AG Rural News

The president and CEO of Uranium Energy Corporation says there is renewed interest in using nuclear power to help alleviate energy concerns. Amir Adnani tells Brownfield the reliable, low-cost energy source can benefit rural America. “More than ever we’re seeing this growing acceptance for nuclear energy among nations from the United States to European Union to Japan for purposes of securing their energy destiny or being able to generate electricity around the clock without any emissions and with low costs, which is what nuclear power provides,” he says. ...
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A new report analyzes which states are in most need of rural road and bridge repair. Rocky Moretti is the director of Policy and Research at TRIP, a national transportation research nonprofit. “A number of Midwestern states are showing up with still a high share of its rural bridges in poor condition, in fact, the report points out that 80 percent of bridges in poor condition across the country are in the rural areas,” he says. ...
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Ag News

The USDA has rolled out its final rule to stand up the Cattle Contract Library pilot program. Tanner Beymer with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association says the USDA updated the language to the rule following stakeholder feedback.  The original proposed rule would have allowed the USDA to obtain all active contracts from packers, which the industry thought was problematic from a privacy perspective. “This rule has announced that they are going to look for the information that is in those contracts,” he says.  ...
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A US Senator from Iowa says it may be difficult for a new bill that would allow year-round sales of E15 to pass in the lame duck session of Congress. The US Senate recently introduced the Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act of 2022, which would make permanent sales of E15 blends a reality. Republican Chuck Grassley tells Brownfield if the bill isn’t passed, it will be a priority in the new Congress. ...
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The former chief agriculture negotiator for the U.S. Trade Representative’s office says he’s closely watching what happens with Mexico’s proposed GMO corn ban. Gregg Doud says Mexico’s president has made his position clear on the proposed ban and Doud says he isn’t sure what the US government can say at this point to resolve the issue, “It’s going to have to be the Mexican industry that helps him understand, it’s not in Mexico’s best interest to do battle over this particular topic.” Last week, Ag Secretary Vilsack met with Mexico’s president discuss the ban in person and the dialogue continues with Mexico. ...
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The ranking member of the House Ag Committee says his top goal for the next farm bill is to complete it on time, but a new and divided Congress may present a challenge. Representative Glenn “GT” Thompson, a Republican from Pennsylvania, tells Brownfield he would like to start auditing the 2018 Farm Bill in the first quarter of next year. “What’s working, what’s not and what needs fine-tuning. We need to get out for field hearings.” He says having bipartisan support is key to passing a bill but knows there could be disagreement on the nutrition title. ...
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