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NSAC Comments on House Farm Bill

NSAC Comments on House Farm Bill

NSAC Comments on House Agriculture Committee Farm Bill Draft

Washington, DC -- Yesterday Chairman Frank Lucas and Ranking Member Collin Peterson released their draft farm bill ahead of the House Agriculture Committee’s farm bill markup next week. The bill generates $35 billion in savings by cutting over $16 billion from nutrition programs and more than $6 billion from conservation programs, while increasing crop insurance subsidies and decreasing commodity subsidies for a net savings of over $14 billion. Read more

Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture Seeks Ideas



AMES, Iowa - The Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture is looking for innovative ideas that will help fulfill its mission to identify and reduce negative environmental and socio-economic impacts of agricultural practices and contribute to the development of profitable farming systems that conserve natural resources.

Specifics are outlined in the Leopold Center’s 2012 Request for Pre-proposals (RFP) that is part of its long-running competitive grants program. The deadline for submitting ideas, in the form of a 2-3 page concept paper, is August 10, 2012. Projects selected in the process are eligible for funding beginning in 2013.

The Leopold Center seeks these long-term outcomes: Read more

2012 Farm Bill Passes U.S. Senate

2012 Farm Bill Passes U.S. Senate

Bill Has Significant Impact on the Management of America’s Working Lands and Natural Resources

WASHINGTON (June 21, 2012) – The U.S. Senate passed the 2012 Farm Bill today, meaning the measure is a big step closer to enactment. The Farm Bill, renewed every five years, is the largest source of funding for conservation on America’s working farmland, ranchland and private forestland. In addition to funding federal conservation and nutrition programs, the bill also authorizes risk management and other programs that influence the decisions of land managers across the country. Read more

NSAC Pleased with Senate Farm Bill Amendment Votes

NSAC Pleased with Senate Farm Bill Amendment Votes

Washington, DC – Today [June 20th], the Senate voted on a series of amendments to its version of the 2012 Farm Bill.

NSAC Policy Director Ferd Hoefner commented, Read more

NCGA Disappointed in Conservation Compliance for Crop Insurance Amendment Passage

WASHINGTON (June 20, 2012) -- National Corn Growers Association President Garry Niemeyer released the following statement in response to the Senate passing Chambliss amendment #2438:

“The National Corn Growers Association is very disappointed to see passage of Senator Saxby Chambliss’ conservation compliance for crop insurance amendment in the 2012 farm bill. Our members have spent a significant amount of time discussing this issue and feel this addition to the farm bill would have a negative impact toward America’s farmers. NCGA’s official policy states we oppose the coupling of conservation compliance to eligibility for federal crop insurance.”

Founded in 1957, the National Corn Growers Association represents more than 36,000 dues-paying corn farmers nationwide. NCGA and its 48 affiliated state organizations work together to create and increase opportunities for their members and their industry.

Tips to Tune Up Your Self-Propelled Sprayer

The off-season is the perfect time to prep your self-propelled sprayer for spring application of farm chemicals and fertilizer.

We suggest the following maintenance to prevent problems during the spring:

1.       Clean the machine thoroughly to prevent premature rust from crop protection chemicals.

2.       Flush liquid systems with water and cleaning agent as specified by chemical label.

3.       Remove end caps and flush boom tubes.

4.       Clean nozzles and check for wear. Use air compressor to clean nozzle orifices.

5.       Grease all service points after cleaning.

6.       Check wiring for routing, protection and proper connections.

7.       Adjust breakaway tensions. Read more

How to Winterize Your Lawnmower and Farm Tractor

As your acreage activities wind down this fall, take the time to winterize your tractors.  Listed below are instructions to winterize your lawnmower and farm tractors, remember a few hours in the fall will increase the life of your tractor by many years.


Instructions for Lawnmower: Read more