Microsoft Puts $50 Million Into Sustainable Jet Fuel

Microsoft is putting $50 million into a LanzaJet facility in Georgia that will produce jet fuel from ethanol. LanzaJet said last week its facility will start producing sustainable jet fuel next year. Reuters said experts consider the airline industry one of the hardest to decarbonize. Governments and investors are trying to boost incentives to produce […]

Biden, Vilsack Reassure Farm Bureau Members

President Biden and Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack are trying to reassure American Farm Bureau members that the administration has their back. During a short video at this week’s annual meeting in Atlanta, President Biden assured the mostly Republican-leaning members that America needs farmers “three times a day.” Biden also pointed out that farmers deserve affordable […]

Vilsack: Competition Must Be Addressed In Meat Packing Conversation

The lack of competition in the meat packing sector does limits many livestock producers to only one potential buyer, which can mean lower prices at the time of sale. But at last week’s White House meeting working to address this problem, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said the damage could be much broader in scope. Creating, […]

AFBF: Now Is The Time For The Administration To Focus On Trade

The American Farm Bureau says now is the time for the White House to “engage” on trade, after a year that saw little progress on new trade deals. From China to the U.K. and EU to Kenya, Farm Bureau Trade Adviser Dave Salmonsen said there is much to do, to bring down barriers to U.S. […]

New WOTUS Slated for February Unveil

According to Politico, the White House and the EPA target February for the administration’s WOTUS debut. The Waters of the United States Rule continues its seesaw reputation since first announced during the Obama administration. The Trump administration overhauled the rule, and now, the Biden administration is doing the same. The EPA moved last month to […]

R-CALF Skeptical of White House Action Plan

R-CALF calls the White House action plan for the meat supply chain “progress”, but the group remains skeptical about the plan. The effort includes government funding intended to slowly rebuild the competitive marketing channels for cattle and beef, which has created what the administration calls a “bottleneck” in the nation’s food supply chain. R-CALF USA […]

Administration Announces Meat Supply Chain Action Plan

President Joe Biden and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack met with farmers and ranchers at the White House Monday to announce a meat supply chain action plan. The plan includes four core strategies for creating what the Administration calls a more competitive, fair, resilient meat and poultry sector, with better earnings for producers and more choices […]

USDA Awards $8.2 Million For Rural Oregon Infrastructure Projects

The USDA announced Thursday it is investing $8.2 million to improve rural Oregon infrastructure. The Department said these investments will help expand access to clean water and high-speed internet in rural communities across the state. Here is a breakdown of hose the funds will be used: Pioneer Telephone Cooperative will use a $3 million grant to […]

Coalition: Ag Labor Must be Exempt from Travel Restrictions

A coalition of more than 60 agriculture groups led by the American Farm Bureau Federation is asking that agricultural workers be exempted from travel restrictions from South Africa. In a letter to the Biden administration, the coalition says, “While protecting our nation from new variants of COVID-19 is critically important, it is in our national […]

Report: U.S. Trade Falling Behind Global Competitors

The Corn Refiners Association released a new report this week revealing the United States is behind its competitors in reducing global trade barriers. The report, which tracked trade agreements since 2010, shows several nations have outpaced the U.S. in the creation of new bilateral and multilateral trade arrangements, including China, Japan, the European Union, and […]