Agricultural Articles

Speakers, Endorsers of Rally for Farm Bill Passage Announced

Sept. 11, 2012… Washington, D.C…. Members of the American Soybean Association (ASA) will be on hand at the "Farm Bill Now!" rally as legislative representatives, agricultural leaders and hundreds of farmers and ranchers come together in chorus on U.S. Capitol grounds Sept. 12 to encourage Congress to pass a new, comprehensive, five-year farm bill before current farm programs expire at the end of September.
"Our coalition represents a broad cross-section of agriculture and is extraordinarily varied in its policy priorities," said ASA President Steve Wellman, a soybean farmer from Syracuse, Neb. "ASA and its coalition partners may differ on many of the individual aspects in various titles of the farm bill, but more important than that is our commitment first and foremost to getting a bill done.



“Today the member owners and employees of Dairy Farmers of America delivered nearly 2,000 signatures on a petition urging Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to schedule a floor vote on H.R. 6083, the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2012.

“The 2008 authorization bill expires on September 30, 2012, and current domestic dairy programs do not provide farmers with the tools they need to weather extreme volatility in the global market. The bill pending before Congress represents significant compromise and fiscal discipline, and addresses critical needs of the dairy industry.

Editorial: Use Biodiesel and Improve Air Quality on Your Farm

United Soybean Board director and a soybean farmer from Beaver Creek, Minn.

I know how much time I spend around diesel-powered vehicles, equipment and machinery, and I’d bet that most farmers around the United States spend similar amounts. That’s why I’m so alarmed at the news from the World Health Organization and its International Agency for Research on Cancer, which now considers diesel fuel exhaust to be a carcinogen as dangerous as secondhand smoke.

Farmers and ranchers make up the third-largest category of diesel fuel users behind truck drivers and heating oil users. Since the risk of developing cancer depends on the time spent around diesel exhaust, anyone who works on the farm should take note of this announcement.

Thankfully, recent clean-diesel technology has cleaned up emissions immensely, including significantly reducing some of the elements of diesel exhaust that prove to be damaging to our health. Read more


Animal Welfare Approved is calling for proposals for its 2012-2013 Good Husbandry Grants. Now in its fifth year, the Good Husbandry Grants program has funded over one hundred projects across the country to improve farm animal welfare. Certified farmers and those who have submitted an application for AWA certification may apply for up to $5,000 towards projects such as mobile housing, breeding stock, and on-farm processing equipment. Slaughter plants working with or seeking to work with AWA farmers are also eligible for funding.


"The grants program gives farmers the creativity to try new ideas without betting the farm, which we think is crucial to our development. We're glad we have the opportunity to support our farmers," says Program Director Andrew Gunther. Read more

NCGA encourages calm from policy makers and cousumers during drought; feels corn market will correct itself

ST. LOUIS (August 10, 2012) -- National Corn Growers Association President Garry Niemeyer released the following statement in response to the U.S. Department of Agriculture reports released this morning which further decreased the estimated U.S. corn production in 2012.

“Farmers across the country are coming to grips with the full impact of this devastating drought. The August USDA crop report confirms our concerns that corn production may be several billion bushels less than previously anticipated, due to a summer heat wave which kept temperature well above normal and offered only sporadic rain. Read more

Support for Rural Electricity

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The National Grange today applauded the Thursday, Aug. 9, announcement by Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, that electric utilities in rural areas of 18 states will receive loan guarantees to improve their local electric lines, transmission facilities and to implement smart grid technologies. Read more

USDA report doesn't justify 2012 RFS waiver, says RFA

USDA report doesn't justify 2012 RFS waiver, says RFA


(August 10, 20120) Washington – Responding to today’s corn crop estimate of 10.8 billion bushels from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Renewable Fuels Association released the following statement: Read more

Full-Page Ad in USA Today Blasts the Humane Society of the United States for Paltry Donations to Americas Pet Shelters Warns Americans: A Tiny Fraction of Contributions Goes To Pet Shelters

Washington, DC – Today, a project of the nonprofit Center for Consumer Freedom, is running a full-page ad in USA Today highlighting the failure of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) to share its multi-million dollar budget with local hands-on pet shelters. Despite most Americans’ belief to the contrary, HSUS is not a national umbrella group that represents community-based humane societies, and it shares just one percent of its income with underfunded pet shelters at the local level. Read more

ASA, Other Ag Organizations Still Want 5-Year Farm Bill

August 1, 2012... The undersigned farm organizations support finding a path forward to reaching agreement on a new five-year farm bill before current program authorities expire on Sept. 30. We are disappointed that the House Republican leadership has decided to not move forward with the House Agriculture Committee’s bill before adjourning for the August recess. That bill would provide the disaster relief our farm and ranch families need at this time.

NCGA: American Agriculture Needs a New Farm Bill

NCGA: American Agriculture Needs a New Farm Bill

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