NACD Praises Farm Bill Conference Report

first_img By Andy Eubank – Jan 27, 2014 NACD Praises Farm Bill Conference Report SHARE Facebook Twitter National Association of Conservation Districts President Earl Garber (pictured) says the farm bill conference report is evidence of a strong, bipartisan understanding of the true value conservation brings to the landscape and the economy. He notes the conference report provides an increase in funding and the establishment of permanent baselines to critical programs like the Environmental Quality Incentives Program – or EQIP. NACD says the conference report includes two of the group’s top farm bill priorities – conservation compliance tied to crop insurance and language to streamline the conservation Technical Assistance delivery process. Garber says linking conservation compliance to crop insurance will further the conservation of natural resources while protecting the producer’s bottom line. NACD has also been an advocate for changes to streamline the TA delivery process by giving decision-making authority to the Secretary of USDA for effective implementation of conservation programs. NACD is calling on all parties invested in conservation to urge their members of Congress to vote in favor of the farm bill. Garber says the nation’s farmers and landowners deserve to have long-term certainty to effectively and efficiently manage their land, resources and businesses for the years ahead.Not Everyone Happy with Agricultural Act of 2014 Conference ReportThe American Meat Institute, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, National Chicken Council, National Pork Producers Council, National Turkey Federation and North American Meat Association say they will oppose the farm bill because it doesn’t contain provisions to change the country of origin labeling for red meat rules or restrict implementation of the provision from the 2008 Farm Bill to alter USDA’s implementation of the Packers and Stockyards Act. National Farmers Union supports the provisions in the bill and asks members of Congress to listen to family farmers, ranchers and consumers to support the bill and get it done.Source: NAFB News Service Facebook Twitter SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News NACD Praises Farm Bill Conference Report Previous articleHouse-Senate Negotiators Announce Bipartisan Agreement on Final Farm BillNext articleSevere Cold Generating Premiums for Corn Delivery Andy Eubanklast_img read more

Slow Comeback for US Beef Industry

first_img Previous articleEngine Experts Talk EthanolNext articleSenators Urge USTR to Seek Ag Agreement with Japan in TPP Talks Gary Truitt Hurt also said the following would be hindrances to expansion:* Retaining heifers to replace breeding cows is expensive for producers.* Beef producers have struggled through a long period of narrow margins, so it will take a longer time of profitability to restore their confidence. Slow Comeback for US Beef Industry SHARE Facebook Twitter Listen to Hurt talk about the beef industry (Podcast). High beef prices are expected to reduce export demand, and beef will have some strong consumer competition from higher pork, turkey and chicken supplies. “However, low beef supplies will dominate these drivers and likely push cattle prices to another record year,” Hurt said. “Finished cattle prices are expected to average about $135 per live hundredweight in 2014, exceeding the previous record high near $126 in 2013.” Hurt said two main factors are driving increased beef profit potential. The first is that small herd numbers have kept beef supplies low. The second is that U.S. corn, soybean and forage crops returned to more normal yield levels, bringing with them more abundant feed and lower feed prices. The combination has resulted in record-high prices for fed cattle and calves this winter. Home News Feed Slow Comeback for US Beef Industrycenter_img By Gary Truitt – Feb 23, 2014 Facebook Twitter * Drought still has its grasp on large areas of beef-production regions. But even with the challenges, Hurt said there seems to be plenty of expansion incentives over the next few years.”The price outlook is extremely favorable for 2014 to 2016 for the beef industry,” he said. “Beef supplies this year are expected to be down 5 percent, while domestic demand is expected to remain positive.” While the USDA’s most recent cattle inventory report showed that the number of replacement heifers held back for breeding is up about 2 percent, that increase isn’t likely enough to grow beef cow numbers this year. Whether the national beef herd grows or declines in the coming months and years will depend, in large part, on cow slaughter numbers, Hurt said. “Some cow/calf operations will see 2014 as the golden opportunity to get out with record-high cow prices,” he said. “But the greater tendency will be for producers to hold on to the cows for the profitable opportunities that are expected over the next three or more years.” Recent record-high cattle prices and lower feed costs could offer producers the profit incentives they need to start expanding their herds after U.S. beef cattle numbers at the start of this year reached their lowest point since 1951, Purdue Extension agricultural economistChris Hurt says The nation’s beef cattle herd has been declining for many years, with the most recent phase beginning in 2007 when high feed prices led to large financial losses for producers. Since that time, major beef-production areas also have been dealing with drought. But if lower feed costs and high cattle prices hold steady, producers could start to slowly grow their operations. “While the incentives have turned positive, they have not been in place long enough for the industry to begin registering signs of expansion according to U.S. Department of Agriculture numbers,” Hurt said. “The rebuilding of the beef herd is expected to take multiple years.” SHARElast_img read more

Vilsack Continues Push for Trade

first_imgNegotiations between Hatch (R-UT) who chairs the committee, its ranking member Wyden (D-OR), and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) are taking place at the staff level over the spring congressional break and “continue to make progress,” Hatch spokesman Julia Lawless said, confirming only that the senator hopes to move legislation “this spring.” Wyden has sought to include provisions to give Congress more power and oversight over the fast-tracking of trade deals. By Gary Truitt – Apr 5, 2015 Facebook Twitter The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) would lower import tariffs on US farm products  that, in some cases, are as high as 200%. He said, in addition, this agreement will put the US in a leadership role in Asian trade but, without it, China will step in and dictate the rules, “The US must decide if we are going to be an influence in Asian trade or cede that opportunity to China.” He added that China is already negotiating an all Asia trade deal with other Pacific rim nations, “This all Asia agreement will not lower tariffs on US products and will not be concerned about labor standards, intellectual property rights, or the environment.” Vilsack Continues Push for Trade Home Indiana Agriculture News Vilsack Continues Push for Trade The TPA bill is currently on Capitol Hill is before the Senate Finance Committee where the strongest opposition comes, ironically, from the President’s own party. Vilsack said TPA needs to be passed by Congress by the end of 2015. Senate aides have circulated a tentative date of mid-April for advancing “fast-track” trade legislation in the recognition that Sens. Orrin Hatch and Ron Wyden have to move quickly to finalize a deal on the bill or risk losing their chance to get it passed by the end of the spring session, several lobbyists and congressional sources have told POLITICO. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack is continuing his push for Trade Promotion Authority (TPA)and specifically for the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal. Over the weekend, Vilsack spoke to Business Forward, an organization of  US small businessmen, stressing that passage of Trade Promotion Authority by Congress is vital to secure an Asian trade deal that is good for agriculture and for all the US economy. He said 30% of all US agricultural sales are export related, “Often times the level of export sales is equal to the amount of net farm income the agricultural community realized from year to year. The bottom line is that US exports are critically important to the farm economy and to the US economy.” SHARE Facebook Twitter SHARE Previous articleWhose Safe is SafeNext articleSunday Outlook Gary Truitt Vilsack Continues Push for Tradelast_img read more

USDA Issues Payments in Response to 2015 Markets

first_img SHARE USDA Issues Payments in Response to 2015 Markets SHARE On Tuesday, the U. S. Department of Agriculture announced payments to farmers enrolled in safety-net programs due to market downturns during the 2015 crop year. USDA says many of the 1.7 million farms enrolled in either the Agriculture Risk Coverage or Price Loss Coverage programs will receive payments. USDA will issue more than $7 billion in payments, which USDA says is more than 10 percent of the projected 2016 net farm income. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says the payments will “provide reassurance” to farmers “who are standing strong against low commodity prices.”Unlike the old direct payment program, which issued payments during both weak and strong market conditions, the 2014 Farm Bill authorized the ARC-PLC safety net to trigger and provide financial assistance only when decreases in revenues or crop prices, respectively, occur.Source: NAFB News Service By Hoosier Ag Today – Oct 4, 2016 Home Indiana Agriculture News USDA Issues Payments in Response to 2015 Markets Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter Previous articleLate Planted Corn May Yield Better than ExpectedNext articleSeptember Ag Economy Sentiment Ticks Up Hoosier Ag Todaylast_img read more

Yes, Virginia, Your Food is Safe

first_img Yes, Virginia, Your Food is Safe SHARE Church urged Virginia to have faith in the world, “Only faith, fancy, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, VIRGINIA, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding.” Fortunately, when it comes to food, we do not have to take its safety on faith. Research, regulations, and science can give us verifiable proof about our food. The trick is to put our faith in facts that are real and not in those that are simply made up. By Gary Truitt – Dec 18, 2016 Facebook Twitter Virginia was prompted to write her letter because several of her friends had told her Santa was not real. If she had written today, her question may have been, “Is the food my mom serves me safe?”  She would have likely had some of her friends and her mom’s friends tell her it was not. They would have told her that her food was filled with chemicals, drugs, and genetically modified organisms.  Just as Church said in his letter, “Virginia, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds.”  Today this is at the heart of the problem with consumer trust in their food supply; they are skeptical of what they do not understand or comprehend. Since most consumers have little experience with food production or comprehension of modern agriculture, this is not surprising. Even when the facts are presented and government agencies say food items are safe,  the “skepticism of a skeptical age” keeps them from believing it. Tidings of comfort and joy from all of us at Hoosier Ag Today Facebook Twitter Virginia’s father had her write her letter to the newspaper in the belief that, “If you see it in The Sun, it’s so.”  Today, she would have posted her query about food safety on Facebook or tweeted it on Twitter.  Because, if it is on the internet, then it is so. Unfortunately, the response would not likely have been thoughtful and classic prose, but would have been rather snide, rude, and contained slams against Monsanto. Yes, Virginia, we still live in a skeptical age.center_img Church, in his response to Virginia, described what the world would be like without the hope, love, and joy that Santa represents, “Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus. It would be as dreary as if there were no VIRGINIAS. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight.” Alas, Virginia, what would your food supply be like if there were not the bounty, efficiency, and technology that is involved in our food supply today? It would certainly not be as plentiful, varied, convenient, tasty, safe, nutritious, and affordable. Without modern agriculture, our food supply would be similar to what it was in 1897.  In addition, a large number of your friends, Virginia, would live on farms because it would take a much larger portion of the U.S. population to produce enough food. Yes, Virginia, your food is safe, so feel free to enjoy it this holiday. Be sure to leave some out for Santa. Despite what you might read on the internet, Santa is not a vegan, does not have any allergies or gluten issues, and is not lactose intolerant. SHARE In 1897, Dr. Philip O’Hanlon, a coroner’s assistant in Manhattan, was asked by his then eight-year-old daughter, Virginia, whether Santa Claus really existed. O’Hanlon suggested she write to The Sun, a prominent New York City newspaper at the time, assuring her that “If you see it in The Sun, it’s so.”  The task of responding to Virginia’s question fell to Francis Pharcellus Church, an editor at the paper who took the opportunity to rise above the simple question and to address the philosophical issues behind it. His response became a journalistic classic and his headline, “Yes Virginia There is a Santa Claus,” has become a lexicon in American culture.  Today Virginia’s question and Church’s response can be applied to the issue of food safety and modern agriculture. By Gary Truitt Home Commentary Yes, Virginia, Your Food is Safe Previous articlePanel Hears EPA Testimony on GlyphosateNext articleMake the Most of Holiday Party Leftovers Gary Truittlast_img read more

NCGA Calls on EPA to Follow Law, Keep RFS Whole

first_img By Hoosier Ag Today – Nov 26, 2019 Home Indiana Agriculture News NCGA Calls on EPA to Follow Law, Keep RFS Whole Previous articleRep. Walorski Sponsored Bill to Preserve Family FarmsNext articleSOS on Turkey Day – My Turkey Isn’t Ready, What Do I Do Now? Hoosier Ag Today SHARE NCGA Calls on EPA to Follow Law, Keep RFS Whole Facebook Twitter SHARE The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) today submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in response to EPA’s supplemental proposed rule for the 2020 volume standards under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program.Rather than addressing the impact of waived renewable fuel gallons based on exemptions actually granted by EPA, the proposed rule would use a three-year average of Department of Energy (DOE) recommended waivers. By using DOE recommendations, not actual waived gallons, EPA’s proposal to redistribute any future waived gallons is half of what President Trump previously committed to farm-state Senators.“EPA’s proposal does not ensure sufficiently accurate projections for waived gallons and, therefore, will continue to shortchange the RFS when waivers are granted,” NCGA President Kevin Ross wrote. “Farmers are once again asking EPA to uphold the law and the integrity of the RFS.”Since early 2018, EPA has granted 85 RFS exemptions to refineries for the 2016, 2017 and 2018 RFS compliance years, totaling 4.04 billion ethanol-equivalent gallons of renewable fuel.More than 1900 corn farmers have submitted comments to the EPA urging they follow the law and uphold the President’s commitment to farmers and the RFS.Source: National Corn Growers Association Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Hoosier Ag Today Welcomes Kim Stockment to Team

first_img Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News Hoosier Ag Today Welcomes Kim Stockment to Team Hoosier Ag Today, Indiana’s leading agricultural media organization, is proud to welcome Kim Stockment to its team. Stockment will be managing local and regional sales activities for HAT and its sister network Michigan Ag Today. She will be working closely with agribusinesses and organizations to help them deliver their messages and information to the Indiana and Michigan farm communities via their extensive radio and digital networks.An Alum of Purdue College of Agriculture, Stockment has most recently worked for Purdue Online as the Program Administrator for the  Program Support team. She also has experience as a conference coordinator and event planner. “I am excited to join the team at Hoosier Ag Today. My passion for Agriculture is part of who I am. I grew up on a row crop operation in Northwest Indiana, and my greatest pleasure is seeing my kids’ faces light up when we get to help out on the farm. I am a 10 year 4-H member and served the Indiana FFA as State President in 2000-2001. Life has come full circle as I’m now parenting two of our three kids through the 4-H program. They are also testing the Livestock judging team and are excited to get to middle/high school to officially join FFA themselves. After working at Purdue University for the last 13 years, I’m excited for this new challenge and to meet those making the biggest difference for agriculture in our great State,” Stockment said.“The addition of Kim to our team represents a significant commitment to the future of agriculture,” said HAT president Gary Truitt. “In good times and bad, our advertisers need an effective and affordable way to communicate their message to farmers. With her understanding of and passion for agriculture, Kim will provide our customers the kind of customized service they deserve.”Stockment is a volunteer with her local FFA and 4-H chapters and lives with her husband and 3 children in Brookston, Indiana. Facebook Twitter Hoosier Ag Today Welcomes Kim Stockment to Team SHARE By Gary Truitt – Apr 1, 2020 SHARE Previous articleDFA Acquires Majority of Dean Foods for $433MNext articleThis Unusual 2020 Will Require More Financial Prep and Planning Gary Truittlast_img read more

New fire and police training center opens in Fort Worth

first_imgJamie Manning Twitter Linkedin ReddIt printMembers of the Fort Worth community came together on Thursday to celebrate the grand opening of the Bob Bolen Public Safety Complex.The new facility, located at 505 W Felix St., includes modern technology and advanced training environments for both the police and fire departments.“Our previous facility was built many years ago,” Fire Chief Rudy Jackson said. “Many of the things that we use to train were out-of-date.”Finding a new location was also necessary because of the Trinity River Vision project planning to take over some of the area where the old facility was located.“We needed a facility that not only fits our needs today, but leaves expansion room for tomorrow,” interim Chief of Police Rhonda Robertson said.The project was $97.4 million and funded by Fort Worth taxpayers. The mayor said the complex is an investment for the city.“The facility will benefit the Fort Worth community by building the best trained public safety,” Mayor Betsy Price said. “If a citizen is in need, they will get the best of the best.”The 500,000 square feet of indoor training space was repurposed from two pre-World War II warehouses, which resulted in significant financial savings.“The history is very important to know,” Price said.All of the original wood has been reclaimed to preserve the building’s history.When deciding what to name the new complex, the city council’s vote was unanimous.“Former Mayor Bob Bolen touched so many lives in this city and really got us to where we are today,” Price said. “There was no one better to name it after.”Bolen was Fort Worth’s longest-serving mayor from 1982-1991. He then went on to work at TCU as the senior advisor to the chancellor until he died Jan. 6, 2014.“Bob Bolen always did all he could to support public safety and this facility does just that,” Robertson said. “It helps us modernize, enhance and expand our training to educate and support the firefighters and police officers of Fort Worth.” Linkedin Jamie Manning Sundance Square’s Christmas tree lighting brings the spirit of giving Facebook Jamie Manning Facebook Twitter Jamie Manning ReddIt The State Fair of Texas opens for the season Humane Society of North Texas raises money in annual “Trick or Trot” Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature Grains to grocery: One bread maker brings together farmers and artisans at locally-sourced store Junior League of Fort Worth hosts annual holiday gift market Previous articleDylan Thomas dominates early in the seasonNext articleQ & A with Bob Schieffer Jamie Manning RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR + posts Fort Worth set to elect first new mayor in 10 years Saturday Jamie Manning read more

Magnolia Ave. offers restaurant options for graduation weekend

first_imgPeyton Davis Previous articleTCU graduation weekend event guideNext articlePhotos: 2015 Fall Commencement Peyton Davis RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin Facebook ‘Liters for Life’ student campaign raises funds for global water crisis Peyton Davis Salata on Berry Street has a busy first day Brewed is a perfect place to stop by for coffee or Sunday brunch. Twitter Facebook ReddIt Cane Rosso, Magnolia Ave Fort Worth + posts Cane Rosso, Magnolia Ave Fort Worth Linkedin TCU retirees gather for book clubcenter_img print Fort Worth’s first community fridge program helps serve vulnerable neighborhoods Brewed is a perfect place to stop by for coffee or Sunday brunch. TCU social work majors go into the field to help support Fort Worth’s homeless Girl Scouts to participate in the homecoming parade Twitter Peyton Davis ReddIt Brewed, Magnolia Ave Fort Worth Peyton Davis Peyton Davis Jimmy John’s may extend business hours As graduation quickly approaches, friends and family of graduates will be celebrating in the area. Magnolia Avenue offers great restaurant options for those families to gather with graduates.Brewed is a coffeehouse that offers an exceptional brunch and a fun atmosphere. It’s a great choice for Saturday or Sunday brunch with the family. Brewed accepts reservations.“Brewed has amazing lattes,” said Alex Cheetwood, a senior fashion merchandising major. “The interior has just such fun vibes. It’s very artsy. I’m excited to bring my family to brunch there on Sunday.”Another fun restaurant located right around the corner from Brewed is Live Oak Music Hall & Lounge.It will offer live music on Friday, Saturday and Sunday night of graduation weekend.Free shows start at 6 p.m. on the rooftop, but guests will have to pay for the next artist who begins at 8 p.m.. Live Oak also has a full bar and a great local beer selection.“My relatives are coming down and Live Oak is a perfect place for drinks before going out to dinner,” said Taylor Reisdorf, a senior Spanish and strategic communication double major.Cane Rosso is located right next to Brewed and offers true Neapolitan pizza.The small restaurant creates an intimate setting and would be a great dinner spot for the whole family. Cane Rosso’s pizzas are cooked in a wood-fired oven at 900 degrees and are ready in just 90 seconds.Other restaurants located on “Restaurant Row” include Lili’s Bistro, Shinjuku Station, Nonna Tata, Ellerbe Fine Foods, Cat City Grill and Magnolia Cheese Company. Peyton is a senior fashion merchandising major with a journalism minor from Sioux City, Iowa. She covers retirees for TCU360.last_img read more

TCU Baseball announces TV schedule

first_imgFacebook What to watch during quarantine TCU wants ex-professor’s discrimination suit dismissed Twitter DBU vs TCU during Game 6 of the 2017 Fort Worth NCAA Regional at the Lupton Stadium on the TCU campus in Fort Worth, Texas on June 5, 2017. Photos by Michael Clements. printThe Big 12 Conference, along with ESPN and FOX Sports, announced the 2018 NCAA baseball television schedule Monday.In addition to ESPN and Fox Sports, TCU will play on third-tier television stations. In all, the Horned Frogs will play on television 24 times this season. The schedule features five games on ESPNU, four games on ESPN3, two games on Fox Sports 1, two on the Longhorn Network and one on the Pac-12 Network. The remaining 10 will be played on either Fox Sports Southwest or Fox Sports Southwest Plus.The Horned Frogs will begin their ESPNU schedule on Friday, March 30 and Saturday, March 31 at Oklahoma State. TCU fans will see the Frogs on ESPNU again on Friday, April 7, this time against Oklahoma in Fort Worth. TCU will conclude their ESPNU slate against Texas Tech, playing the Red Raiders on national television both Saturday, April 28 and Sunday, April 29.TCU Baseball vs Missouri State during the Fort Worth Super Regional at Lupton Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas on June 10, 2017. Photo by Michael ClementsTCU will open their broadcast schedule at Grand Canyon University Friday, Feb. 16 on ESPN3. TCU’s other three games on ESPN3 will be held April 13-15 against the Kansas Jayhawks.The Frogs will play on FS1 Friday, April 27 against Texas Tech and Thursday, May 17 at the University of Texas at Austin.The Big 12 Championship, scheduled from May 23-27 at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City, will be aired on FOX College Sports for the sixth consecutive year. The finale is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. on FOX Sports Regional Networks.Every TCU baseball game can be heard on the campus radio station, 88.7 FM KTCU. Robbie Vaglio Robbie Vaglio TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks Facebook Robbie Vaglio Snow temporarily stepping down as honors dean Linkedin Two students joined harassment and discrimination lawsuit against TCU Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award Linkedin I am the executive editor of TCU 360 from Raleigh, North Carolina. If you walk by my desk in the newsroom you’ll immediately know I’m Post Malone’s biggest fan. I’m always looking for a good story to tell! If you have any story ideas, feel free to reach out! Go Panthers! ReddIt TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hello + posts Robbie Vaglio Previous articleNo. 24 women’s tennis falls to Arizona StateNext articleSophomore sets school record in weight throw Robbie Vaglio RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Robbie Vaglio ReddIt Twitterlast_img read more