transport of the animals across the U.S. border for slaughter in Mexico and Canada:

“NFU has strongly opposed any ban on horse slaughter in the past and is also opposed to the legislation currently being proposed. The subject of horse slaughter has gained increasing momentum in the media recently and, unfortunately, the narrative being played is plagued with misinformation.

“Proponents of the ban frequently argue that slaughtering horses is not humane, but it’s certainly more humane than leaving horses no longer fit for riding or other purposes to die from neglect, which is what is certain to happen in too many cases if this ban is enacted.

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