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October 9, 2013

Chesapeake Bay Watershed

Both the American Farm Bureau and the National Corn Growers Association plan to file appeals on the recent ruling which upheld the Environmental Protection Agency's Total Maximum Daily Load for the Chesapeake Bay watershed. That federal court decision gives the EPA wide latitude to dictate local land use and development decisions. AFBF seeks an appeal to preserve the primary role of states in setting land use policy and determining how to achieve water quality goals. The NCGA said it supports "the need to protect water quality but...don't support a wrongfully decided case when it has a profoundly negative impact on agricultural production and innovation."

NCBA Internships Available

The National Cattlemen's Beef Association is accepting applications for internships during the 2014 Cattle Industry Convention in Nashville February 3-7. The deadline to submit an application for one of the internships is October 27th. According to NCBA Public Policy Analyst Mallory Gaines the convention internship program provides " excellent opportunity to network with people throughout the beef industry." The annual Cattle Industry Convention boasts over 5,500 attendees and a trade show with more than 250 booths. Interns are offered a unique, behind-the-scenes experience of setting up the trade show, manning the NCBA Political Action Committee booth, assisting with the NCBA-PAC auction, helping members vote on NCBA policy, working with the media and helping guide producers to convention events. To apply, interested college juniors, seniors or graduate students should submit their application, college transcript, two letters of recommendation and a resume to More information and the internship application are available on the NCBA website.

Corn Scholarships Up For Grabs

The National Corn Growers Association and BASF Corporation will again award five $1,000 scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing a degree in an agriculture-related field during the 2014-15 school year.

"NCGA understands that to remain successful as an industry we must focus on education and keeping our best and brightest interested in ag," said Tom Haag, chairman of NCGA's Grower Services Action Team. "This program is an important component of NCGA's commitment to fostering youth in agriculture and to the future of our rural communities. It is an investment in not only their future but also our own.

Applicants for the NCGA William C. Berg Academic Excellence in Agriculture Scholarship Program must be entering at least their second undergraduate year or any year of graduate study, and they or a parent or legal guardian must be an NCGA member. Scholarship applications must be postmarked on or before December 13, 2013.

Scholarship recipients will be selected in early 2014. Recipients and a parent or guardian will enjoy travel and lodging to attend the 2014 Commodity Classic in San Antonio, Texas, to be recognized at the NCGA Banquet and have the opportunity to learn more about modern agriculture.

This is the seventh year for the partnership between BASF and NCGA. Click here for the complete rules and application packet.

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