Senate Stops Energy Bill

In Current News, Energy Bill, Farm Bill, Legislation by Cindy

The energy bill was on a roll after passing the House Thursday, but a failed vote to end debate in the Senate puts the bill back in limbo. In urging Senators to block a vote on the bill, Sen. Pete Domenici of New Mexico, the ranking Republican on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, argued: “This is not a …

Getting Closer To New Energy Legislation

In Energy Bill, Legislation by Chuck

Yesterday the House of Representatives passed H.R. 6, The Energy Independence and Security Act. NCGA like many other farm groups applauded the move. The House bill includes a 36 billion-gallon Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) with 15 billion gallons for corn based ethanol. “NCGA is excited about the 15 billion-gallon expanded RFS for grains-based ethanol that the leadership included in the …

RFS Supporters Rally

In Audio, Current News, Energy Bill, Ethanol, Legislation by Cindy

Members of Congress and representatives from a variety of organizations held a media event Wednesday morning in support of an increased Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) in the Energy Bill. House Ag Committee Chairman Collin Peterson (D-MN) says House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is in full support of the RFS. “The speaker understands that this is critical for this industry,” Peterson …

RFS Wars Heating up Energy Bill

In Current News, Energy Bill, Legislation by Cindy

With less than three weeks left for the 110th Congress, the Energy Bill is suddenly back in action and groups are mobilizing on both sides over the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). With a vote in the House expected on Wednesday, House Ag Committee members are planning a morning press conference in support of increasing the RFS. Committee chairman Collin Peterson …

Energy Bill Update

In Legislation, Video by Chuck

While we’re on the subject of video clips from the recent National Association of Farm Broadcasting here’s my final one with NCGA Chairman Ken McCauley. With the Senate back in session and expected to consider new energy legislation I thought it was timely to provide his perspective on where things stand. Ken says he’s really optimistic about getting new energy …

Farm Bill Update

In Audio, Farm Bill, Legislation, Video by Chuck

At last week’s National Association of Farm Broadcasting convention, NCGA President Ron Litterer did a number of interviews including one with me about the farm bill. In the picture Ron’s being interviewed by one of the many farm broadcasters that came by the NCGA booth. I asked Ron where things stand from a corn grower perspective. It was really dark …

Call from the Combine

In Farm Bill, General, Legislation, Policy by Cindy

The National Corn Growers Association is urging its members nationwide to call their Senators on Thursday October 18 and talk to them about what they would like to see in the 2007 Farm Bill. “Right now the committee is scheduled to markup the farm bill Oct. 23,” said NCGA President Ron Litterer. “This is the time to let our senators …

Still No Farm Bill

In Current News, Farm Bill, General, Legislation by Cindy

Senate Agriculture Committee action on the 2007 Farm Bill was delayed again this week, with Ag Committee Chairman Tom Harkin citing “scheduling difficulties” as the reason for further postponing mark-up. The ag committee was waiting on the Senate Finance Committee to markup the Heartland, Habitat, Harvest and Horticulture Act of 2007 which will extend some tax incentives for renewable energy; …

Wouldn’t We All Like a New Farm Bill?

In Farm Bill, Legislation by Chuck

As was pretty much expected the Senate didn’t get a farm bill passed before the 2002 Farm Bill expired yesterday. They’ve got some more work to do apparently. Go to the Senate Ag Committee homepage and there’s not a word about it. Of course their “Today in Agriculture” section is showing as its latest item one that’s dated July 2. …