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Farm Bureau Reaction to EPA/ Army Corps Clean Water Proposed Rule

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Army Corps) jointly released a proposed rule to clarify protection under the Clean Water Act for streams and wetlands. The proposed definitions of waters will apply to all Clean Water Act programs. It does not protect any new types of waters that have not historically been covered under the Clean Water Act and is consistent with the Supreme Court's more narrow reading of Clean Water Act jurisdiction according to an EPA press [More]

Solar panels provide major cost savings for Lakeside Dairy

In 2008, investors called brothers Mike and Manuel Monteiro asking them to sell or lease part of their 2,500-acre dairy operation for the installation of solar panels because of its proximity to a PG&E substation in Kings County, Calif. When the recession hit and costs became a growing concern, Mike Monteiro decided to take another look at solar, as he explained in this video shot during a visit by participants in an AGCO media event at the Monteiro’s Lakeside Dairy.

How will delayed spring affect final corn acres?

Elton Robinson | Delta Farm Press - Prospects for an early-planted U.S. corn crop are fading quickly and the extended outlook is for more cold, wet weather in the Midwest, but it’s still too early to suggest significant shifting from corn to soybeans, according to grain analyst Mike Krueger of The Money Farm, speaking at the Minneapolis Grain Exchange press briefing on USDA’s Prospective Plantings and quarterly grain stocks reports.

ASFMRA Legislative Action News

Legislative Action News – Vol. 6, Issue VII- [April 8, 2014]

  • Farm Bureau Reaction to EPA/Army Corps Clean Water Proposed Rule
  • USDA Announces Continuation of Certain Farm Programs
  • Senate Clears Tax Extender Bill
  • An important step in extending the tax incentive
  • FSA is requesting comments on AD-2047 Customer Data Worksheet
  • Fannie Mae Releases New Guidelines for Rural Appraisals
  • Agencies Issue Proposed Rule on Minimum Requirements for Appraisal Management Companies
  • Agricultural Tax Reform
  • In Memory – Carol R. Baldus, Jr., ARA, LaPata, MD

Legislative Action News – Vol. 6, Issue VI- [March 18, 2014]

  • New Farm Bill Highlights
  • 2015 President’s Budget Proposals
  • USDA Announces Farm Bill Listening Sessions
  • House Introduces Bill Protecting Farmers Private Information
  • Rep. Roby Leaves House Ag Committee – Replaced by Rep. McAllister
  • EPA Water Rules Regulation Imminent?
  • FAA releases fact sheet about Unmanned Aerial System regulations
  • New USDA agriculture census report shows trends
  • Wells Fargo lowers FHA credit scores to 600
  • New farm program made easy

Legislative Action News – Vol. 6, Issue V- [March 4, 2014]

  • USDA Sees Plunging Income
  • Secretary Vilsack Outlines Farm Bill Implementation Time Frame
  • House Tax Reform Proposal Released
  • Congressional Tax Proposals Would Cost Agriculture $4.8 Billion
  • New “Crop Insurance: Just the Facts” website explains 2014 farm bill changes
  • Technology, data privacy concern farmers and ranchers
  • ‘Significantly different’ farm bill will need education on provisions

Legislative Action News – Vol. 6, Issue IV- [February 18, 2014]

  • USDA Assistance to Californians Impacted by Drought
  • Congressional Research Service Farm Bill Summary
  • FHFA: Fannie, Freddie Fail to Analyze Appraisal Data
  • GMOs Seek Natural Food Labels
  • Seed Restrictions May End

Legislative Action News – Vol. 6, Issue III- [February 4, 2014]

  • Senate Approves Farm Bill
  • More Info on the Farm Bill from the Jan 31, 2014 Farm Bill Update
  • Congressional Budget Office Scoring of Agricultural Act of 2014
  • CSP Sign-up Deadline February 7
  • New Jersey Governor Vetoes BPO Legislation for the Second Time
  • Stallman:  Privacy protection vital as use of ‘big data’ grows
  • Fannie Mae Launches Appraiser Quality Monitoring Website

Legislative Action News – Vol. 6, Issue II- [January 21, 2014]

  • Farm Bill Progress Stumbles
  • ASFMRA Comments on EPA Renewable Fuels Proposal
  • Congress Passes FY 2014 Omnibus Appropriations Bill
  • USDA names California counties for drought disaster assistance
  • Senate Mulls Additional Legislation on Appraisal Exemptions

Legislative Action News – Vol. 6, Issue I- [January 7, 2014]

  • A Busy Month for Congress
  • FDA Reopens Comment Period
  • County Committee Election Reminder
  • Verify Your Information for the 2014 Membership Directory
  • Tax extender expiraton would cost farmers
  • 2014 Membership Survey
  • USDA to Guarantee Single Family Loans in Rural Areas

Legislative Action News – Vol. 5, Issue XXIV- [December 17, 2013]

  • Farm Bill End in Sight
  • Budget Agreement Impacts Agriculture
  • Fannie Mae Addresses Appraisal Quality, UCDP Notification
  • USDA to assess changes anticipated for CRP
  • Webinar: Managing Your Agricultural Business in 2014

Legislative Action News – Vol. 5, Issue XXIII- [December 3, 2013]

  • U.S. Senate Committee Proposes Changing Tax Rules for Agriculture
  • EPA Proposes Cutting Ethanol
  • Proposed Standards for Renewable Fuels
  • Crunch Time for Farm Bill
  • Growing Number of American Farmers Selling Directly to Consumers
  • Official Notification – Bylaws & Policy & Procedure Manual Changes

Legislative Action News – Vol. 5, Issue XXII- [November 19, 2013]

  • ESA reform: Farmers focus on voluntary efforts, impact on landowners
  • EPA Proposes Renewable Fuel Standard for 2014
  • USDA Advises Farmers to Plan for Sequester Reduction
  • Options for Reducing the Deficit
  • Long-Term Demand for Beef Mounting

Legislative Action News – Vol. 5, Issue XXI- [November 5, 2013]

  • Storm Brewing in IRS Farm Tax Proposal
  • The market for cattle is breaking records
  • EPA Water Body Connectivity Report – Comments Due by November 6
  • Farm Bill Conference Officially Started
  • USDA Resumes Crop Commodity Loans
  • Nine Banks Face Federal Investigations
  • Learn About TAF’s Partnership with the Department of the Interior
  • Interior Releases Valuation Plan for Land Buy-Back Program

Legislative Action News – Vol. 5, Issue XX- [October 22, 2013]

  • Farm Bill Moving Forward
  • Budget Conference Started
  • USDA October Crop Reports Cancelled
  • Farm Bill Conferees
  • OCC Updates Commercial Real Estate Lending Handbook
  • Is this landowner crazy not to accept this deal?!
  • The overall costs of farming will slip in ’14- Kiplinger Agriculture Letter

Legislative Action News – Vol. 5, Issue XIX- [October 8, 2013]

  • Shutdown
  • House Combines Nutrition Bill with Farm Bill – Senate Names Conferees
  • Economist doubtful farm bill will get done by end of year
  • A huge soybean harvest is underway – Kiplinger Agriculture Letter

Legislative Action News – Vol. 5, Issue XVII- [September 17, 2013]

  • Will Fed take over groundwater regulations?
  • NJ Governor Vetoes BPO Legislation, Cites ‘Consumer Confusion’
  • Crop insurance becomes bigger target as primary safety net
  • ASFMRA Members Complete Successful 2013 Leadership Institute
  • Continuing Resolution Needed to Avoid Government Shut Down
  • Waterways investment vital for agriculture, economy
  • Highlights of 2013 Leadership Institute

Legislative Action News – Vol. 5, Issue XVI- [September 3, 2013]

  • Farm Bill Conference Issues
  • Congress Set to Return Next Week
  • House Appropriations Bill Would Gut Conservation Programs
  • EPA’s SPCC Rule May Go Into Effect in October
  • Vilsack urges end to to farm bill standstill

Legislative Action News – Vol. 5, Issue XV- [August 20, 2013]

  • CRP Payments Subject to Self-Employment Tax?
  • Weather, Crop Progress Levers Farmland Demand
  • USDA Coordinates Cover Crop Policy
  • Immigration reform crucial for health of U.S. agriculture sector?
  • Broad support needed for new farm bill
  • Scam Warning

Legislative Action News – Vol. 5, Issue XIV- [August 6, 2013]

  • Estate Tax to End?
  • Senate Names Farm Bill Conferees – House Does Not
  • House to Vote on “Nutrition” Bill in September
  • USDA Appointments
  • Conservation Programs Slashed Under House Appropriations Bill
  • Staff Changes
  • Senate bill would protect producers’ personal information
  • Applications Still Being Accepted for Leadership Institute

Legislative Action News – Vol. 5, Issue XIII- [July 16, 2013]

  • House Passes Farm Bill without Nutrition Title
  • Next Steps on Farm Bill Uncertain
  • A Comparison of Farm Bill Savings by Major Title
  • FSA Extends Acreage Reporting Dates
  • GSE Reform Bill Introduced
  • New Reciprocity Requirements Now in Place
  • North Dakota, West Virginia Latest States to Enact AMC Legislation
  • The U.S. Corn Belt is breaking its bounds
  • AFBF: Death Tax Repeal Act ‘gets the job done’
  • Applications Now Being Accepted for Leadership Institute

Legislative Action News – Vol. 5, Issue XII- [June 18, 2013]

  • A Big Expansion of Federal Crop Insurance - Kiplinger
  • ASFMRA Signals Support of House Farm Bill & Crop Insurance
  • House Set to Consider Farm Bill
  • Senate Passes Farm Bill
  • CFPB Updates Exam Procedures for Mortgages, Appraisals
  • Applications Now Being Accepted for Leadership Institute

Legislative Action News – Vol. 5, Issue XI- [June 4, 2013]

  • New Cash Crop – Insects – Kiplinger
  • Senate Farm Bill Debate Continues
  • CSP Application Deadline June 14
  • CRP Sign-up Deadline June 14
  • Waterways infrastructure bill passed by Senate
  • NRCs in TX announces incentive payments to improve wildlife habitat
  • Appraisal Subcommittee Releases  Revised Policy Statements
  • ASFMRA Joins Group Working on Measurement Standards
  • AVE Seeks Candidates for At Large Position

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