Indiana Agriculture Has Wins and Losses in General Assembly session

Apr 25, 2017 53

Indiana Agriculture Has Wins and Losses in General Assembly session Indiana agriculture had some wins and losses in the just concluded session of the Indiana General Assembly. The big win was new funding for road and bridge repair. House Enrolled Act 1002 provides a framework for road funding that relies on user fees: increased fuel taxes, uniform Via:: Hoosier Ag Today ...

Moving The RFS Point Of Obligation Would “Raise Prices At The Pump”

Apr 25, 2017 37

Business owners across America continue to speak out about the negative consequences to small business and consumers if special interests get their way and the government moves the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) point of obligation. The most recent example is from The Arizona Republic, where Mike Mathers, vice president of operations at Pro Petroleum, says Via:: Hoosier Ag Today ...

After Long Wait USDA Secretary begins Work

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Perdue confirmation finally It finally happened and it was a no-doubter. The US Senate confirmed Sonny Perdue as the 31st US Secretary of Agriculture late Monday after a lengthy confirmation process. “The yeas are 87, the nays are 11, one senator responded ‘present. The nomination is confirmed,” was the final announcement. That set the stage Via:: Hoosier Ag Today ...

U.S., EU, Opening Door to TTIP Talks

Apr 25, 2017 53

The European Union and the United States could soon be reviving negotiations of the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership agreement. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross over the weekend said reducing the trans-Atlantic trade deficit in goods is a top priority. The $146 billion trans-Atlantic trade deficit is only second to China’s $347 billion deficit. Ross was Via:: Hoosier Ag Today ...

Planting Progress Picking Up in Indiana and Across the Corn Belt

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Planting Progress Picking Up in Indiana and Across the Corn Belt The USDA says 15% of the corn has been planted in Indiana. Mary Gumz, who covers NW Indiana for DuPont Pioneer, says there has been a good deal of fieldwork taking place in the past few days, “We have seen a good deal Via:: Hoosier Ag Today ...

Grassley Shifts on Taiwan Talks

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Grassley on Taiwan The key U.S. Senator blocking a bilateral trade deal with Taiwan for years is dropping his long-held insistence Taiwan first end its ban on ractopamine-treated U.S. pork, before talks can begin. For years, Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley went to bat for the pork industry on the meat-leanness additive, ractopamine. He urged the Via:: Hoosier Ag Today ...

Indiana Fieldwork Progressing

Apr 25, 2017 40

Many farmers were able to get a good start with planting this week, according to Greg Matli, Indiana State Statistician for the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. The week started with warm and dry weather, creating ideal soil conditions. Later, there were spotty showers that didn’t yield much rain but cooler temperatures were cause for Via:: Hoosier Ag Today ...

Executive Order for Agriculture Coming Tuesday

Apr 25, 2017 43

Over the weekend, the White House promised an executive order for agriculture. In a memo to reporters, the White House press office said President Donald Trump would hold a roundtable discussion with farmers on Tuesday and also sign an executive order to protect and provide relief for rural America. Details on the executive order are Via:: Hoosier Ag Today ...

DuPont Pioneer Agronomy Report 4/24/17

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DuPont Pioneer Agronomy Report 4/24/17 The USDA says 10% of the corn has been planted in Indiana. Mary Gumz, who covers NW Indiana for DuPont Pioneer, says there has been a good deal of fieldwork taking place in the past few days, “We have seen a good deal of fieldwork being done in my area. Via:: Hoosier Ag Today ...

At Long Last Senate Confirms Perdue as USDA Secretary

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The U.S. Senate voted Monday evening to confirm Sonny Perdue as Agriculture Secretary, just shy of 100 days after his nomination announcement by then President-elect Donald Trump. The Senate voted 87 – 11 to confirm Perdue. The White House said Perdue would be sworn in Tuesday and immediately begin work at the Department of Agriculture. Via:: Hoosier Ag Today ...