Livestock groups ask for RFS waiver
In an RFD Radio interview today, AgriVisor's Dale Durchholz told Rita Frazer that some livestock producers are looking to Brazil for corn supplies.
Published: Jul 30, 2012
A coalition of livestock producers filed a petition Monday with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requesting a one-year waiver from the Renewable Fuel Standard.
The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, National Chicken Council, National Pork Producers Council and National Turkey Federation participated in the call.
With livestock groups heightening their assault of the RFS, the National Corn Growers Association says its members are also suffering "immensely" and calls for cooperation throughout agriculture.
Many corn farmers "are also in the same predicament as our customers because they have livestock or own ethanol plant shares," the group says.
“The marketplace is the most efficient mechanism to ration demand, not the government, and that is already happening,” said Bob Dinneen, Renewable Fuels Association president and CEO, in response to a news conference the livestock industry held in conjunction with launching their petition.
Farm Bureau opposes Farm Bill extension
The American Farm Bureau Federation said today that a House proposal to extend the current farm bill for one year fails to move the nation any closer to securing a comprehensive, long-term farm bill and the organization would stand in opposition.
“A one-year extension offers our farm and ranch families nothing in the way of long-term policy certainty,” said AFBF President Bob Stallman. “Farmers and ranchers always face decisions that carry very serious financial ramifications, such as planting a crop, buying land or building a herd, and we need clear and confident signals from our lawmakers.”
Late last Friday, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) announced that the House “may consider a farm bill extension” this week. The legislation would provide for a one-year extension of current law governing farm programs, including commodity programs, crop insurance, conservation programs and federal nutrition programs, as well as reauthorize supplemental agricultural disaster assistance for the 2012 fiscal year, retroactively, and for the 2013 fiscal year.
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