President Trump’s Plan – Rebuild America’s Infrastructure

June 8, 2017, THE WHITE HOUSE – Audio excerpts from the President’s speech, “Rebuilding America’s Infrastructure,” a critical pillar of President Donald J. Trump’s agenda to promote job creation and grow the U.S. economy. America’s infrastructure has fallen to 12th in the world and that is unacceptable. Every American depends on our roads, rails, ports, and airports, and the President is committed to fixing this problem, not just pushing more liabilities onto future generations.

Justin Durdan, President of the IL Corn Growers Association, said, “Those of us in agriculture that rely on our rivers to move goods know that without the necessary improvements to these systems, we’d be at a distinct disadvantage as a nation.  Each day that passes with the system in decline represents a loss in our competitive advantage.” Ken Hartman, chair of the NCGA market access team said, “Farmers rely on our national infrastructure every day to get our products to market quickly, safely and efficiently.  Waterways, roads and bridges are central to farmers’ efforts to feed and fuel the world, and we must invest in all of them.”  The Waterways Council applauded the President for committing his vast building experience to modernizing the inland waterways and establishing a goal of completing projects on-time, on-budget, and removing regulatory impediments.

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross on NAFTA and U.S. Trade Strategy

May 10, 2017, Washington, DC. – In his remarks at the 47th Annual Washington Conference of the Americas, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross explained the new U.S. administration’s strategy to increase overall commerce while reducing the trade deficit. “We do not seek a trade war, least of all with our fellow citizens of the Americas,” he said, noting the administration’s preference for bilateral rather than multilateral trade deals. Ross also expressed his eagerness to complete a renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement with trade partners Canada and Mexico, and that the 90-day notice the White House has to submit to the U.S. Congress before starting talks will come soon.

Excerpts from U.S. Senate Committee Confirmation Hearing of Sonny Perdue for U.S. Agriculture Secretary

Full transcript at the Agrinet® AgBiz News tab.  U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Governor Sonny Perdue, the President’s nominee for U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.

Remarks by President Trump at Signing of Waters of the United States (WOTUS) Executive Order

February 28, 2017-The White House-Roosevelt Room

THE PRESIDENT: Well, thank you, everybody. We appreciate you being here. Thank you very much. First of all, I want to congratulate Scott Pruitt, who’s here someplace. Where’s Scott? (Applause.) So important. We’re going to free up our country, and it’s going be done in a very environmental and positive environmental way, I will tell you that, but create millions of jobs. So many jobs are delayed for so many years, and it’s unfair to everybody. So I want congratulate Scott.

I want to thank everyone for being here today. We have a great group of farmers, homebuilders, and county commissioners. They’re all represented. They’re standing alongside of me. I’d also like to thank Jim Inhofe, who’s been so terrific in so many different ways, beyond even this. So I want thank Jim and also the leadership in the Senate on the issue, a friend of mine — a great friend of mine — John Barrasso.

The EPA’s so-called “Waters of the United States” rule is one of the worst examples of federal regulation, and it has truly run amok, and is one of the rules most strongly opposed by farmers, ranchers and agricultural workers all across our land. It’s prohibiting them from being allowed to do what they’re supposed to be doing. It’s been a disaster.

The Clean Water Act says that the EPA can regulate “navigable waters” — meaning waters that truly affect interstate commerce. But a few years ago, the EPA decided that “navigable waters” can mean nearly every puddle or every ditch on a farmer’s land, or anyplace else that they decide — right? It was a massive power grab. The EPA’s regulators were putting people out of jobs by the hundreds of thousands, and regulations and permits started treating our wonderful small farmers and small businesses as if they were a major industrial polluter. They treated them horribly. Horribly.

If you want to build a new home, for example, you have to worry about getting hit with a huge fine if you fill in as much as a puddle — just a puddle — on your lot. I’ve seen it. In fact, when it was first shown to me, I said, no, you’re kidding aren’t you? But they weren’t kidding.

In one case in a Wyoming, a rancher was fined $37,000 a day by the EPA for digging a small watering hole for his cattle. His land. These abuses were, and are, why such incredible opposition to this rule from the hundreds of organizations took place in all 50 states. It’s a horrible, horrible rule. Has sort of a nice name, but everything else is bad. (Laughter.) I’ve been hearing about it for years and years. I didn’t know I’d necessarily be in this position to do something about it, but we’ve been hearing about it for years.

With today’s executive order, I’m directing the EPA to take action, paving the way for the elimination of this very destructive and horrible rule.

So I want to thank everybody for being here. And I will sign wherever I’m supposed to sign. There we are. Thank you very much.

Farmer Leaders Direct Soy Checkoff Investment

Kevin Wilson is a 4thyear United Soybean Board Director talking with Agrinet today about how United Soybean Board farmer-leaders are thinking like investors.   USB is making many investments on behalf of U.S. soybean farmers.

And how do you see investing in the industry different from – and similar to – making investments on your own farm? On the farm soybean farmers looking for the right feed, fertilizer, return on investments are as good as we can get.

On the industry side looking for sustainable, positive return back to the farmers. Looking at exports & importers, making sure when they run analysis of our meal and molasses and who they benefit them more, making sure the benefits to the farmers are being felt.

Kevin Wilson United Soybean Board Director and Indiana farmer on how farmer leaders direct soy checkoff investment.

Nitrogen-fixing Cover Crop Considerations in Corn & Soybean Cropping Systems

Cover crops can offer multiple benefits to corn and soybean cropping systems, but they also introduce new management considerations and challenges.   Aaron Alexander, DuPont Pioneer Agronomist, discusses nitrogen-fixing cover crop considerations.  

As a long-term investment in your soil productivity, work with your soil agronomist to help select and manage the right cover crop for your farming  operation.

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Planting Winter Cover Crops in Corn & Soybeans

Cover crops can offer multiple benefits to corn and soybean cropping systems, but they also introduce new management considerations and challenges.   Aaron Alexander, DuPont Pioneer Agronomist, has more.

Cover crops are best viewed as a long-term investment in soil productivity.  The extensive fibrous root system produced by grass cover crops makes them well suited for stabilizing soil, scavenging N and building soil organic matter.   Begin by identifying the specific functions you want the cover crop to provide. The time and method of cover crop establishment should be tailored to the cover crop species, local environment and farming operation.

Many Agricultural University Extension Services have done significant work providing resources on cover crops like Cornell and University of Nebraska as well as DuPont Pioneer (https://www.pioneer.com/home/site/us/agronomy/library/managing-winter-cover-crops/).

NRCS-USDA does have programs available. Work with your soil agronomist to help select and manage the right cover crop for your farming operation.

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United Soybean Board Celebrates 25 years!

Congratulations to the United Soybean Board as it celebrates its twenty-fifth anniversary of innovation, growth and sustainability.  Jared Hagert, soybean farmer from Emerado, North Dakota, leads the USB farmer-funded checkoff investment. The USB Chairman discusses soybean innovation beyond the bushel, creating and enhancing partnerships that increase value and preference for U.S. soybeans at home and abroad.  “The best use of checkoff funds is to invest in programs that provide value back to all U.S. soybean farmers,” Hagert says. “To maximize profit opportunities for our farmers, we need to look beyond the bushel and focus on our end users. USB works to create solutions to their customer needs…Meeting their needs will help to drive demand for our crop now and in the future.”

Chris Shaffer, CoBank

Bill Ray with Today’s AGRINET NEWS. 

Partnerships Bringing Equity Capital To Rural America

USDA and private investors are creating equity capital models designed to support investment in rural businesses and infrastructure.

Bill Ray, Rod Bain and Chris Shaffner of CoBank

How Is U.S. Wheat Doing in the Global Export Game?

How are U.S. wheat growers expected to do in the very competitive world wheat market? Gary Crawford and Seth Meyer

Corn Demand May Be Altered by What’s Happening with Sorghum

U.S. corn stocks by the end of this marketing year will be larger than had been previously expected.

Bill Ray with Today’s AGRINET NEWS. 

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