#USsoy Brings Competitive Advantage to Aquaculture

Jamie Johansen

Iowa no-till corn and soybean farmer, Rolland Schnell, was one of the many farmers from states throughout the Midwest who trekked south to Panama for the U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) and Soy Aquaculture Alliance (SAA) Aquaculture Educational Opportunity. During the event we spent a day at the Panama Canal getting a full glimpse of the important role infrastructure plays …

Aquaculture + U.S. Soy = A Budding Relationship

Jamie Johansen

As the fastest growing animal protein, aquaculture is the center of conversations beyond the circle of animal agriculture. And the most common circle these days discussing aquaculture is soybean. The U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) and Soy Aquaculture Alliance (SAA) joined forces to host the 2017 Aquaculture Educational Opportunity in Panama City, Panama. U.S. soybean growers, researchers and aquaculture experts …

AFIA Response to Recent FSMA Transportation Rule

Jamie Johansen

In review of the Food Safety Modernization Act final rule on “Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food,” the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) finds the FDA made changes requested by the animal food industry to provide flexibility but added some inconsistent exemptions to the rule. The cost of implementing these requirements remains high. FDA estimates $113 to $117 million …

Dairy Applauds Inclusion of Milk in Transportation Bill

Jamie Johansen

The National Milk Producers Federation and International Dairy Foods Association praise Congress for its decision to include in a conference report a dairy-specific amendment that would benefit producers, processors and consumers. The organizations now urge Congress to pass the report so that it can reach President Obama’s desk by the Dec. 4 deadline. The bipartisan amendment, sponsored by Reps. Richard …

Cattlemen's Webinar Series

Jamie Johansen

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) will be hosting a webinar series on transportation, trade and taxes. The educational event will take place December 10th at 7pm Central. From trade to transportation, 2015 has been a turbulent year for a number of policy issues important to cattlemen and women both on Capitol Hill and within the federal agencies. Join NCBA …

NCBA Comments on Truck Weight Reform

Jamie Johansen

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President Philip Ellis released the following statement regarding the failure to include Representative Ribble’s truck reform language in H.R. 22 Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act. “The vote taken tonight [Tuesday] is an injustice to America’s cattle producers. Truck weight regulations affect every cattle producer’s bottom line. Outdated federal transportation laws force trucks to carry partially …

Dairy Industry Commends Rep. Ribble on Safe Trucking Act

Jamie Johansen

The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) and International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) have welcomed the introduction of the Safe, Flexible and Efficient Trucking Act in the House of Representatives. The bill, which was introduced by Representative Reid Ribble (R-WI), would allow states to increase the gross vehicle weight limit on commercial trucks if they are properly equipped with six axles …

Ag Gets Waiver From ‘Hours Of Service’ Rule

Jamie Johansen

The National Pork Producers Council petitioned the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) back in 2013 for a waiver and exemption from complying with the requirement of truck drivers to take a 30-minute rest break for every 8 hours of service. The groups this spring asked the FMCSA to renew the waiver and to extend it for the two-year maximum …

Poultry Groups Comment on FMCSA's Proposed Rule

Jamie Johansen

The U. S. Poultry & Egg Association, National Chicken Council and National Turkey Federation submitted comments to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) proposed rule mandating the use of Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs). Many of our member companies have already installed ELDs in their fleets and enjoy the benefits of the technology including enhanced recordkeeping and other fleet management …