Food industry unites on complex laws (Australia)

From: The Land

MICHAEL SMITH

THE key players in the $311 billion food industry have joined forces to call for an end to excessive regulation, inflexible labour laws and outdated transport laws which they warn is threatening jobs and their ability to compete for growing global food demand.

In a rare display of unity, farmers, manufacturers, suppliers and retailers have conducted a wide-ranging review of dozens of regulatory hurdles they say are hurting the entire food supply chain, which accounts for more than 20 per cent of the economy.

ARA applauds approval of STB reauthorization bill

From: AG Professional

Agricultural Retailers Association

The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee approved the Surface Transportation Board Reauthorization Bill (S. 2777) by a voice vote yesterday.

This bill is designed to make the STB work more efficiently and equitably through simple improvements such as allowing the Board members to talk with each other, providing timelines for rate cases, making arbitration meaningful and allowing the Board to investigate complaints.

Coalition for the Advancement of Precision Agriculture launched

From: AgProfessional

Br CropLifeAmerica

The Coalition for the Advancement of Precision Agriculture (CAPA) announced its official launch and upcoming Precision Ag Forum, taking place Sept. 18 in Washington, D.C. Comprised of trade associations and organizations representing a diverse range of sectors within the agriculture industry, CAPA will serve as a voice for the benefits of precision agriculture technology. CAPA will be led by its co-chairs Daren Coppock, president and CEO, Agricultural Retailers Association; Dale Moore, executive director of public policy, American Farm Bureau Federation; and Jay Vroom, president and CEO, CropLife America.

CHS to build $3B fertilizer plant in North Dakota

From: Associated Press via TwinCities.com

CHS Inc. announced Friday that it is moving forward with a plan to build a $3 billion fertilizer plant near Jamestown, N.D., using abundant natural gas from North Dakota’s oil patch as a feedstock.

North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple and CHS President Carl Casale announced the project two years ago, but it had been put on hold because of escalating costs.

CHS, a farmer-owned cooperative based in Inver Grove Heights, said its board of directors gave final approval of the project on Thursday. CHS said the project would be the largest in its history and the largest single private sector investment in North Dakota.

EPA hands over maps detailing the extent of WOTUS proposal

From: Agri-View

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) in Washington, D.C., finally viewed the maps that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is using in its Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) proposal.

Ashley McDonald, NCBA’s environmental counsel, calls the maps “the smoking gun for agriculture.”

Here is what NCBA has to say about the maps:

The House Committee on Science, Space and Technology released maps last week of waters and wetlands the Environmental Protection Agency has to-date refrained from making public. After multiple requests, the Agency finally handed over the maps to the committee, which appear to detail the extent of the Waters of the U.S. proposal.