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Archive for June, 2014

Profile: Safety, Health and Environmental Quality Committee

Editor’s note: NGFA relies heavily on its 18 active committees and councils to address significant issues related to public policy and industry business. As such, NGFA has launched a series of profiles looking at the committees, their priorities and leadership to keep members up-to-date on current issues. Committee Name: Safety, Health and Environmental Quality Committee […]

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Posted in: Newsletter, NGFA, Safety, Health & Environment

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Appeals Court Hears Arguments in CRP Tax Case

The Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals recently heard oral arguments in a tax case that could set a precedent for absentee landowners with Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) contracts. In addition, it could redefine tax treatment of cash rents, conservation easements and other types of passive income. The three-judge panel heard oral arguments in Morehouse […]

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Posted in: Arbitration, Newsletter

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Capitol Hill Update

Two noteworthy events recently occurred on Capitol Hill: Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., will take over as the next House Majority Leader, and Thad Chochran, R-Miss., held off his primary challenger. McCarthy Takes Over as House Majority Leader McCarthy was voted by his congressional GOP peers to be the next House Majority Leader, taking over for Eric […]

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Posted in: Agriculture Policy, Newsletter

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Biotechnology Briefs

It’s been a busy week regarding biotechnology issues. A recent Senate Finance Committee hearing addressed challenges facing U.S. crop biotechnology and global trade, while the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and several other associations filed a complaint in the federal district court in Vermont challenging the state’s mandatory genetically modified organism (GMO) labeling law. Biotechnology Highlighted […]

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Posted in: Biotechnology, Newsletter

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NGFA Urges STB to Create New System for Captive Grain Shippers to Challenge Unreasonable Rail Rates

The NGFA on June 27 submitted an extensive proposal urging the federal Surface Transportation Board (STB) to establish an entirely new system that captive grain shippers could use to challenge freight rail rates they believe are unreasonable. The STB launched a new proceeding (EP 665, Sub. No.-1) on Dec. 9, 2013, specifically to consider whether […]

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Posted in: Newsletter, Transportation

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