NFU on RFS Report and Congress Action

Cindy Zimmerman

The National Farmers Union represented agriculture on a Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) advisory group that helped develop a new report on “Options for Reforming the Renewable Fuel Standard.” NFU vice president of programs Chandler Goule discusses the advisory group makeup being skewed toward Big Oil, and NFU’s objections to policy recommendations made in the report. In this interview, Goule also …

Advanced Biofuels, Ag Group, audio, Biodiesel, Biofuels, Ethanol, Farm Policy

Group Hopeful Conference will end Catfish Program

Cindy Zimmerman

The National Fisheries Institute is hopeful that the farm bill conference committee will finally repeal the USDA catfish inspection program that was authorized in the 2008 farm bill. In this interview, Gavin Gibbons with the Institute, talks about support in Congress for the repeal and threats of WTO-sanctioned retaliation against U.S. ag exports by Vietnam and China if the law …

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Interview with Growth Energy Economist

Cindy Zimmerman

Growth Energy Vice President and Chief Economist Jim Miller has served many roles in his career, from leadership positions with the National Farmers Union and National Association of Wheat Growers to Senior Policy Advisor on the Budget Committee under Senator Kent Conrad (D-ND) and USDA Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agriculture Services, so he’s had his share of farm …

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NFU Press Conference

Cindy Zimmerman

The National Farmers Union held a star-studded press conference Monday in Washington to highlight two important issues for agriculture – passing a farm bill this year, and maintaining the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Speakers at the event included Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) , Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), legendary rocker Neil Young, and NFU President Roger …

Ag Group, audio, Ethanol, Farm Policy, government

Farm Bill Fallout Audio

Cindy Zimmerman

The shock over the defeat of the farm bill in the U.S. House of Representatives had barely sunk in Thursday when the blame game began. Here is some audio from the House floor and other sources on who is to blame and what happens now. Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) and Minority Whip Steney Hoyer (D-VA) blame each others’ parties: …

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House Farm Bill Defeated

Cindy Zimmerman

Despite an impassioned plea by House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas to “move this bill forward” the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013 (FARRM) failed on a vote of 194 to 234, with 60 Republicans joining the majority of Democrats to defeat the House version of the farm bill.

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Farm Bureau Propsal for Farm Bill

Cindy Zimmerman

The American Farm Bureau Federation sent a farm bill proposal to Capitol Hill this week that offers a diverse mix of risk management and safety net tools to benefit a wide range of farms and it saves $23 billion compared to the cost of continuing the current program. “We’ve tried to look at providing farmers a three-legged safety net stool …

Ag Group, audio, Farm Policy

Vilsack at North American Ag Journalists Meeting

Cindy Zimmerman

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack spoke to the North American Agricultural Journalists annual meeting on April 8, covering a variety of important issues, including immigration and getting a new food, farm and jobs bill. “I believe we will have a bill this year because we have to have a bill this year,” Vilsack said, noting the need to resolve issues such …

Farm Policy, government