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AFBF Joins Lawsuit Against EPA

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia has ruled that the American Farm Bureau Federation has a right to join in a lawsuit over the scope of the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to regulate poultry and livestock farms under the Clean Water Act. In July, AFBF asked for permission to join on the side of West ... Read More »

Ginning Leader Valco Wins Award

The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers recently presented awards to nine members of notable career achievements, including ginning leader Thomas D. Valco of USDA-ARS located in Stoneville, Miss. Valco was awarded the 2012 Mayfield Cotton Engineering Award in recognition of his outstanding contributions and leadership to the cotton industry through research, education, Extension and technology transfer. For more ... Read More »

California Farm Bureau Receives Top Honor

Two county Farm Bureaus in California have earned nati-onal recognition for innovative programs – one which informs members about regulations affecting their businesses and one that uses a fun activity to educate schoolchildren about local farms. The San Joaquin Farm Bureau Federation and Butte County Farm Bureau won County Activities of Excellence Awards, presented by the American Farm Bureau Federation. ... Read More »

Harvest Progressing Well In SJV Region

By Steve Adler Calif. Farm Bureau Federation With harvest now in full swing, cotton yields are approaching four bales to the acre, bringing smiles to the faces of producers in the San Joaquin Valley. California’s planted acreage of cotton this year is projected to be about 366,000 acres, down from last year’s figure of 454,000 acres, but still up considerably ... Read More »

Ag Secretary Wants Support For Farm Exports

By Rob Hotokainen McClatchy Newspapers Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says that U.S. farm exports are on pace to set a record high in 2013 but that sales will suffer if Congress does not resurrect a $200 million-a-year foreign marketing program that expired on Oct. 1. “We now are no longer in the business of being able to promote trade,” he ... Read More »

Industry News

NCC Launches Program To Help Identify Industry’s Emerging Leaders The National Cotton Council has launched the Emerging Leaders Program, an effort aimed at ensuring the U.S. cotton industry benefits from a continuity of sound leadership. The project, sponsored by a grant to The Cotton Foundation from Mon-santo, not only will provide participants with an in-depth look at the U.S. cotton ... Read More »

USDA Plans Regional Drought Meetings

Recognizing that recovery from the drought that affected much of the farm belt will be a lengthy process, Agri-culture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced the scheduling of four regional meetings that will outline available resources to assist with local, regional and state recovery efforts. USDA will coordinate with state and local partners, working closely with the Department of Commerce, the ... Read More »