Action Alerts

USDA Announces Interest Rates for Loans

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018 | Categories: Action Alerts, Membership Information The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Commodity Credit Corporation today announced interest rates for May 2018. The Commodity Credit Corporation borrowing rate-based charge for May is 2.125 percent, up from 2.000 percent in April. The interest rate for crop year commodity loans less than one year disbursed during May is 3.125 percent, up from 3.000 […] Read more...

Ethanol Industry Takes Aim at EPA Over Refinery Waivers

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018 | Categories: Action Alerts, Membership Information Advocates for the ethanol industry have taken direct aim at Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt for allowing several exemptions to oil refineries on compliance with the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) ethanol mandate. More below: https://www.agri-pulse.com/articles/10902-pruitt-spends-day-fielding-questions-from-two-separate-house-subcommittees https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/policy/energy/epas-scott-pruitt-faces-first-lawsuit-over-ethanol-waivers https://www.agri-pulse.com/articles/10909-senators-push-for-e15-parity-as-waiver-reports-continue https://www.grassley.senate.gov/sites/default/files/101917%20EPA%20to%20Participants%20in%20Hill%20Meeting.pdf https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-biofuels/white-house-sets-meeting-with-senators-on-biofuels-next-week-sources-idUSKBN1I329D Read more...

Bunge CEO Says China No Longer Buying U.S. Soybeans

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018 | Categories: Action Alerts, Membership Information On Wednesday, May 2, Bunge Ltd. CEO Soren Schroder announced that China has dramatically reduced its orders for U.S. soybeans in response to the ongoing trade dispute between the U.S. and China. He noted other nations that were supplying their needs in absence of the U.S. The ongoing trade dispute has intensified in recent weeks, […] Read more...

USDA Undersecretary Bill Northey Visits Arkansas

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018 | Categories: Action Alerts, Membership Information U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation Bill Northey visited Arkansas this week and met with representatives of the Arkansas agriculture industry including government and other agriculture leaders. The trip included a trip to Little Rock and Stuttgart. A common message from the row crop industry was that we need […] Read more...

Brazil Declares Plans to Challenge U.S. Cotton Policy at WTO

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018 | Categories: Action Alerts, Membership Information According to recent news reports, Brazil is preparing to bring a new challenge against U.S. cotton policy to the World Trade Organization (WTO). Brazilian Agriculture Minister Blairo Maggi recently stated that they intend to call into question the new commodity title provision related to seed cotton. While Brazil was successful in challenging U.S. cotton programs related […] Read more...
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