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July 22, 2019

Heitkamp Underscores Importance of Biofuels to North Dakota’s Energy Production

Categories: Ethanol

Today Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D., N.D.) participated in a Senate Ag Committee hearing where she reinforced the importance of biofuels toward building a strong all-of-the-above energy strategy, and highlighted the need for policies that support biofuels.

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Uncertain Tax Policy Hurts Agriculture

In response to questions from Rep. Adrian Smith (R-NE), American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman explains how uncertain tax policy creates greater risk for agriculture producers. From today’s Ways and Means Committee hearing on the benefits of permanent tax policy.

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Farm Bill- Policy Issues; EPA; Ag Economy; and, CFTC- Tuesday

Farm Bill- Policy Issues

A news release yesterday from USDA indicated that, “The [USDA] announced today that farmers and ranchers can sign-up for disaster assistance programs, reestablished and strengthened by the 2014 Farm Bill, beginning Tuesday, April 15, 2014. Quick implementation of the programs has been a top priority for USDA.”

And Daniel Looker reported yesterday at Agriculture.com that, “Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told members of North American Agricultural Journalists in Washington, DC, Monday that farmers should be able to begin comparing the farm bill’s new commodity programs this summer ‘so that producers will have a good three or four months to analyze and assess these programs to make the best possible decision for their particular operation.’

“Vilsack told Agriculture.com that he expects that farmers will be able to sign up for programs before the end of this calendar year.

“Vilsack said that online decision-making tools and materials for Extension educators should be available in a month or two.”

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