Call it the Farm Bill and Owe Vilsack a Dollar

In Audio, Farm Bill, Policy, USDA by Cindy

If you call the Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act of 2012 “the Farm Bill” in Secretary Tom Vilsack’s office, it will cost you a dollar. “And the reason for that is that when you say “farm bill,” you essentially speak to that one-tenth of one percent of the population (who are farmers),” Vilsack said during an address to the …

Farm Bill Talk at Farm Progress

In Audio, Farm Bill, Farming, Policy, Politics by Cindy

Farm policy was in focus this week at the 2011 Farm Progress Show with the 2012 farm bill discussions right around the corner. Two congressmen from the state of Illinois visited the big show in Decatur. Freshman Congressman House Agriculture Committee member Bobby Schilling (R-IL) participated in a press conference with the National Corn Growers Association on Tuesday. “I think …

Is Congress Out of Touch? Maybe It’s Our Fault

In Activism, Legislation, Policy, Politics by Cathryn

For the vast majority of Americans, the idea of personally visiting their House or Senate representatives in Washington sounds somewhere between intimidating and uninteresting.  Despite the fact that they, together with the other members of their state or district, directly determine if said legislator keeps his or her job, most citizens simply do not feel heard or as if their …

Who Wasn’t Paying Attention in High School English Class?

In Activism, Current News, Education, Ethanol, HFCS, Legislation, Policy, Politics, Social Media by Cathryn

As high school English teachers hand out research paper assignments to eye rolls and sighs, they must know that their students feel nearly certain that the knowledge gained in carefully sourcing their final assignment will never serve them later in life.  This attitude remains pervasive into adulthood it seems as many legislators, food elitists and a broad array of anti-ag …

The Cruelty of Missouri’s Prop. B Hypocrisy

In Animal rights, General, Policy, Politics by Ken

A sad story in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch this morning tells how one of the area’s animal shelters was raided and 195 dogs and cats were rescued for the second time in their miserable lives. In today’s economy, donations are down at shelters and more pets are being abandoned and dropped off, creating a bad situation for people who want …

Help Keep the Farm in the Family

In General, government, Policy by Janice

A few weeks ago NCGA participated in a press conference with nine other agricultural organizations on the importance of reforming the estate tax.  While some may not realize the importance of the number of organizations getting together, believe us when we say getting 10 organizations that represent everything from cotton to beef to milk and don’t agree on a large …

Ethanol Makes More Sense Than Ever For America

In Activism, Blogroll, Current News, Ethanol, Legislation, Policy, Politics by Mark

According to the Oil and Gas Journal, all U.S. oil companies combined control less than 10% of the world’s oil reserves, and the world’s ten largest oil and natural gas companies are 100% owned by foreign governments. Ponder that statistic for minute and then tell me our quest for more and better alternative sources of domestic energy is a bad …

Virginia Corn Farmers Practice Conservation In Action

In Conservation, Environmental, Policy by Chuck

Last week’s Conservation in Action Tour in Virginia included several farms where Chesapeake Bay area farmers have a rich history of good conservation practices, most notably no-till. In fact, many farms in the area have been in continuous no-till for decades! The tour is conducted each year by the Conservation Technology Information Center. I participated and spoke with Wayne Kirby, …

Corn Ethanol Upheld to Soil Sustainability Provisions

In Environmental, Ethanol, Land Use, Policy by Joanna

California is attacking corn ethanol again. The newest affront is complements of the California Air Resources Board (CARB) who has created a new working group to study soil sustainability provisions of biofuels. The current crops under review include corn ethanol, sugarcane ethanol, wood based fuels, palm oil, and soy biodiesel. The ultimate goal is that biofuels’ greenhouse gas emission (GHG) …