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Obama Vetoes Keystone XL Pipeline Bill By: 02/24/2015 @ 3:55pm

The Keystone XL cross-country oil pipeline is headed back to the drawing board.On Tuesday, President Barack Obama notified Congressional leaders his intention to veto…

ASA Backs Trade, Biodiesel By: 03/01/2015 @ 8:01pm

Soybean farmers repeated their support for trade promotion authority (TPA) for the president at Saturday’s Commodity…

More Ethanol Pumps Are Top NCGA Goal By: 02/28/2015 @ 9:00pm

Farmers wrapped up policy debates at the Commodity Classic in Phoenix, Arizona Saturday, tackling trade issues, defense…

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Vilsack: Part of Farm Bill Sign-up Deadline Extended By: 02/27/2015 @ 11:01am

While speaking to the nation’s corn, sorghum, soybean, and wheat growers at the 2015 Commodity Classic, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Friday an extension to the sign-up program for parts of this…

USDA Increases Ethanol Support By: 02/27/2015 @ 8:15am

Speaking to the ethanol lobbying group, Growth Energy, Agriculture Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack Thursday announced more USDA support for bioenergy research and farmer production of biomass but also…

Prevented Planting Jitters By: 02/26/2015 @ 2:09pm

Something about prevented-planting coverage under federal crop insurance makes delegates to the National Corn Growers Association’s Corn Congress nervous.The subject came up at the group’s first policy…

NCGA Lobbyist Sees Threats and Opportunities By: 02/25/2015 @ 7:06pm

Congress would take actions helpful to agriculture and rural America, but it also may trim important farm programs, Jon Doggett, the National Corn Growers Association veteran lobbyist, told members at an…

Vilsack Hedges on Farm Bill Sign-Up Extension By: 02/24/2015 @ 11:47am

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and the USDA got high marks from farmers and members of the Senate Agriculture Committee Tuesday at an oversight hearing in Washington led by the new Committee Chairman Pat…

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