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2014 Farm Bill Provides New and Expanded Funding for Section 9003 Biorefinery Assistance Program

On February 7, 2014, President Barack Obama signed into law the Agriculture Act of 2014 (2014 Farm Bill). The 2014 Farm Bill is a $956 billion legislative package that includes $881 million in mandatory funding for energy...more

Farm Bill Passage A Boon To Homebuilders

The Farm Bill, which was approved by the Senate on Monday and the House last week, contains a provision that was supported by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) that will enable millions of Americans to maintain...more

Capital Thinking: Agriculture and Food

Farm Bill - On Tuesday afternoon, the Senate will vote on and likely pass the farm bill conference report that the Congressional Budget Office scored at a little over $16 billion in cost savings. The scheduled Senate...more

Capital Thinking: General Legislative

The Senate will convene today, Monday, February 3, at 2:00 pm. After any leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the conference report to accompany H.R. 2642, the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management...more

Farm Bill Conference Report Contains Significant Funding for Rural Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

On January 27 the leadership of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees released the long-awaited conference report of the 2014 Farm Bill. This five-year reauthorization is estimated to cost $950 billion over ten years...more

Capital Thinking: Agriculture and Food

Farm Bill Conference Progress - This evening, we expect the farm bill conference committee to file its conference report. The committee will likely use most of today to reach a final agreement on issues related to...more

Capital Thinking: General Legislative

The Senate will convene today, Monday, January 27, at 2:00 pm. After any leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to S. 1926, the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014. At...more

Growing Michigan - Fourth Quarter 2013

In This Issue: - Proposed EPA Water Rule Could Expand Regulatory Authority Over Streams and Wetlands - USDA Finalizes Import Regulations for "Mad Cow Disease" - Organic Farmers Effected by Farm Bill Extension...more

Capital Thinking: Agriculture and Food

Legislative Activity - Farm Bill Conference Progress - With the farm bill conference committee stalled because of strong disagreements over dairy provisions, last week the committee failed to release its draft...more

Anti-Disclosure Provision In Farm Bill Being Considered

According to the Associated Press, Congress is considering a provision in the farm bill that would prohibit the government from disclosing information about farmers or their employees. The House version of the bill would...more

Capital Thinking: Agriculture and Food

Legislative Activity - Farm Bill Conference Progress - The House approved by voice vote a farm bill extension through January 31, 2014. In response to the House’s actions, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV)...more

ML Strategies Weekly Energy and Environment Update – December 13, 2013

When the President outlined his Climate Action Plan on June 25, he stressed the importance of federal leadership on emissions reduction efforts. A little over five months later, he signed a presidential memorandum directing...more

Organic Farmers Effected By Farm Bill Extension

The Farm Bill extension that was passed last January to give Congress more time to get the final bill passed no longer contained an annual federal subsidy that helped certified organic farmers cover the cost of getting their...more

Capital Thinking: Agriculture and Food

Legislative Activity - Farm Bill Conference Progress - Last week, farm bill conferees left for the Thanksgiving break without releasing a draft agreement. Despite the break, it seems as if conversations among...more

Energy And Environment Update -- November 13, 2013

In This Issue: Energy and Climate Debate; Congress; Administration; Department of Energy; Department of Interior; Department of Treasury; Environmental Protection Agency; International; States; and...more

Capital Thinking: Agriculture and Food

Farm Bill Conference Progress - Senate Agriculture Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) has remarked publicly that a farm bill compromise is “doable” before Congress leaves for the Thanksgiving break, as agreements may have...more

Capital Thinking: Agriculture and Food

Farm Bill Conference - This Wednesday, October 30, marks the official start to the farm bill conference, which will be a public meeting involving the 41 House and Senate conferees. For months, agriculture leadership and...more

ML Strategies Weekly Energy and Environment Update – Week of October 21, 2013

Despite coming to an agreement to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling last week, Congress will continue to address these issues over the next three months through the fiscal year 2014 appropriations and yet...more

Energy And Environment Update -- October 22, 2013

In This Issue: Energy and Climate Debate; Congress; Administration; Department of Energy; Department of Interior; Department of Treasury; Environmental Protection Agency; Federal Energy Regulatory Commission;...more

Capital Thinking: Agriculture and Food

Legislative Activity - Farm Bill - This week, agriculture leadership in both chambers will likely announce a date for the farm bill conference to begin. Last week, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas...more

Capital Thinking: Agriculture and Food

Legislative Activity - Farm Bill - As expected, early last week the Senate reappointed its farm bill conferees. The House, however, has yet to name its conferees. In late September, staff had indicated that the...more

Capital Thinking: Agriculture and Food

LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY - Farm Bill - As Congress returns from the August recess, the House agenda for September will include floor consideration of a nutrition title bill that looks to enact major reforms to the...more

Capital Thinking Update - July 29, 2013

General Legislative - The Senate will convene today, Monday, July 29, at 2:00pm. After any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in morning business until 4:30 pm, with senators permitted to speak for up to 10 minutes each....more

Energy And Environment Update -- July 22, 2013

In This Issue: Energy and Climate Debate; Congress; Administration; Department of Energy; Department of Interior; Department of State; Environmental Protection Agency; Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; Government...more

Capital Thinking Update - July 22, 2013

General Legislative - The Senate will convene at 10:00 am on Tuesday, July 23. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is expected to renew his motion to proceed on the FY 2014 Transportation, Housing and Urban...more

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