Senator Thune discusses rail reform with ag leaders

- South Dakota’s senior U.S. Senator John Thune held a roundtable discussion with a group of farmers, commodity organizations and agribusiness representatives this morning in Sioux Falls at the South Dakota Corn office to visit about rail reform legislation and to take input on rail service issues. Recently, Senator Thune along with Senator Bill Nelson of […]

Call To Action: Protect Crop Insurance

- Work on the next farm bill is underway on the floor of the U.S. Senate. But as debate begins, one of the main targets of extreme environmental groups and fiscal hawks will be the federal crop insurance program. As we know, federal crop insurance is the most critical risk management component of any farm, ensuring […]

Corn Growers Converge in DC

- Corn Congress gets underway this week as directors from both the South Dakota Corn Growers Association and Corn Utilization Council will be meeting in Washington, DC to speak with our nation’s leaders and meet with corn farmers from other states to address current policy matters and elect leadership for the 2013 National Corn Growers Association […]

Bipartisan Biofuel Compromise Reached

- An ethanol deal has been reached between a bipartisan group of United States Senators in which they have agreed to end the Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit as of July 31, 2011. The compromise will shift the funds saved from ending the tax credit towards federal deficit reduction, blender pump infrastructure and advanced biofuel tax […]

Thune steps up for SD on PP

- On Thursday, June 30, 2011, the United States Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency revised its prevented planting policy for farmers in parts of the prairie pothole region due to flooding. United States Senator John Thune of South Dakota led the charge for his home state as his request for a change in federal prevented […]

Time for Real Reform

- While most politicians lived up to their negative stereotypes yesterday in the Senate with the unconstitutional vote on an amendment to stop renewable fuel incentives, the time is now for our policy-makers to step up to the plate and vote on real ethanol reform. With yesterday’s overwhelming vote, one has to wonder if they really […]

Failed Anti-Ethanol Amendment is a victory for consumers

- The United States Senate stood up for America’s renewable fuels industry today as they voted against Oklahoma Senator, Tom Coburn’s anti-ethanol amendment with a vote of 59-40. The proposed amendment would have taken away the young industry’s incentives including VEETC (the blender’s credit) and the tariff on imported ethanol. The Amendment would also have raised […]

Ethanol Reform and Deficit Reduction Act is a win, win

-   With criticism of ethanol incentives mounting in D.C. and the need for a reduction in federal spending, the ethanol industry got just what it needed on Monday with the introduction of the Ethanol Reform and Deficit Reduction Act. Brought forward by Senators John Thune (R-SD) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN ) along with 13 original […]

Farmers Go Grassroots in D.C.

- Corn farmers from all across this great land will assemble this week in Washington D.C. for Corn Congress 2010 to discuss policy and meet with our nation’s leaders. Corn Congress not only allows the delegates to meet with representatives, but also delegates/farmers from other states that may share similar concerns. “Coming to Washington is always […]

Recognizing Hurley Farmer and NCGA President, Darrin Ihnen

- Darrin Ihnen was born and raised on a family farm in rural Hurley, South Dakota. Agriculture is just something that has always been important in Darrin’s life. “Darrin showed interest in farming when he was in FFA in school. He had livestock out here He had hogs and did some farrowing and he did other […]