Concern Over Proposed Obama Budget

In Administration, Classic, Policy, Politics by Cindy

The first Obama budget announced today would end direct payments for farms with large sales and incomes that receive a disproportionate amount of the payments, according to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack speaking at USDA’s Annual Ag Outlook Forum. According to Office of Management and Budget Director Peter Orszag, the president is “proposing to phase out those payments over time for …

Obama and Agriculture

In Farming, General, Policy, Politics by Cindy

How will agriculture fare under an Obama presidency? In an interview during the campaign with farm broadcaster Stewart Doan of Agri-Pulse, Obama talked about his agricultural policies. “Number one, I come from an agricultural state,” Obama said. “As you know, Illinois has a lot of corn and a lot of beans and that means that during the time I was …

Anti-Ethanol Poll Clearly Shows Bias

In Energy Bill, Ethanol, General, Policy by Ken

The National Center for Public Policy Research, a Washington, D.C., “think tank,” has released the results of a poll it commissioned surveying public attitudes about the renewable fuels standard. The press release headline states “Farm-Belt Voters Favor Eliminating or Scaling Back Corn Ethanol Mandate, New Poll Finds.” So, haw many “Farm-Belt Voters” were surveyed for this poll? 500? 1,000? How …

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 …

Why WRDA?

In Current News, Policy, State Groups by Cindy

Despite a looming veto threat, the U.S. Senate overwhelmingly passed the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) conference report Monday evening by a vote of 81-12, making a WRDA victory within grasp. National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) President Ken McCauley says “It’s unfortunate the administration is threatening veto. Our infrastructure cannot keep pace with demands and is falling apart. We must …

EU Biofuels Perspective

In Audio, Ethanol, Food vs Fuel, Policy by Cindy

I have been traveling abroad for the past two weeks and getting an international perspective on biofuels which has been very interesting. I have been in Germany, Belgium and Japan and biofuels has been a topic everywhere. In Brussels I was on a trip sponsored by BASF Ag Products with a group of ag journalists who had the privilege of …

Welcome To Corn Commentary

In Activism, E85, Policy by Chuck

Food and fuel. Corn prices. Ethanol. Farm policy. Issues in agriculture. Welcome to Corn Commentary. We’ll be discussing these issues and more. We hope to have some fun along the way so it’s only fitting our inaugural post is related to the power of viral marketing and ethanol. If you haven’t yet seen the series of ethanol videos on Project …