AG Rural News

Two Midwestern Congresswomen have been named chairs of the New Democrat Coalition Rural Reinvestment Taskforce. Cindy Axne of Iowa and Cheri Bustos of Illinois will lead the group, which aims to develop and advance policy solutions that support Rural America. Axne says the task force will ensure rural communities have a seat at the table in Congress, focusing on a wide range of issues like broadband, healthcare, and the impacts of a changing climate. ...
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A provision in major rural broadband legislation in the U.S. House allows for local mapping authority. New York Congressman Antonio Delgado – who calls the lack of rural broadband unacceptable – says he’s pleased his bipartisan has been included in the larger bill. “The Community Broadband Mapping Act will give our small communities the ability to collect their own data so they can challenge inaccurate mapping by the FCC.” Delgado says accurate information is critical in addressing the rural broadband deficit, “We need to fix the flawed broadband maps that overstate internet access and speeds in rural communities.” Delgado says the bill will...
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Ag News

The president of Iowa Farm Bureau fears inflation is going to wreak havoc on agriculture.  Warren County farmer Craig Hill says it’s a major concern. “We think back to the 1970’s (with) energy prices and then, of course, commodity prices always lag a little bit (from) inflationary pressure. But rising interest rates and what that has to do with capital investments and so on.” Speaking to Brownfield at the Iowa Farm Bureau annual meeting in Des Moines, he says farmers should be able to weather inflated costs next year. ...
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An attorney who testified before the House Ways and Means subcommittee on trade says the U.S. must adopt policies that encourage growth in key technology sectors were the U.S. competes with China. Clete Willems with Akin Gump says it’s one of many ways to go after China’s unfair trade practices. “The bipartisan USICA bill includes numerous provisions to assist, such as funding for semi-conductor and 5G supply chains, a federal commitment to AI, quantum computing and synthetic biology and supply chain resiliency efforts.” He says the U.S. ...
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Renewable fuels groups have mixed reviews on EPA’s biofuels program updates. Renewable Fuels Association president Geoff Cooper calls the series of proposals a modest step in the right direction. “The EPA has proposed to get the RFS back in a growth mode (by) proposing for 2022 a 15 billion gallon requirement, which would be consistent with the statutory volume.” Cooper is also pleased EPA is proposing to deny virtually all pending Small Refinery Exemption petitions. ...
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The EPA has released its long-awaited proposals for Renewable Volume Obligations for biofuels – which the Renewable Fuels Association calls a step in the right direction but concerns remain. EPA proposes the 2022 RFS requirement right at 15 Billion gallons and says it will move to deny ALL pending small refinery exemption petitions based on last years 10th circuit court decision. But, RFA says EPA’s proposal to reduce 2021 conventional renewable fuel requirements to just over 13 billion gallons AND reopen and reduce 2020 volumes would be harmful. ...
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