NCGA Chair Comments on Planting Progress

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NCGA-Logo-3Corn farmers nationwide planted about one third of the corn acreage nationwide in one week last week according to USDA’s latest crop progress report. The phenomenal progress included an increase of 38% in Nebraska and Illinois, 41% more in Missouri, 45% in Minnesota and an additional 54% of the acreage in Iowa.

In this interview, Martin Barbre, Chairman of the National Corn Growers Association, talks about the planting progress and how precision farming technology helps farmers take advantage of the weather windows when they happen quickly and makes them more sustainable as well. Interview with NCGA Chairman Martin Barbre of Illinois

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USDA Announces Conservation Partnership Funds

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usda-rccpIn Colorado today, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the availability of up to $235 million to improve conservation efforts through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP).

Vilsack made the announcement in Denver at a ceremony for the Colorado Pressurized Small Hydropower Partnership Project, a 2015-funded project that focuses on water quantity resource concerns in Colorado.

Listen to press conference with Vilsack and Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture Don Brown: USDA Regional Conservation Partnership announcement

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Avian Flu Cases Multiply in Iowa

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branstad-hpaiIowa Governor Terry Branstad declared a state of emergency late Friday in Iowa after four new probable cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) were detected in his state, bringing the total now to 21 farms involving over 16 million birds. That includes one quarter of the number one egg state’s laying hen population, roughly six percent of the national total.

Branstad held a press conference on Friday with Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey and Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Director Mark Schouten. Iowa Gov declares state of emergency due to HPAI

Additional audio from Secy. Northey press conference on 4/30/15.
Iowa Ag Secretary Bill Northey comments on impact of new HPAI cases Iowa Ag Secretary Bill Northey comments on indemnity payments

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Senators Call for Revised WOTUS

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wotus-senateA bipartisan group of U.S. Senators introduced a bill Thursday that calls on EPA to develop a new “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) proposal.

The senators, including John Barrasso (R-WY), Joe Donnelly (D-IN), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Joe Manchin (D-WV), jointly introduced the Federal Water Quality Protection Act, directing EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to issue a revised WOTUS rule that “does not include things such as isolated ponds, ditches, agriculture water, storm water, groundwater, floodwater, municipal water supply systems, wastewater management systems, and streams without enough flow to carry pollutants to navigable waters.”

Audio of press conference: Senators introduce bill to revise WOTUS

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NAFB 2015 Washington Watch

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Thanks to our friends at Agri-Pulse we have some great audio to share from the National Association of Farm Broadcasting annual Washington Watch.

First Doan Award PresentedSen. Roberts takes questions from farm broadcasters

ARA Supports Food Labeling ActInterview with Darren Coppock, ARA president and CEO

Interview with Bob Dinneen, RFA CEO

Mixed Signals on Biotech from EU
Interview with Bob Stallman, AFBF Interview with Zach Kinne, NCGA Interview with Richard Wilkins, ASA

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Famous Idaho Potato Tour 2015

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Famous Potato TourThe Big Idaho Potato on wheels and Tater Team is back on the road. Track it’s progress here. This is its fourth cross-country tour with a new mission to help local charities across the U.S. In a five-month period, the truck will visit 60 cities, travel 22,087 miles and help dozens of charities better serve their communities.

Listen to/download some soundbites from Frank Muir, President & CEO, Idaho Potato Commission, about this year’s tour: Frank Muir Remarks

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First Anniversary of Bayer Bee Care Center

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Bayer Bee Care CenterBayer CropScience celebrated the first anniversary of their North American Bee Care Center located in RTP, NC.

Bayer’s Jim Blome and Becky Langer were joined by Dr. Richard Reich, agricultural services assistant commissioner, North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services, who spoke of the importance of the Center’s work, public-private partnerships and the importance of agriculture to the North Carolina economy. You can listen to/download some remarks from them here: Bee Care Center Remarks

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2015 Chicken Media Summit

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cms-15-28 copyThe 2015 Chicken Media Summit took place on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The event brought together journalists, bloggers, dietitians and many others representing the poultry industry. The National Chicken Council and U.S. Poultry & Egg Association brought the unique group together to open the doors for a day of touring a hatchery, chicken farm and processing facility. Great dialogue was started and many questions answered. Checkout the photos from the event and audio. More added daily.

Photos from the event can be found here:
2015 Chicken Media Summit Photo Album

Audio from the event can be found here:
Industry Addresses New H5N2 OutbreaksInterview with Dr. John Glisson, U.S. Poultry & Egg Association

Chicken Summit Tackles Industry MythsInterview with Tom Super, National Chicken Council

Looking Forward to the Future of ChickenInterview with Christine Daughtery, Tyson Foods

Chicken Litter – A Hot CommodityInterview with Jenny Rhodes, Extension Educator, University of Maryland

Raising the Innovation Bar for the ConsumerInterview with CEO of Perdue Farms, Jim Perdue

The Science Behind Food SafetyInterview with Dr. Ashley Peterson, VP of Scientific & Regulatory Affairs, National Chicken Council

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White House Climate Initiative Announced

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climate-vilsackAgriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and presidential advisor Brian Deese visited Michigan State University Thursday to announce a comprehensive national strategy to partner with farmers, ranchers and forest land owners to address the threat of climate change. The new initiative, “Building Blocks for Climate Smart Agriculture & Forestry”, will utilize voluntary, incentive-based conservation, forestry, and energy programs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase carbon sequestration and expand renewable energy production in the agricultural and forestry sectors.

Listen to or download announcement here: White House Climate Change initiative announcement

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