AG Rural News

According to various sources, here’s what took place at today’s White House meeting on the RFS: President Trump reiterated his pledge to allow year-round E15 sales Ag Secretary Perdue & EPA Administrator Pruitt will consider allowing RINs from exported biofuel to count toward quotas Pruitt signaled his willingness to reallocate waived biofuel volumes No artificial cap on RIN prices We discussed those possible scenarios with University of Illinois ag economist Scott Irwin, who has been closely following the RFS debate over the past several months . Continue reading Analysis of White House RFS meeting scenarios at Brownfield Ag News.
Read more...
Beef processors have implemented sophisticated food safety systems to minimize the risk of contaminated product entering commerce. One of the final steps in this system is called test-and-hold, where beef trimmings are sampled and tested for E. coli O157:H7 and not released for sale until the test comes back negative. Researchers at the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center (USMARC) at Clay Center, Nebraska have recently developed two new beef trim sampling methods that provide a much more representative sample of the beef trimmings. Continue reading New sampling methods for E. coli testing in beef at Brownfield Ag News.
Read more...
In a conference call this morning with ag reporters, Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley talked about the White House meeting on biofuels that will take place later today.  Grassley will be part of that meeting. AUDIO: Excerpt from Grassley’s conference call with ag reporters Continue reading Grassley comments on today’s White House meeting on biofuels at Brownfield Ag News.
Read more...
There’s no sign of letup in partisan bickering among House Agriculture Committee members about Republican-proposed farm bill work requirements for SNAP recipients.  House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway (R-Texas) said committee Democrats have done nothing but criticize the farm bill that passed out of that body last week on a party line vote. “My recollection is not one amendment [was] offered,” said Conaway Wednesday during a National Association of Farm Broadcasting Washington Watch event. Continue reading House Agriculture Committee divisions over SNAP issues persist at Brownfield Ag News.
Read more...

Ag News

A dairy leader says Friday’s House farm bill vote failed because the Freedom Caucus wants immigration dealt with first. American Dairy Coalition CEO Laurie Fischer says House Speaker Paul Ryan promised the Republican Freedom Caucus a vote on Bob Goodlatte’s Securing America’s Future Act which includes his Ag Act.  She says the Goodlatte bill would create a new guest worker visa that agriculture needs. House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows told ADC officials his caucus will not support the farm bill until after a vote is held on immigration. Continue reading Dairy leader says Freedom Caucus wants vote on immigration bill before farm...
Read more...
The House farm bill has been voted down on a vote of 198 to 213.  House speaker Paul Ryan’s motion to reconsider was suspended, and another vote could be coming. All Democrats, as well as 30 Republicans led by the House Freedom Caucus, voted against the farm bill. The bill lost all support from Democrats when it passed out of the House Ag Committee because of the addition of more SNAP recipient work requirements. Statement by Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Collin C. Continue reading House 2018 Farm Bill fails at Brownfield Ag News.
Read more...
The amendment that would change sugar policy had farm groups concerned over the fate of the entire farm bill in the U.S. House, but the measure failed on Thursday. Sarah Black with Michigan Farm Bureau told Brownfield changes to sugar policy could set a bad precedent for the entire debate. “I can’t speak for the Chairman, but I think there’s potential if that amendment passes that it could really derail progress on the whole bill.” Republican Representative Virginia Foxx of North Carolina’s amendment would have removed production limits that currently support sugar prices. Continue reading Sugar amendment fails; could have put entire farm bill...
Read more...
Debate on the House version of the farm bill might start today. House Ag Committee Chairman Michael Conaway says he is pleased the bill has the support of President Trump for its proposed reforms to the SNAP nutrition program and the additional planned work requirements, but Conaway says Trump wanted to make sure something else was done in the farm bill. “The President told me at a meeting last week, unprovoked, unsolicited.  Continue reading Farm bill debate in House starts soon, Trump wants stronger crop insurance in package at Brownfield Ag News.
Read more...