AG Rural News

Infrastructure, broadband, water, were among the issues outlined by six witnesses from the Rebuild Rural coalition (made up of 200 groups) who testified before the House Ag Committee this week saying big investments are needed in rural America to turn it around. Richard Calhoun with the National Grain and Feed Association says inland waterway improvements are desperately needed because they help move more than 90 percent of grain and oilseed exports to ports on the coasts. Continue reading Rural issues at House Ag hearing at Brownfield Ag News.
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The head of the national trade association representing companies that develop, produce and market crop protection products has weighed in on the dicamba situation. In a news release, CropLife America president and CEO Jay Vroom said, “Although we understand the concerns raised by growers in Missouri and Arkansas, we encourage both states to wait until they have thoroughly investigated all of the claims before they make policy decisions to temporarily prohibit the use and sale of dicamba. Continue reading CropLife America calls states’ decisions on dicamba ‘premature’ at Brownfield Ag News.
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During a recent visit to central Iowa, we stopped by the Iowa Corn Growers Association (ICGA) headquarters in Johnston and visited with the organization’s CEO Craig Floss.  Floss talked about the EPA’s proposed 2018 Renewable Fuel Standard levels for ethanol, the Iowa Corn 300 IndyCar race coming up this weekend, and ICGA’s 50th anniversary in 2017. Continue reading Iowa Corn CEO discusses RFS, Iowa Corn 300, and their 50th anniversary at Brownfield Ag News.
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Brownfield was one of just a handful of media outlets invited to cover President Trump’s ag-related remarks at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa this week. In case you missed it earlier, here is his speech to a crowd of about 250 people. AUDIO: Trump’s remarks at Kirkwood Community College Continue reading Trump’s ag speech in Cedar Rapids at Brownfield Ag News.
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Ag News

House Ag Committee chairman Mike Conaway opened today’s hearing on NAFTA opportunities saying he understands the angst renegotiations have caused but says the U.S. “stands to benefit from renegotiating a deal that provides additional market access and tightens trade.” Four of six U.S. commodity representatives told House Ag Committee members this morning that the North American Free Trade Agreement is working and that the administration should do no harm in renegotiations. They included National Cattlemen’s Beef Association president Kendall Frasier, “Quite frankly, it is difficult to improve upon duty-free unlimited access to Canada and Mexico and we are pleased to see...
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The latest Senate Ag Committee hearing took a closer look at the importance of risk management tools for the 2018 Farm Bill. Iowa farmer and National Corn Growers Association board member Bruce Rohwer told the full Committee commodity title programs and federal crop insurance are essential risk management tools for farmers and need to be maintained in the 2018 Farm Bill. Ag Committee Chair Pat Roberts asked panelists what improvements they’d like to see in crop insurance in the upcoming farm bill. Continue reading Senate Farm Bill hearing focuses on risk management tools at Brownfield Ag News.
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The head of the National Farmers Union has asked U.S. Senators to vote against repeal or replacement of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), “Let’s not make any mistake about it, we’ve got trouble in the healthcare system in America. But, simply repealing the current bill, the Affordable Care Act makes those problems worse not better.” In a letter to senators, NFU President Roger Johnson says both the Better Care Reconciliation Act and Obamacare Repeal Reconciliation Act would “limit access, increase costs, and lower the quality of health care coverage for family farmers and ranchers.” And, Johnson says the proposed cuts to Medicaid...
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The U.S. will initiate NAFTA renegotiations in a few weeks and that’s made more than a few U.S. lawmakers nervous.  Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill tells Brownfield Ag News she is very worried, “If we begin moving the needle as it relates to other products, I think the concern is that the retaliation would come against agriculture.” McCaskill, a Democrat, says there is concern on both sides of the aisle, “Both Republicans and Democrats that are from states where agriculture is the foundation of our economies. Continue reading McCaskill “very worried” about NAFTA renegotiations at Brownfield Ag News.
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