Reaction to House Draft Farm Bill

first_img Facebook Twitter Reaction to House Draft Farm Bill Previous articleGovernors Calling for State Action on E15 CommendedNext articleDrought has Livestock Producers Concerned Too Andy Eubank SHARE By Andy Eubank – Jul 8, 2012 Home Indiana Agriculture News Reaction to House Draft Farm Bill SHARE Facebook Twitter Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley is disappointed with the approach to payment limits in the draft farm bill released by House Agriculture Committee leaders Thursday. He says the grassroots have called for sensible commodity program caps to prevent subsidizing big farm operations with taxpayer dollars so they can get even bigger. In addition – Grassley says it’s important to ensure farm payments go to actual farmers. He notes the Senate-passed farm bill included provisions to limit payments – including a 50-thousand dollar cap on the Agricultural Risk Coverage program, the closing of loopholes exploited by non-farmers and a 75-thousand dollar cap on marketing loan gains and loan deficiency payments. Grassley says the House draft doesn’t even stick with the status quo for payment limits.According to Grassley – the measure would have a farmer choose between a counter-cyclical program and a revenue program and increase the farmer’s cap to 125-thousand dollars regardless of the program chosen. He notes direct payments currently have a limit of 40-thousand dollars per farmer and the counter-cyclical program has a limit of 65-thousand dollars. Further – he says the draft bill would not place any cap on the amount of benefits any one farmer could receive from the marketing loan program. Grassley calls it an indefensible approach for farm programs – and encourages the House Ag Committee to take a serious look at the common sense and meaningful payment limit reforms the Senate adopted and adopt the same approach.Soybean Association Responds to House Farm Bill ProposalThe American Soybean Association supports a number of provisions in the draft Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act released Thursday. ASA President Steve Wellman – a Nebraska farmer – says the group supports the reauthorization and funding of important trade and market development programs, reauthorization of agricultural research programs and the focus within the conservation title on working-lands conservation and a gradual reduction of acres enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program. ASA is also pleased that the House bill includes H.R. 872 – which would ensure farmers aren’t required to obtain duplicative permits for pesticide applications. When it comes to commodity policy – Wellman notes a key priority for ASA is ensuring policies don’t distort planting decisions. He says the group looks forward to working with the House to ensure soybeans are treated equitably and planting decisions would not be distorted by programs offered under the House bill.The farm bill proposed by House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas and Ranking Member Collin Peterson would trim 35-billion dollars in spending from agriculture, conservation and nutrition programs over 10 years as compared to current law. Wellman says ASA knows the budget challenges facing the nation are serious. He says ASA is committed to a bill that bears agriculture’s fair share of deficit reduction responsibilities.Source: NAFB News Servicelast_img read more

Know Your Farmer Food Compass Updated

first_img SHARE SHARE USDA has updated the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Compass – an interactive web-based document and map that highlights USDA support for local and regional food projects through successful producer, business and community case studies. Deputy Agriculture Secretary Kathleen Merrigan notes local food is a rapidly growing trend in American agriculture and offers additional market opportunities for farmers, ranchers and food business entrepreneurs. She says it also enables consumers to develop a deeper understanding of where their food comes from and how it is produced. Merrigan says the 2.0 version of the compass – unveiled Tuesday – includes new stories and data that offer a comprehensive look at the impact local food is having across the country.Compass 2.0 includes new case studies and additional mapped data – including locations of farmers markets, food hubs and meat processing facilities. Enhanced search functions allow for easier navigation.More information is available at Previous articleVilsack Announces Proposed Rule to Increase Energy Efficiency in Rural Homes and BusinessesNext articleWorst Drought in Decades Gary Truitt Know Your Farmer Food Compass Updated Facebook Twittercenter_img Source: NAFB News Service Home Indiana Agriculture News Know Your Farmer Food Compass Updated By Gary Truitt – Jul 17, 2012 Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Showing Poultry at Fairs only Part of 4-H Total Learning Experience

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News Showing Poultry at Fairs only Part of 4-H Total Learning Experience Lean Hogs HEM21 (JUN 21) 122.68 0.22 Previous articleNew Study Confirms E15 Compatibility with Existing Service Station EquipmentNext articleWhite House Releases Revised WOTUS Rule Andy Eubank RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR How Indiana Crops are Faring Versus Other States Facebook Twitter All quotes are delayed snapshots SHARE Battle Resistance With the Soy Checkoff ‘Take Action’ Program STAY CONNECTED5,545FansLike3,961FollowersFollow187SubscribersSubscribe SHARE Minor Changes in June WASDE Report Wheat ZWN21 (JUL 21) 680.75 -3.00 Feeder Cattle GFQ21 (AUG 21) 151.18 2.78 Corn ZCN21 (JUL 21) 684.50 -14.50 Live Cattle LEM21 (JUN 21) 118.70 1.13 Soybean ZSN21 (JUL 21) 1508.50 -35.50 Name Sym Last Change Facebook Twitter Showing Poultry at Fairs only Part of 4-H Total Learning Experience By Andy Eubank – May 27, 2015 4-H’ers can complete their poultry projects even though the threat of the H5 avian influenza virus will prevent them from taking their birds to the Indiana county and state fairs this season, a Purdue Extension 4-H youth development specialist says.Showing and competing at fairs is not a requirement for completing projects and is only one part of the total learning experience 4-H’ers have with their animals, noted Aaron Fisher, who works primarily in 4-H animal science projects.“The emphasis of the 4-H projects is on young people learning about their animals,” Fisher said. “Showing and selling certainly are valuable experiences, but the greater value of 4-H is the overall learning experience that comes with raising and caring for their animals on a daily basis.”The Indiana State Board of Animal Health decided Wednesday (May 27) to prohibit the commingling of birds from different locations, including at shows, exhibitions and public sales. The restriction applies to all county fairs and the Indiana State Fair.Indiana joined at least 10 other states from Maryland to South Dakota that have taken similar action because of the spread of highly pathogenic avian influenza. BOAH said 16 states, primarily in the upper Midwest, have had diagnosed cases resulting in the deaths of more than 40 million birds. It said one “backyard” flock in Indiana was diagnosed with it in early May.BOAH said its action was taken to protect Indiana’s poultry, including backyard flocks. It said that while the influenza is deadly to domestic poultry, it does not present a threat to food safety. In addition, the Centers for Disease Control considers the virus to be of low risk to human health.BOAH said the restriction likely will stand through the end of this year.Fisher said 4-H’ers often learn how conditions such as diseases affect poultry owners and producers large and small – in this case a prohibition of poultry exhibits at Indiana fairs this year.“This, too, is a learning experience,” he said.Poultry shown at fairs primarily consists of chickens, ducks, pigeons and turkeys.Fisher said it will be up to each county to determine how 4-H’ers with poultry projects can still participate in its fair, perhaps such as by showing photos of their birds and talking to fairgoers about their projects.Source: Purdue Newslast_img read more

Trans-Pacific Partnership Takes a Hit

first_img SHARE Trans-Pacific Partnership Takes a Hit By Andy Eubank – Dec 15, 2015 SHARE McConnell and TPPThe Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal recently suffered a huge setback after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in an interview Congress should not take up the trade deal before the November elections. McConnell told the Washington Post that President Obama would be making a big mistake by pushing for a vote on TPP during the election cycle and he added there is significant pushback to the trade pact.McConnell opposed the TPP provisions that impact his state’s tobacco industry, Finance Chair Orrin Hatch opposes provisions that affect his state’s pharmaceutical industry and the GOP is reluctant to help Obama score a legacy trade twin. Democrats reliant on labor and environmental support also oppose the deal and congressional and presidential candidates may not want a vote during next spring’s primaries.American Farm Bureau trade advisor Dave Salmonsen says McConnell is speaking for groups that want issues with the TPP addressed.“Senator McConnell is just saying there are issues that different groups want addressed. Even after the agreement has been signed they want some more effort on these, and unless those are looked at and something is done about them, it will be hard to put together the support necessary to get enough votes for passage.”As for the prospects of bringing up the TPP during the lame duck session following the 2016 elections, Salmonsen says there are pros and cons.“If this is a chance to finally get this done after all the political pressures are off, then maybe there will be changes in control. If it looks like this may be the only opportunity to move it that may be an argument to try to get it done in a lame duck. The other argument to that always is lots of issues get put aside during an election year and the lame duck calendar tends to be pretty crowded.”He says the timing of the TPP vote will depend on the political dynamic six months from now. However, putting it off could mean leaving it up to the next President or even risking problems with TPP trading partners. Home Indiana Agriculture News Trans-Pacific Partnership Takes a Hit Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter Previous articleGovernment Accountability Office: EPA Broke the Law on WOTUSNext articleMorning Outlook Andy Eubanklast_img read more

Indiana Grain Company Closes

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News Indiana Grain Company Closes SHARE By Hoosier Ag Today – Apr 12, 2016 SHARE Facebook Twitter Indiana Grain Company Closes According to documents from the Indiana Grain Buyers Warehouse Licensing Agency, Cline Grain of Montgomery County has closed locations in Ladoga, New Market, Hillsboro, Kingman, Danville, and Loogootee. A notice signed by Melissa A. Rekeweg, Interim Director of the Indiana Grain Buyers Warehouse Licensing Agency states that as of April 8 “It is unlawful for Cline Grain, Inc. to receive grain for storage, grain bank, warehouse receipts, deferred pricing or any other grain merchandising.” Terri Cline told The Paper ( a local media outlet) the state would not allow her to say much. When asked how many employees this will affect and how many of those are in Montgomery County, she said, “More than I would like.” Cline expressed regret for the impact this will have on the community and on the employees. “I hate it for the families,” she said. “We had a lot of faithful people. This breaks my heart.”ISDA officials have promised a forthcoming statement on the situation. Details on how much grain is involved and how many farmers are affected have not been released. Facebook Twitter Previous articleOil Giants Spend $115 Million A Year To Oppose Climate Policy and Renewable FuelNext articleUSDA Cuts Corn Demand Estimate Hoosier Ag Todaylast_img read more

Vilsack Worried About the Future of Biofuels

first_img Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told the Des Moines Register that he is worried about the biofuels industry’s future with President-elect Donald Trump naming two opponents of the Renewable Fuel Standard, Rick Perry and Scott Pruitt, to Cabinet positions. Renewable Fuels Association President Bob Dinneen is confident the Trump administration will uphold the law, “I look at Donald Trump and I see someone who believes in American energy, who does believe in value-added agriculture and see jobs here at home. He wants to make sure the rural economy continues to succeed. He has spoken repeatedly about the benefits of ethanol.” Dinneen is looking beyond the RFS. “Donald Trump’s agenda focused on removing unnecessary regulations that may not benefit the environment or consumer in any way,” says Dinneen. “These are regulations that have impeded consumer choice and increased costs to refiners and marketers. It would have a tremendous impact on agriculture across the country.”Source: Red River Farm Network SHARE SHARE Previous articleMarsh Reappointed as State VetNext articlePurdue Study Finds Consuming Meat Does Not Affect Cardiovascular Disease Risk Hoosier Ag Today Vilsack Worried About the Future of Biofuels Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News Vilsack Worried About the Future of Biofuels By Hoosier Ag Today – Dec 26, 2016 last_img read more

Farm Loan Delinquencies Increase, But Remain Historically Low

first_img Farm Loan Delinquencies Increase, But Remain Historically Low New research shows farm loan delinquencies remain historically low. Several years of persistently low net farm income, collapsing levels of working capital, and rising debt, has sparked concern regarding the overall health of the farm economy. However, Agricultural Economic Insights shows that at the end of 2018, delinquencies rates for non-real estate farm loans totaled 1.84 percent. After reaching a low of 0.7 percent in 2014, the measure has trended higher over the last five years, and current levels are at the highest levels since 2011. However, data compiled since 1987 shows the current level of 1.84 percent remains below the 32-year average of 2.26 percent, and current levels are well below the increase in delinquencies observed in 2009, which peaked at 3.15 percent.Further, the delinquencies rate on non-real estate farm loans remains lower than levels experienced during the 1990s and early 2000s. The research concludes that the increase seen over last several years came from historically low levels, attributing to the still below average rate. Home Indiana Agriculture News Farm Loan Delinquencies Increase, But Remain Historically Low Facebook Twitter SHARE SHARE Facebook Twitter Previous articleResurvey of Planted Acres to Provide Clearer Crop EstimatesNext articleU.S. Trade Uncertainty Continues, but Hope for Japan Deal is Up NAFB News Service By NAFB News Service – Jul 9, 2019 last_img read more

Students want more from Walsh

first_imgFrog Corps continues to grow, promote school spirit Twitter The College of Science and Engineering Dean, Phil Hartman, retires after 40 consecutive years The renovations to the Walsh Center for Performing Arts seem to be stopping with the exterior. New library renovation plans draw mixed reactions Matt Johnson TCUnderground holds auditions to prepare for its festival in April Matt is a senior film major and journalism minor from The Woodlands, Texas. He covers Arts, Entertainment and Media for TCU360. Matt Johnson Facebook + posts Facebook Linkedin Twitter Previous articleSalata on Berry Street has a busy first dayNext articleMcLean 6th brings “A Buck and A Bucket” to support a student’s family Matt Johnson RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR printThe exterior renovations on the Walsh Center for Performing Arts finished last year, but many students said they wish that construction had also included the interior.However, it doesn’t seem like interior renovation is in the cards any time soon.“We did not do any renovation on the interior spaces in Walsh, nor are there any plans at this time for future work,” said Harold Leeman, the planning, design and construction director for the TCU Physical Plant.One of the biggest complaints from students is that the interior amenities don’t have enough room to accommodate all the music and theatre majors.Senior music composition major Jalen Monday said the lack of renovations has begun to cause discomfort.“We just need more space and lockers available to us in general,” Monday said. “If they built toward that, then the School of Music student body would be satisfied with construction.”Senior theatre major Dana Cassling said the lack of space makes it hard for music, theatre, and nonperformance majors to coexist.“There is a lot wrong with Walsh,” Cassling said. “Mainly, there’s not enough space for music and theatre to coexist peacefully.”Cassling said she feels as though the beautiful exterior work does not make up for the fact that interior renovations are needed as well.“It’s like they put a new coat of paint on a car with no engine,” Cassling said. Matt Johnson ReddIt Matt Johnson TCUnderground promotes community and diversity through artistic expression Linkedin ReddIt TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Matt Johnson TCU Frog Camps returning to more traditional look this summerlast_img read more

Zoo provides plan to control spring break traffic around zoo

first_imgElizabeth Campbell Twitter Elizabeth Campbell Linkedin Elizabeth Campbell is executive editor of TCU 360 and a senior journalism and political science double major. When not in the newsroom, she’s thinking about the news while probably watching TCU football or being a history nerd. Send her a tip if you have a story to share! With warmer weather and spring break for many Fort Worth schools, the Fort Worth Zoo is preparing for increased attendance with additional staff and parking lots and hiring Fort Worth Police officers.Fort Worth Zoo Communications Director Alexis Wilson said the zoo once again has an “extremely well-coordinated plan” that will get people into parking lots and the zoo “in an orderly fashion.”“Most people arrive at the front of the zoo to find short ticket lines and quick entry,” Wilson said.Fort Worth officer Mario Cabello said that there are 10 to 14 officers helping to control traffic and set up cones. The zoo is providing extra lots for parking around the zoo and across University.Fort Worth resident Jessica Lockhart went to the zoo this week because her sons were on spring break and wanted to see the giraffes and the new baby gorilla “Gus.” She said she had to wait about 10 minutes in traffic and park further away than she usually does.“Traffic was a little hectic but it was to be expected since it’s spring break,” Lockhart said. “They were definitely prepared for the crowd.”The City of Fort Worth also made an effort to prepare for the crowd releasing a statement warning people to “be prepared for long waits at intersections as you approach the zoo.”The statement also told people about the Fort Worth Transportation Authority Safari Shuttle. The shuttle stops at Bus Bay 5 A, adjacent to the Trinity Railway Express platform at the Intermodal Transportation Center on Jones Street, and the zoo’s main entrance on Colonial Parkway. Transportation Authority Communications Manager Laura Hanna said the shuttle is there to “help ease traffic during a very busy time.”“Our Safari Shuttle uses a back-door route that avoids much of the traffic congestion,” Hanna said. “Our passengers won’t need to pay for parking at the zoo – or spend time looking for a parking space.”The Safari Shuttle stops outside the zoo entrance.The shuttle cost $3.50 for adults and $1.75 for children under 18 and seniors who are 65 and older if they have their reduced ID card. It is free for children age five and younger. The first shuttle leaves the ITC at 9:30 a.m. and the last shuttle leaves the zoo at 6 p.m. They run every 30 minutes, Hanna said.The zoo also has plans to handle the increase in attendance inside the zoo. Wilson said the zoo added more food locations and restroom facilities in the zoo, as well as extra staff members stationed throughout the zoo to assist guests.Oklahoma resident Anna Hudson traveled down to Fort Worth because she said she wanted to see if “the zoo is as great as everyone says it is.” Hudson said she didn’t have any trouble parking, despite hearing from other people that it would be difficult. Although she was confused about where to park, she said that she was able to ask people to figure it out.“I maybe waited about five minutes,” Hudson said. “For this amount of people they are handling it really well.”The city warned that the traffic around the zoo could be the worst Wednesday when the zoo offers half-priced admission.[<a href=”//” target=”_blank”>View the story “Fort Worth Zoo Spring Break” on Storify</a>] + posts Twitter Facebook Alumna joins ‘Survivor’ reality show in quest for a million dollars print ReddIt Elizabeth Campbell Grains to grocery: One bread maker brings together farmers and artisans at locally-sourced store WATCH: Former Chief of Staff for Obama talks Trump administration, Democrats, liberal arts education Breakdown: Cambridge Analytica, information warfare Linkedin Facebook ReddIt Elizabeth Campbell CRES negotiates move to interdisciplinary unit amid student resistance Previous articleFort Worth police officer shot; one suspect dead, second suspect in custodyNext articleFour fun ways to spend spring break in Cowtown Elizabeth Campbell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Elizabeth Campbell Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature Fort Worth set to elect first new mayor in 10 years Saturdaylast_img read more

TCU Rhino Initiative Club plans screening, giveaways for World Rhino Day

first_imgExperts share strategies for sustainability during the holidays World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Twitter ReddIt Students stand next to an anesthetized white rhino after assisting with a dehorning procedure in South Africa led by Dr. William Fowlds. Many of the students on the 2019 trip later helped found the TCU Rhino Initiative Club. (Courtesy: Dr. Michael Slattery) Environmental spotlight: Explaining the twin threats facing shark and ray populations worldwide Facebook Linkedin Twitter Camilla Price TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Linkedin Previous articleDemand for mental health services increases amid COVID-19Next articleWhat we’re reading: Hurricane Sally causes record floods, Big Ten Conference proceeds with football season Camilla Price RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Camilla Price + posts Camilla Price Welcome TCU Class of 2025 Camilla Price printThe TCU Rhino Initiative Club will celebrate World Rhino Day on Sept. 22 with screenings and activities to raise awareness of the rhinoceros poaching crisis.Collaborating with The Crew, the club will screen the short film, “Sides of a Horn,” which covers the rhino poaching crisis, at 5, 5:30 and 6 p.m. in the Brown-Lupton University Union Auditorium. The first 30 documentary watchers will receive free tickets to the Fort Worth Zoo.From 5-6:30 p.m., the club will also be tabling with educational materials and merchandise in the Campus Commons and outside the auditorium and will feature free rides on a mechanical bull with a rhino horn attached. The first 30 bull riders will receive free kits with a rhino stuffed animal, socks and animal crackers.The club was founded by students who participated in the TCU Rhino Initiative in South Africa, led by Dr. Michael Slattery, a professor of environmental science. Slattery launched the initiative in 2014 to give students the opportunity to study abroad in South Africa and learn about the country’s wildlife and humanitarian challenges with a focus on rhinos.He said he always wanted to do something in South Africa, where he grew up, in part because he has felt guilty about never returning to his home. “I always wanted to try and find a way to give back,” said Slattery. “And when this opportunity came along, to start this initiative with funding from TCU, it seemed like a kind of natural fit for me.”Every summer, Slattery takes a group of students to Amakhala Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, where they spend time with local communities and with renowned veterinarian Dr. William Fowlds.“The initial goal was really kind of narrow around the study abroad,” Slattery said. “It’s accomplished a lot more than that in that we’ve been able to raise awareness and raise funding because wildlife conservation is expensive.”The club has raised funds for rhino conservation by selling merchandise and through registrations for its annual 5K Rhino Run, which will take place in March.Specifically, it has provided funds for rhino management procedures, drones and anti-poaching patrol units in Amakhala, along with awareness initiatives and community programs that bring local schoolchildren into the reserve.“I look at rhinos in a similar way I suppose to forests in that one thing we have to do as quickly as we can protect as many as we can.”Dr. Michael SlatteryThree or more rhinos are poached every day in Africa for their horns, which are valued in Asia as a status symbol and for use in traditional medicine, according to the International Rhino Foundation.While rhinos are not keystone species with a disproportionate effect on the health of the ecosystems where they live, they still change their habitat by browsing or grazing to keep vegetation trimmed back. They have defense mechanisms to protect themselves from other animals, but Slattery said “they’re essentially defenseless against human beings.” Amakhala is home to white and black rhinos, the latter of which are critically endangered, with just over 5,000 individuals remaining.A female Sumatran rhino named Ratu, right, is seen with her newly-born calf at Way Kambas National Park in Lampung, Indonesia, Monday, June 25, 2012. Ratu, a highly endangered Sumatran rhinoceros, gave birth to the calf Saturday in western Indonesia, a forestry official said. It is only the fifth known birth in captivity for the species in 123 years. (AP Photo)Students leading the wayAfter traveling to South Africa in the summer of 2019, a group of TCU students came back with a mission: saving rhinos from extinction.Katie Lawton, a senior environmental science major and president of the Rhino Initiative Club, has always loved animals but said her personal experience with rhinos led to a special connection.“I think the biggest takeaway that most of us got from the trip was just the emotional aspect of it … I’ve always cared about endangered species, but until you actually go there and you see what’s happening, and we got to actually put our hands on a rhino as it was being dehorned, and that’s something you can’t really replace,” she said.Read more: TCU students can prevent deforestation from palm oilJulie Miler, a junior marketing and film double major who serves as the public relations coordinator for the club, said no trip affected her more than her study abroad in South Africa, where she was able to see the direct results of the donations. “Well, I got to see the buildings, like the anti-poaching unit that was labeled right on it, ‘Sponsored by TCU,’ and the military-grade drone that they use to watch over the park and try and protect their animals from poachers,” she said.Miler said the experience changed everyone’s perspectives so much that they wanted to keep doing conservation work after leaving South Africa.Moving forward, though, Lawton and Miler said the club will expand beyond rhinos.“You can make a difference wherever you are, and I think that’s just the main thing I want to let [students] know, like how they can make a difference for global wildlife, not just rhinos but species in general in their day-to-day lives,” Lawton said.Miler said the club welcomes students who are passionate about all species. “We want to help all animals, we’re all conservationists at heart,” Miller said.More information can be found on the TCU Rhino Initiative Instagram page. Camilla Price ReddIt I’m a junior studying biology and journalism, and I believe everyone can make a difference for wildlife. I wear pink, bleed purple and live green. Ask me about okapi and let me know your ideas for making TCU greener. ‘Liters for Life’ student campaign raises funds for global water crisis Facebooklast_img read more