Vilsack on Farm Bill Priorities

The U.S. Senate today passed the long-overdue 2012 Farm Bill by a vote of 68-32. According to Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Debbie Stabenow, the Agricultural Act of 2014 will “reform agriculture programs, reduce the deficit, and help farmers, ranchers and business owners grow the economy.” Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says the bill includes “meaningful reform and billions of dollars in …

USDA Offers Drought Help for California

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced USDA is making $20 million available for agricultural water conservation efforts throughout California to combat the effects of drought. Interested landowners and managers have until March 3, 2014 to apply for available funds. Vilsack held a press conference today with Congressman Jim Costa (D-CA) and California Department of Food and Agriculture Secretary Karen Ross.

GROWMARK Propane Interview

Freezing temperatures, a wetter than normal harvest, and more exports have all contributed to a “perfect storm” scenario for short supplies of propane right now, according to Scott Long, manager of propane marketing and business development for GROWMARK, Inc. GROWMARK is a farmer-owned cooperative based in Bloomington, Illinois that is a big supplier of propane in the Midwest.

Iowa Senator to Vote No on Farm Bill

Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) announced last week that he intends to vote against the farm bill conference report passed by the House. In a floor speech on Thursday, January 30, Sen. Grassley explained why he opposed the Agricultural Act of 2014. “I strongly support the business of agriculture….But if I were to vote yes on this bill, it would be …

Climate Corp Tackles Data Privacy

The Climate Corporation today announced principles and commitments related to data use and privacy published on-line in a Guiding Principles on Data and Privacy statement. David Friedberg, CEO of The Climate Corporation, which was acquired by Monsanto in October 2013, held a call with reporters on Friday to talk about the announcement:

Cong. Emanuel Cleaver Interview

More Democrats than Republicans voted against the conference committee farm bill this week in the U.S. House, mostly because of the nutrition program reforms, but 89 did vote in favor despite that and one was Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II (D-MO), former mayor of Kansas City. In this interview, Rep. Cleaver explains why he voted in favor of the farm bill …

2014 Iowa Power Farming Show

The 2014 Iowa Power Farming Show is in full swing this week in Des Moines, Iowa and according to Tom Junge, show director nearly 25,000 people are expected to attend the third largest farm show in the United States. The show expands 7 acres and features exhibitors from 29 states and 4 Canadian Provinces; represents 750 companies and more than …

International Production and Processing Expo

The combined International Poultry Expo, International Feed Expo, and International Meat Expo now knows as the International Production & Processing Expo was held January 27-30 in Atlanta, Georgia. Despite a paralyzing two-inch snowfall on Tuesday that snarled traffic and created logistical problems, the show went on. Links to audio files, stories, and photos from the event can be found below. …

8th Annual Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit

The 8th Annual Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit was a soaring success on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 when more than 600 industry members and interested consumers gathered at the Prairie Meadows Convention Center in Altoona, Iowa. During the morning attendees heard about the efforts of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (Iowa RFA) who hosts the event each year. In addition they …

Fuels America Responds to SOTU

This morning Fuels America held a teleconference to provide reaction to the climate action plan President Obama discussed during his State of the Union address last night. The President’s speech coincided with the final day of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) comment period on a proposal to reverse the implementation of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The EPA plan would …

RFS Hearing in the Heartland

Hundreds of biofuel supporters from around the Midwest gathered in Des Moines Thursday to submit comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) at a “Hearing in the Heartland: Supporting the Renewable Fuel Standard” hosted by Iowa Governor Terry Branstad. The hearing was organized after EPA declined to do so and included comments from dozens of lawmakers, government officials, farmers, biofuel …

Lowering RFS Impact on Advanced Biofuels

Cellulosic and advanced biofuels producers are very concerned that the EPA proposal to lower 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) targets will have a chilling effect on investment in the next generation of renewable fuels. The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) held a media call today featuring comments from: Bob Dinneen, RFA President and CEO Chris Standlee, Executive Vice President, Institutional Affairs …

2014 National Biodiesel Conference & Expo

The 2014 National Biodiesel Conference brings together people from all aspects of the industry. This year’s event is held in San Diego, CA. and Chuck is there as their Biodiesel Blogger. Here you will find all his audio and links to posts from DomesticFuel.com. 2014 National Biodiesel Conference Photo Album Joe Jobe Exposes Renewable Energy Reality Winning Teamwork Needed by …

2014 American Farm Bureau Federation Convention

The 2014 American Farm Bureau Federation Convention has taken place January 12-15, 2014 in San Antonio, TX. Chuck has been there to capture it with photos, videos and audio. Here we will provide you with quick links to it all. Check back often as more will be uploaded daily. 2014 AFBF Convention Photo Album AFBF Convention Social Communicating 2014 AFBF …

MGEX Call on WASDE Report

USDA released the latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Report on January 10. Minneapolis Grain Exchange hosted a conference call with Brad Paulson of Northern Crops Marketing and Investment to analyze the numbers.