A Job Saver for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

The FMCSA can make a meaning contribution to placing more people at work by issuing a rule requested by Members of Congress.

 FMCSA is deluged with work and has a limited budget but CRE suggests they give top priority to the Congressional Request attached herewith.
 
 

At Grand Forks ag expo, farmers urged to promote their cause

From: Grand Forks Herald

Farmers and ranchers, not the news media or organizations such as the Humane Society of the United States, need to lead the conversation about agriculture, an ag advocate said.  

By: Jonathan Knutson, Agweek

Farmers and ranchers, not the news media or organizations such as the Humane Society of the United States, need to lead the conversation about agriculture, an ag advocate said.

“Frankly, we have not done our job and gotten out and spread the word and worked with people to help them understand today’s farming practices,” said Michele Payn-Knoper, an agricultural speaker and founder of Cause Matters Corp., which focuses on agricultural advocacy, social media strategy and community engagement.

Food Security and Minimizing Postharvest Loss

From: US Department of State

Remarks:

Robert D. Hormats,
Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment
Marshall Center East Auditorium
Washington, DC
February 19, 2013

Thank you for participating in today’s conference on post-harvest losses. In particular, I would like to thank many of you here today. Your work to reduce post-harvest losses and support food security and sustainability throughout the globe is critical. Finding and supporting efforts to stop post-harvest food loss has been a high priority for me since I took this job over three years ago.

Agriculture Still Important in State

From: The Ledger/OpEd

Florida has some 47,500 farms ranging from small family operations to large commercial enterprises. The average farm size in Florida is almost 200 acres.

By KEVIN DOYLE

When we look at the modern skyline and suburban development of so many Florida cities, it’s easy to forget that ours is also a substantially agricultural state. Agriculture plays an essential role in Florida’s vital energy future, and it is clearly time that its impact be factored into the development of long-term energy policies at both the state and national levels.

Midwest Farmland Values Continue to Surge

Editor’s Note:  The AgLetter discussed below is attached here.

From: Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

by David B. Oppedahl

According to the most recent AgLetter, Seventh District farmland values in the fourth quarter of 2012 were 16 percent higher than a year ago. Values for “good” agricultural land in the fourth quarter of 2012 were 7 percent higher than in the third quarter. Read more

 

Bayer CropScience innovation plus platform offers customizable tools

From: Marketwatch

After extensive conversations with and feedback from growers, Bayer CropScience recently updated its Innovation Plus platform to provide program information, rebate and yield calculators, an education center and redemption catalogue. The platform is available at www.InnovationPlusProgram.com.

The new MyRebate calculator determines the value of the farmer’s rebate, based on the purchases he inputs, while the MyYield calculator helps calculate a farmer’s potential return on investment based on various crop input scenarios, such as commodity price, application rates and product cost. These tools help take the guesswork out of some financial calculations, leaving farmers with more time to dedicate to other functions vital to their farming operations.

CRE Consortium: Regulation by Executive Order

 Repeated statements by Administration officials confirm the fact that the Obama Administration is about to launch a number of major regulatory programs by Executive Order.

 Unchecked these Executive Branch actions could impose untold costs on industry.

 The most effective way to address the issue is through taking actions while the proposals are in the Executive Branch although the data base created herein will also be helpful in future legislative and judicial actions; for this reason CRE has created the CRE Consortium to address these concerns in a comprehensive  manner.

IRS seeks comment on dual use equipment

From: CPA Practice Advisor

On Jan. 6, the IRS issued a notice seeking comments on dual-use property as it considers issuing new guidance to reduce disputes between equipment dealers and the agency.

The following information was released by Associated Equipment Distributors (AED):

On Jan. 6, the IRS issued a notice seeking comments on dual-use property as it considers issuing new guidance to reduce disputes between equipment dealers and the agency.

2013 Western Farm Show to Feature Expanded Health & Safety Roundup

From: Western Farm Show 

American Heart Association and American Stroke Association to Offer Cardiovascular Exhibit, CPR Training at Kansas City Event

The 2013 Western Farm Show won’t focus solely on new products and technologies to help make farming operations healthy and productive.  Also showcased will be informative exhibits and screenings to help keep farm families healthy.

The show’s popular Health & Safety Roundup area returns to the 52nd annual Western Farm Show Feb. 22-24, 2013, at the American Royal Complex in Kansas City, Mo. Included will be interactive safety displays and free health screenings, including blood pressure, cholesterol, hearing tests, tetanus shots and adult and child vision screening.

Bill aims to keep land in row crops

From: Agri-View

U.S. Representative Martha Roby (R-Ala.) last week introduced legislation to tighten enrollment in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). The CRP was originally implemented to prevent erosion and protect sensitive farmland by providing funding for landowners to convert marginal cropland to grass or timber. Recently, however, the program has tended to enroll high-quality and otherwise highly productive land, all at a time when farmland is becoming scarce, Roby states.

“We need to apply smart erosion prevention and conservation techniques on marginal lands, but using taxpayer money to encourage landowners to let quality cropland lay dormant doesn’t make sense,” Roby maintains.