In a dramatic shift from the leadership of former Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., new chairman Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., devoted more attention to problems with trade than to its benefits on May 1 when Trade Representative Michael Froman appeared before his committee to discuss the Obama administration’s trade agenda.
Everything from the “actively engaged rule” and conservation compliance to the Brazil cotton case and the new position of agriculture undersecretary for trade came up when Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack testified before the Senate Agriculture Committee May 7 on the implementation of the 2014 farm bill.
The propane industry and the government need to take action soon or the country will face an even worse propane shortage next winter than it did this past year, a Minnesota turkey grower testified May 1 before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
What was looking to be another ho-hum tilt for North Dakota commissioner of agriculture could be one of the spotlight races of the 2014 political season. Instead of grousing over a likely slam-dunk for a popular Republican incumbent, Democrats are salivating over the real possibility they can win the ag office.
We are governors from neighboring states and different political parties. We don’t agree on everything, but we stand united in our belief that our nation needs a robust Renewable Fuel Standard and together in our opposition to the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to weaken the RFS.
Mark Dayton and Terry Branstad
March 03, 2014
A cattle rancher and former state senator who made an unsuccessful bid for governor in 2012 is considering a run for state agriculture commissioner, a job currently held by a Republican who faces a challenge for the GOP endorsement.
The NDFB is advancing a hubristic notion that what’s good for the Farm Bureau is good for North Dakota. It follows that the organization would attempt to work its will and impose a self-serving agenda on the state via a compliant Legislature and a hand-picked ag commissioner. Thoughtful North Dakotans should say “no” to that aim.
Fargo Forum Editorial Board
February 24, 2014
The period of U.S. farm bills where the instruments were designed around compensation policies that used price support and supply management programs allowing farmers to remain in production during long periods of low prices — the result of four centuries of publicly sponsored developmental policies — ended with the adoption of the 1996 farm bill.
Daryll E. Ray and Harwood Schaffer
February 10, 2014
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