Lower Food and Fuel Cost Act Passes House

The U.S. House of Representatives Thursday passed the Lower Food and Fuel Costs Act, a diverse package of initiatives from meat packing plants to year round E15, despite opposition by the majority of Republicans. The final vote was 221-204, with seven Republicans siding with the majority and five Democrats voting against the bill. The act includes a package of ag-related …

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House Lower Food and Fuel Costs Act

The U.S. House of Representatives voted Thursday on the Lower Food and Fuel Costs Act led by Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-VA), a package of legislation designed to address supply chain issues for the American energy and agriculture sectors, combat rising fertilizer prices and increase the availability of higher ethanol blends and other biofuels. The legislation includes Spanberger’s Meat and Poultry …

House Ag Republicans Introduce Farm Input Costs Bill

Republican Leader of the House Agriculture Committee Glenn “GT” Thompson and GOP members this week introduced H.R. 8069, the Reducing Farm Input Costs and Barriers to Domestic Production Act. The bill requires the Biden Administration to reverse its regulatory barriers to domestic agriculture production and provide immediate relief to families across the country. Congressman Thompson was joined by more than …

ZimmCast 693 – Stay Curious with Alltech Crop Science

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Hello and welcome to the ZimmCast. The Alltech ONE Conference, in-person, may be over but the conference is still live virtually. Yes. You can still register and have access to all the recorded sessions and speakers. So, for this week’s podcast I’m going to share a couple of speakers who have just been added to the AgNewsWire virtual newsroom for …

Hearing Explores Agricultural Trade Issues

Senators heard from representatives of U.S. peanut growers, dairy producers and wheat farmers Thursday during a hearing on “Agricultural Trade: Priorities and Issues Facing America’s Farmers.” Representing the U.S. Peanut Federation before the Senate Agriculture Subcommittee on Commodities, Risk Management, and Trade, was Karla Baker Thompson with JET Farms Georgia and Integrity Farms of Camilla, Georgia. Thompson highlighted the decline …

Daugherty Water for Food Podcast Episode 12

Managed aquifer recharge can be an innovative way to both satisfy endangered species’ habitat restoration and benefit crop irrigators in the area. This is exactly how it was used in Nebraska’s Central Platte Valley when river canals were already in need of repair after more than 100 years of use. The process consists of recharging an aquifer using either surface …

RFA CEO Comments on EPA Final RFS Rules

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The Environmental Protection Agency finalized a package of actions Friday setting biofuel volumes for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program for years 2020, 2021, and 2022, and introducing regulatory changes intended to enhance the program’s objectives. According to the Renewable Fuels Association, the final regulatory actions taken by EPA “bring certainty back to the Renewable Fuel Standard and pave the …

USDA Announces Framework to Transform the Food System

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced details of a “framework to transform the food system to benefit consumers, producers and rural communities by providing more options, increasing access, and creating new, more, and better markets for small and mid-size producers.” Vilsack said the framework “builds on lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic and supply chain disruptions caused by Russia’s war …

2022 Alltech ONE Conference

It has been three years since the Alltech ONE Conference was an in-person event but this year it is back in Lexington live, with a virtual option for those unable to make it. The Alltech ONE Conference (ONE) will feature tracks that will uncover the challenges and opportunities in agriculture, business, health and wellness, and professional development. Now in its …

USDA Announces Meat Supply Chain Actions

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack used an appearance before the Senate Agriculture Committee on Thursday to make a few announcements, including issuing a new Packers & Stockyards Act rulemaking, making available $200 Million to expand competition in meat processing, and investing $25 million in workforce training. Vilsack said the actions build on President Biden’s whole-of-government effort to promote competition in …

ZimmCast 692 – Alltech Planet of Plenty Awards

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This edition of the ZimmCast comes from Lexington, Kentucky and the 2022 Alltech ONE Conference, which was the first live and in-person since 2019 and included a lot of award-giving. Alltech has been focused on promoting a Planet of Plenty over the past three years so, for this week’s ZimmCast we share two interviews. First will be the 2021 Alltech …

Turn up the Intensity for The ACE

Turn down the intensity for carbon, turn it up for “The ACE.” Intensity is the theme for the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) 35th annual conference coming up August 10-12 in Omaha. Katie Muckenhirn, ACE Vice President of Public Affairs, says they are branding the 35-year-old conference as The ACE. “It also stands for the American Conference on Ethanol,” she …

Ethanol Report on Travel and Transportation

The summer driving season gets underway this weekend and as drivers are planning to hit the road for the holiday despite the highest gas prices in history ethanol is making it a little less painful at the pump. In this edition of the Ethanol Report podcast, Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) president and CEO Geoff Cooper discusses Memorial Day gas prices …

Iowa Governor Signs Biofuels Access Bill

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds signed the Biofuels Access Bill into law on Tuesday morning surrounded by farmers and biofuels supporters on a family farm outside of Prairie City. The bill makes Iowa the first state in the nation to adopt an E15 standard and expands access to higher blends of ethanol and biodiesel across the state, lowering fuel prices for …

Stewardship Index for Specialty Crops, CropTrak Release Stewardship Calculator 2.0 to Support Specialty Crop Supply Chain Collaboration for Regenerative Agriculture

Public release expands access to cost-effective tool for CPGs, free for growers (CALABASAS, CA and TUCSON, AZ) – Stewardship Index for Specialty Crops (SISC), and CropTrak® have announced the public release of the Stewardship Calculator 2.0 to help growers measure a wide-range of on-farm data for better crop management and help brands more easily aggregate that data for sustainability and …