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RFS contingency plan needed for short corn crop

A recent vote in the U.S. Senate has confirmed the nation’s desire to eliminate the Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit as well as the import tariff, which costs taxpayers about $6 billion annually. While many pork producers support eliminating both elements, there is growing speculation that either will actually disappear. What's more, those actions may not have the desired effect of reducing U.S. corn prices. FULL STORY »

EPA chief ready to fight for stricter regulations

Lisa P. Jackson, administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), is attempting to overcome pressure from Congress, industries, environmentalists and the Supreme Court to establish tougher air- and water-quality regulations in the coming weeks and months. FULL STORY »

Republicans try to block greenhouse-gas rules in 2012 spending bill

House Republicans are once again trying to prevent the Obama administration from regulating greenhouse-gas emissions, releasing a 2012 spending bill Wednesday that suspends carbon dioxide standards and pushes several other energy-related policy goals that Republicans have been pursuing. FULL STORY »

Europe’s E. coli outbreak puts U.S. meat under greater scrutiny

E. coli illnesses linked to a strain of the bacteria often found in tainted ground beef have dropped “substantially” in recent years, U.S. food regulators said, but the country’s meat industry may face heighted government scrutiny as a deadly outbreak in Germany raises concern over other types of pathogens. FULL STORY »

NPPC’s Clean Water Act ruling over EPA stands

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency elected not to push for a rehearing on the Clean Water Act court case that the National Pork Producers Council filed regarding permitting requirements associated with confined-animal-feeding operations or CAFOs. FULL STORY »

Senate gets bill to change EPA pesticide permit requirements

U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, ranking member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry has introduced a bill to “eliminate a burdensome, costly and redundant permit requirement for pesticide applications.” FULL STORY »

Grassley presses EPA for review

Senator Chuck Grassley, (R-Iowa), is pressing the Environmental Protection Agency to make a good faith effort to review the impact of proposed rules on dust. In a letter to EPA administrator Lisa Jackson, Grassley has expressed his concern that excessive dust control measures would slow economic development and impose significant costs on family farms. FULL STORY »

Using Climate Information To Asses Expected Corn Yields

How did weather conditions in 2010 impact global corn yield and corn markets? What weather impacts on global production are anticipated this spring? These questions will be addressed at the 9th Annual NOAA Climate Prediction Applications Science Workshop to be held at the Des Moines Downtown Marriott on March 1 - 4.
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Groups Call On Obama To Defend Climate Rules

In a letter Thursday, more than 20 groups called on President Obama to use the State of the Union address to push back against attempts by Republicans and some Democrats to block or delay EPA’s efforts to regulate greenhouse gas emissions, according to TheHill.com.
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Purdue Wraps Up Emission Study, Starts Crunching Numbers

Purdue University researchers have delivered data to the Environmental Protection Agency on a two-year National Air Emissions Monitoring Study that gives a look at air quality on and around livestock farms. FULL STORY »

Mizzou Scientists Find New Farming Method To Reduce Greenhouse Gases, Increase Farm Yields

U.S. agricultural practices create 58 percent of nitrous oxide in the world, which is the third most prevalent greenhouse gas in the atmosphere. Scientists believe nitrous oxide contributes to global warming about 300 times more than carbon dioxide. New practices and products have been introduced to address this issue, but farmers do not have the time or profit margins to experiment with ideas that may ultimately hurt the "bottom line."
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