USDA Funds Rural Energy Projects

first_img SHARE Facebook Twitter By Gary Truitt – Jun 25, 2012 Vilsack says the REAP program has helped fund over 6,000 projects over the last three years. “Over 4300 energy efficiency projects, over 1000 solar energy projects, 325 wind projects, 52 anaerobic digesters, 24 biofuel and biodiesel projects, 162 geothermal projects and 22 hybrid projects,” said the secretary. The REAP funding announced today includes projects that incorporate solar, wind, biomass, geothermal and hydropower, as well as biodiesel and ethanol. There are a couple of projects that will fund blender pumps that might help get sales of 15% ethanol moving now that EPA has given final approval to allow that fuel in the marketplace. Blender pump grants were awarded in Georgia and Missouri. Home Energy USDA Funds Rural Energy Projects USDA Funds Rural Energy Projects Facebook Twitter Source Domestic fuel by Cindy Zimmerman Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA has selected for funding 450 projects focused on helping agricultural producers and rural small businesses reduce energy consumption and costs; use renewable energy technologies in their operation; and/or conduct feasibility studies for renewable energy projects. Funding is made available through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) under the 2008 Farm Bill. Previous articleSupreme Court Rules on Arizona’s Immigration LawNext articleState Ag Directors Discuss Common Problems Gary Truitt SHARElast_img read more

Farm Bill Commitment from House Majority Leader

first_img Farm Bill Commitment from House Majority Leader Facebook Twitter By Andy Eubank – Oct 25, 2012 SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News Farm Bill Commitment from House Majority Leader House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has reportedly committed to holding a vote on the 2012 Farm Bill during the lame duck session of Congress. Senate Ag Committee Chair Debbie Stabenow was pleased to hear the news – stating that America’s farmers, ranchers, small businesses and 16-million Americans employed in agriculture desperately need the certainty and disaster relief the farm bill provides. Stabenow notes the Senate passed its version of the farm bill in June with strong bipartisan support. The measure cuts more than 23-billion dollars. Stabenow hopes members of the House follows the Senate’s lead with a bipartisan approach to the legislation. According to Stabenow – it’s critical to finalize the farm bill before the beginning of next year when farm programs expire that would impact milk and food prices for families.Source: NAFB News Service Previous articleAnother Possible SCN BreakthroughNext articleNew FFA Program Helps With Career Choices Andy Eubank Facebook Twitter SHARElast_img read more

Big Oil is Manipulating the RIN Market

first_img In response to the release of the fifth white paper on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) from the House Energy and Commerce Committee, the Executive Vice President of the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) Brian Jennings submitted comments showing how the RFS is working and Big Oil companies are desperate to repeal it so they can control the fuel market. Facebook Twitter By Gary Truitt – Jul 29, 2013 Why the RFS was enacted and how EPA has implemented it: “The RFS wasn’t enacted by Congress to make life comfortable for oil companies or vertically-integrated food conglomerates who managed to operate quite comfortably before the RFS and continue to generate handsome profits today. The RFS was enacted to dramatically improve the way we produce and use transportation fuel, to reduce our dangerous dependence on foreign oil, to create jobs, to reduce gas prices and greenhouse gases, and to spark innovation in new technologies. In its wisdom, Congress provided EPA with appropriate authority and flexibility to implement the RFS, and EPA has judiciously and exercised that authority.” Big Oil is Manipulating the RIN Market Home Energy Big Oil is Manipulating the RIN Market How the oil industry is manipulating the RIN market: “That oil companies are willing to pay $1 or more for a RIN, just to avoid buying ethanol at 70 cents per gallon less than gasoline and offering consumers safe, tested, and affordable blends such as E15 and E85, should tell Congress everything it needs to know about the RFS: it is needed now, more than ever. The lack of transparency in the RIN trading marketplace leaves open the possibility that unscrupulous traders or even oil companies could create skewed transactions for the purpose of manipulating the RIN market for financial gain or to make a political point. If Congress reduces or repeals the RFS, it rewards oil companies’ bad behavior, ensures they will control 90 percent or more of the gasoline market, and forces consumers to pay more for dirty fuel by restricting their access to more affordable and cleaner blends such as E15 and E85.” Jennings full comments can be read here. Brief excerpts are highlighted below. SHARE SHARE Facebook Twitter Previous articleIndiana and National Crop Conditions Nearly SteadyNext articleNew Report Highlights Importance of Immigration Reform to Ag Gary Truitt With respect to a question from the Committee asking who is responsible for the rise in RIN prices: “The question isn’t what is responsible for the rise in RIN prices, rather, the questions are who is responsible for the rise in RIN prices and why. RIN prices have risen this year because oil companies don’t want to comply with the law.  While oil companies were reluctantly comfortable with 10 percent ethanol in all gasoline, they prefer to control the remaining 90 percent of the gasoline market by preventing the sale of E15 and other mid-and-high-level blends of ethanol called for under the RFS.”last_img read more

Celebration Awards Debut at New Youth Arena Dedication

first_imgGrand Champion 4-H Meat Type ChickensJames Champ, 17 of Cass County Champion 4-H Meat Pen of RabbitsKayla Patrick, 18 of Huntington County Reserve Grand Champion 4-H SteerAusten Irvin, 18 of Henry County Grand Champion 4-H Market LambEryn Schinbeckler, 17 of Whitley County Reserve Champion 4-H Duroc BarrowKellen Woods, 14 of Tipton County Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Andre LacyAmong the many changes occurring at the 2014 Indiana State Fair is the new 4-H Celebration Awards that replace the longstanding 4-H Spotlight Sale of Champions.  This was the first event to be held in the newly constructed Youth Arena following its official dedication on Saturday. The $10 million facility located behind the Coliseum was designed specifically for livestock shows and was made necessary by the 2 year renovation of the Coliseum that is currently underway. Andre Lacy, chairman of the State Fair Commission, said the story behind the Youth Arena is an amazing one. Champion 4-H Shropshire LambKyra Schinbeckler, 11 of Whitley County Champion 4-H Maine SteerRachael Rogers, 11 of Noble County Facebook Twitter Champion 4-H Dorset Market LambKyle Garringer, 18 of Jay County Grand Champion 4-H Commercial WaterfowlNoah Roy, 14 of Tippecanoe County Champion 4-H Yorkshire BarrowKelsey Bauer, 18 of Huntington County Governor Pence participated in the presentation which was sponsored by Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance.   Simmerman told HAT that next year the Celebration Awards would return to the newly renovated Coliseum with video screens, spotlights, music, and a production worthy of the hard work and achievements of the 4-H youth.  Immediately following the awards, the Supreme Showmanship competition was held. Champion 4-H Meat Goat WhetherMegan Brooks, 18 of Clark County Reserve Champion 4-H Black Faced Crossbred Market LambJordan Stillwell, 17 of Clinton County With the Coliseum closed, there was no place to hold livestock shows during the State Fair and no money in the budget to build one.  Lacy said the State Fair then embarked on its first private fund raising endeavor to raise the $10 million to construct the state of the art Youth Arena.  The facility, which holds two separate livestock rings and provides a modern, intimate setting for 4-H competitions and animal expositions, was build with private donations from companies and individuals.  The Youth Arena’s stylish exterior includes tinted glass and Indiana limestone. Inside, it has an arena floor comparable to the Coliseum’s with easy access for people and livestock.  While the facility has been in use during the State Fair, the official dedication took place on Saturday with Governor Pence and Lt. Governor Ellspermann participating. 2013 Indiana State FairCelebration AwardsPresented By Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance Reserve Grand Champion 4-H BarrowKatelyn O’Farrell, 17 of Carroll County Champion 4-H Chester White BarrowDalaney Vickrey, 12 of Huntington County Champion Cache of 4-H HoneyWyatt Helfin, 15 of Wabash Countycenter_img Previous articleTodd Janzen: Fight Over Tractor Teaches the Lesson of “Mutual Mistake”Next articleHas the Indiana State Fair Abandoned Livestock Agriculture? Gary Truitt Champion 4-H Spot BarrowConnor Young, 19 of Howard County Celebration Award for Megan Berry, 15 of Hendricks CountyFollowing the unveiling of the plaque that will be place on the front of the building, the Celebration Awards took place. Here 25 awards were presented to 4-H exhibitors in recognition of their championship achievements at the 2013 State Fair. State Fair Board President Steve Simmerman explained that the livestock auction had been losing financial support for several years, and it was becoming more difficult for families to raise funds locally.  This new system rewards each winner with funds provide solely by the Indiana State Fair. While some parents attending the program missed the tradition of the auction in the Coliseum, they admitted this system was much easier and less stressful on the families involved.    The financial award given to each exhibitor was determined by a formula that involved their champion status, market value, and Celebration Award. SHARE Facebook Twitter Reserve Grand Champion 4-H Market LambEryn Schinbeckler, 17 of Whitley County Celebration Awards Debut at New Youth Arena Dedication Champion 4-H Hampshire Market LambSamantha Raute, 18 of Hamilton County Home News Feed Celebration Awards Debut at New Youth Arena Dedication Champion 4-H Chianina SteerBrooke Hayden, 11 of Jasper County Champion 4-H Oxford Market LambCollin Tennant, 15 of Wabash County Reserve Champion 4-H Meat Goat WhetherElizabeth Michel, 14 of Wabash County Champion 4-H Dairy SteerJared Templin, 15 of Kosciusko CountyChampion 4-H Simmental SteerClayton Main, 14 of Jackson County Champion 4-H Garden Exhibit Megan Berry, 15 of Hendricks County SHARE Grand Champion 4-H BarrowCole Wilcox, 15 of Lawrence County By Gary Truitt – Aug 11, 2013 Grand Champion 4-H SteerTeegan Brumbaugh, 18 of Noble Countylast_img read more

Implementation of the Farm Bill Will Take Time

first_img SHARE Roger Bernard of Informa Economics says it won’t be easy to implement the Agricultural Act of 2014. In fact – he believes April would be the very earliest farmers would be able to sign up for programs for the current crop year. He says it’s a far-reaching piece of legislation that will take time to implement. Bernard notes USDA will have to develop software programs and train personnel in county offices to run those programs, write the regulations and push those through an approval process and ultimately educate farmers so they understand their options. Bernard addressed cattlemen at the 2014 Cattle Industry Convention in Nashville.Source: NAFB News Service Home Indiana Agriculture News Implementation of the Farm Bill Will Take Time Previous articleMore Farmer Options with New Farm BillNext articleSmithfield’s Renewable Energy Commitment Tangible Andy Eubank Facebook Twitter Implementation of the Farm Bill Will Take Time SHARE Facebook Twitter By Andy Eubank – Feb 5, 2014 last_img read more

Letter asks USDA for Disaster Declaration for Over Half of Indiana…

first_img Letter asks USDA for Disaster Declaration for Over Half of Indiana Counties Home Indiana Agriculture News Letter asks USDA for Disaster Declaration for Over Half of Indiana Counties Previous articleNPPC Joins in Request for Delay of WOTUS RuleNext articleMorning Outlook Andy Eubank Wickard on disater letterIndiana has officially requested that 53 Indiana counties be included in a secretarial disaster declaration by USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack. The request was made by Governor Mike Pence in a letter also signed by Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann and Indiana FSA Executive Director Julia Wickard. Wickard explained what farmers affected by crop damage and losses from this year’s flooding and excessive rain can expect if disaster is declared.“As part of the 2014 farm bill that was passed a part of that language allows that in any county of a secretarial disaster designated county that producers in that county could be eligible for low interest emergency loans.”She said it’s important that there was a joint effort by the state and federal government in making the request. FSA is an agency of USDA. How quickly can the request be granted?“Well we certainly alerted our national office before this process began that we thought we would be seeking some assistance,” she told HAT. “We wanted to give them appropriate notice that something would be coming but we also know that we have areas of the country that are experiencing wildfires and other areas of our Midwest have flooding issues, so we know their hands are full with a lot of different requests that have come in, but I’m confident that we have supplied them the appropriate documentation that we can get something turned around relatively shortly for assistance to be available to our farmers in the state.”In 50 counties, reported crop damage and losses have met or exceeded 30 percent of a crop, and three counties have experienced a significant number of damages and losses to multiple crops. Under the disaster designation, low-interest emergency loans will be made available to all producers suffering losses in that county, as well as in counties contiguous to a disaster-designated county.Wickard encourages farmers to continue to submit crop damage reports to their county FSA offices as the disaster event is ongoing and continued monitoring is necessary to determine if additional counties should be added to the declaration request.“Recent and unprecedented heavy rainfall across our state has had a significant impact on the yield of Indiana crops and our Hoosier farmers,” said Governor Pence. “As promised, our administration has been closely monitoring this situation and, in coordination with the Indiana Farm Service Agency, has determined federal emergency loan assistance is both prudent and warranted. Hoosier farmers can be assured that we will continue to keep a close eye on the long-term effects of this year’s heavy rains and, as needed, work to identify additional help for those in our state’s agriculture industry.”“The record-setting rainfall this summer throughout much of Indiana has caused many Hoosier farmers to experience significant crops losses,” said Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann. “Fields are flooded by overflowing streams or covered by standing water from drenching rain.  We are very grateful for the strong cooperation of the Farm Service Administration in expediting this special Secretarial disaster declaration request.”Indiana counties included are:AdamsAllenBartholomewBlackfordBooneBrownCassClayDearbornDelawareFountainGibsonGrantGreeneHendricksHenryHowardHuntingtonJacksonJasperJayJeffersonJenningsJohnsonKnoxKosciuskoLakeLaPorteMadisonMarionMarshallMiamiMonroeMontgomeryNewtonOhioPikePorterPulaskiPutnamRandolphRipleyScottSt. JosephStarkeSullivanSwitzerlandTippecanoeVigoWabashWashingtonWayneWellsJoe DonnellyAlso Friday Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly, who serves on the Senate Agriculture Committee, sent a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary of Agriculture Thomas Vilsack urging USDA to grant the disaster declaration for 53 of Indiana’s 92 counties impacted by excessive rainfall. Donnelly wrote the letter in strong support of the joint request from the state and Indiana FSA office.Donnelly wrote, “Much of Indiana has experienced excessive and prolonged rainfall, beginning in May and continuing to fall at record-breaking rates through the present. The extreme levels of rain have caused irreparable damage to planted fields and rendered others unplantable throughout the state… Thousands of farmers in Indiana are going to experience significant financial losses this year and this will be a particularly difficult time for young and limited resource farmers. I would appreciate your immediate and favorable consideration of a disaster declaration for these counties so that resources can be made available to help deal with these crops losses.”Donnelly’s letter comes after he visited Merritt Farm in early July in Peru, Indiana, to get a first-hand view of the effect excess rain is having on crops and farmers.Full text of the letter to Secretary Vilsack follows. July 31, 2015The Honorable Thomas J. VilsackSecretary of AgricultureUnited States Department of AgricultureWashington, DC 20250Dear Secretary Vilsack,I am writing to express my strong support for the joint request from Indiana’s Governor, Lt. Governor, and Executive Director of Indiana’s Farm Service Agency for a disaster declaration for 53 of Indiana’s 92 counties. Much of Indiana has experienced excessive and prolonged rainfall, beginning in May and continuing to fall at record-breaking rates through the present.The extreme levels of rain have caused irreparable damage to planted fields and rendered others unplantable throughout the state. Tens of thousands of acres still have living plants, but will only produce a portion of the typical yield due to poor root development and interruptions to fertilizer and herbicide application patterns.Thousands of farmers in Indiana are going to experience significant financial losses this year and this will be a particularly difficult time for young and limited resource farmers. I would appreciate your immediate and favorable consideration of a disaster declaration for these counties so that resources can be made available to help deal with these crops losses.Sincerely,U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly SHARE By Andy Eubank – Aug 3, 2015 Facebook Twitter SHARE Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Dow Remains Confident of Enlist Registration

first_img Facebook Twitter Relative to EPA’s recently filed motion to vacate the registration of Enlist Duo herbicide, The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW) is confident in the extensive data supporting this new technology and is working quickly with EPA to provide assurances that our product’s conditions of registered use will continue to protect the environment, including threatened and endangered plant species.“We believe the questions that have been raised about any potential synergy between 2,4-D choline and glyphosate can be promptly resolved in the next few  months, in time for the 2016 crop use season,” said Tim Hassinger, Dow AgroSciences President and CEO.“It’s possible that we could see some changes to use conditions on the existing Enlist Duo label,” Hassinger added.  “However, based on the ongoing dialogue with EPA, we do not expect these issues to result in the long-term cancellation of the Enlist Duo product registration.  We continue to prepare for commercial sales of Enlist Duo for the 2016 growing season with enthusiastic grower adoption.”Evaluations of potential synergy from herbicidal mixtures are common within the crop protection industry and are not unique to Dow AgroSciences or Enlist Duo. EPA has not used observations of potential synergy in mixtures as a basis for regulatory action.  Technology providers, like Dow AgroSciences, have commonly filed patent applications on mixtures, without there being any connection to EPA’s regulatory processes.“EPA now has all of the data developed by Dow AgroSciences on observed potential synergies between 2,4-D choline and glyphosate in Enlist Duo,” Hassinger added. “From these data, EPA will readily see – after evaluating all of the efficacy data on the final formulation – why these data support the registration of Enlist Duo.” SHARE By Gary Truitt – Nov 25, 2015 Dow Remains Confident of Enlist Registration Previous articleAvian Influenza Expert Raises Concerns As USDA Stockpiles VaccinesNext articleWhy Do We Eat Turkey on  Thanksgiving? Gary Truitt Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News Dow Remains Confident of Enlist Registration SHARElast_img read more

Grains Council Worried Trump Trade Action will Impact Grain Exports

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News Grains Council Worried Trump Trade Action will Impact Grain Exports Grains Council Worried Trump Trade Action will Impact Grain Exports Facebook Twitter President Donald Trump has followed through with key campaign promises related to trade policy – moves that have caused concern among grain farmers whose price is being supported by export sales. Trump withdrew the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership and intends to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement. The U.S. Grains Council says these moves are intended to pave the way for new negotiations. However, in the short term – and coming soon after serious trade policy issues with China – they could severely curtail U.S. grain farmers’ market access globally and open up existing export markets to new levels of competition. Over the past two decades, U.S. agricultural exports to Canada and Mexico tripled and quintupled, respectively, according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. One in every 10 acres on American farms is planted to feed hungry Canadian and Mexicans.The Grains Council says its leadership will continue to assess all trade policy changes by the new administration and aim to work with the Administration to maintain and expand the benefits of existing or new trade dialogues.Source: NAFB News Service SHARE By Hoosier Ag Today – Jan 29, 2017 SHARE Facebook Twitter Previous articleKnowing When To Shut UpNext articleAg Markets Hurt by Recent Money Flow to Equities Hoosier Ag Todaylast_img read more

New Book Helps Kids Connect with Soybean Farms

first_img Facebook Twitter New Book Helps Kids Connect with Soybean Farms Home Indiana Agriculture News New Book Helps Kids Connect with Soybean Farms Facebook Twitter Photo: AFBFAAt a time of record-high interest in how food is produced, a new children’s picture book about soybean farming offers a valuable resource to parents and educators alike.The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture’s Feeding Minds Press released a new book, My Family’s Soybean Farm, along with a companion educator guide.This third title from Feeding Minds follows the farm adventures of Alexander, who takes readers on a tour of his family’s soybean farm, showing how soybeans are planted, grown and harvested, technology used on the farm, pest management techniques, and the many different products soybeans are used in. My Family’s Soybean Farm, geared for grades K-2, combines illustrations with real photographs and includes a glossary to explain farm tools and practices.“We are excited to introduce young readers to soybean farming and all that goes into growing this important crop,” AFB Foundation Executive Director Daniel Meloy said. “The unique combination of colorful illustrations and photographs will engage young readers while bringing the farm to life.”My Family’s Soybean Farm was created by Iowa natives with farm backgrounds. Author Katie Olthoff has written extensively about agriculture and lives on a turkey farm with her family. Illustrator Joe Hox was raised on a farm and has illustrated more than a dozen books, including Zoe’s Hiding Place and Farmer Gary’s Birthday Adventure.My Family’s Soybean Farm is now available in paperback for purchase directly from Feeding Minds Press, Amazon and Barnes & Noble online. Special bulk pricing is also available. SHARE SHARE By American Farm Bureau Federation – Jan 5, 2021 Previous articlePurdue Center for Commercial Ag Host Free January Corn, Soybean Outlook WebinarNext articleINFB Health Plans to Cover Covid-19 Vaccines American Farm Bureau Federationlast_img read more

Fort Worth residents dream big about hitting the $1.5B Powerball jackpot

first_imgFort Worth set to elect first new mayor in 10 years Saturday Linkedin TAGSgamblingLotteryMoneyPowerball Kristen Weaver Twitter Alum appearing on survival-style reality show ‘Stranded With a Million Dollars’ Linkedin Twitter Kristen Weaver It’s official: Caylin Moore is a Rhodes Scholar Facebook ReddIt Starting the conversation about eating disorders on campus Update: Suspect arrested in connection with death of TCC student Grains to grocery: One bread maker brings together farmers and artisans at locally-sourced store Kristen Weaver Kristen Weaver is a junior journalism and Spanish major from Plano, Texas, and a managing editor for the109. She is addicted to taking pictures of her food and petting any and every cat she can find. Facebook Kristen Weaver + posts Kristen Weaver Previous articleThe109: City Council approves zoning change for TCU fine arts buildingNext articleBig 12 conference championship game a possibility Kristen Weaver RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR printFor many Fort Worth residents, the hope of winning the Powerball jackpot of $1.5 billion is a thrilling fantasy.“I really don’t play the lottery often, but of course everybody wants to have that chance,” said Erica F., a Fort Worth resident who asked for her last name to not be used.The Powerball jackpot is around $1.5 billion after no winning ticket was purchased last Saturday. It is the largest amount of any lottery jackpot sum in United States history while the previous record jackpot was $590.5 million in 2013, according to the Powerball website.Winners of the lottery would take home $930 million, not including taxes if they opt for the lump sum, or a winner can choose to receive the $1.5 billion in 30 payments over 29 years.Erica stood in line with her boyfriend Don McKinney at a gas station on University Drive to fill out her ticket. She said she was hopeful about the numbers she picked for her Powerball.“I used the numbers off of a fortune cookie,” Erica said. “It’s just kind of a feeling.”McKinney, who didn’t buy a lottery ticket, said he has a different opinion than his girlfriend’s regarding the lottery.“The odds are so low and the hope is so high,” McKinney said. “They are promoting gambling.”At another local gas station on Berry Street, TCU student Nicole Salem waited in a long line to buy multiple lottery tickets for her dad.“My dad always buys tickets and he has never won anything,” Salem said. “Even at my hometown in the Honduras he would always buy lottery tickets.”Fort Worth has never seen a Powerball jackpot winner. The closest winning ticket was sold in Princeton, Texas, according to Powerball’s website.The winning numbers of the Powerball grand prize will be announced Wednesday at 9 p.m.. For now, Fort Worth residents are holding on to the glimmering hope of becoming a billionaire. ReddIt Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature last_img read more