Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack released a statement about the implementation of the 2014 Farm Bill in its first 90 days. "We are making tremendous progress implementing the new farm bill," he said. Several items were executed, such as Supplemental Agriculture Disaster Assistance and changes in the interest rate on Direct Farm Ownership loans. A website on farm bill implementation will keep growers updated. The Economic Research Service also launched a website about the economic implications of new farm bill programs and provisions.
The U.S. Canola Association and the Northern Canola Growers Association are among the more than 100 businesses and organizations that signed a May 29 letter to President Obama protesting the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volumes for 2014. The group of biodiesel advocates expressed concern that the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed rule to maintain the biodiesel volume at 1.28 billion gallons would result in a sharp drop in production and severely damage the industry’s future.