On Jan. 25, Senator Heidi Heitkamp (ND) wrote to Jordan Leonard, acting chief of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), in support of a Honey Bee & Pollinator Habitat Enhancement under the Conservation Stewardship Program. The enhancement would encourage growers to plant canola and sunflowers as habitats for honey bees and wild pollinators. The U.S. Canola Association (USCA), National Sunflower Association and American Honey Producers Association initiated this enhancement with NRCS in December. Canola and sunflower crops are ideal habitats for honey bees, which have suffered from habitat loss and other threats in recent years.
The USCA and 68 other trade associations asking Congressional leadership to pass a multi-year extension of “tax extenders,” which includes biodiesel tax credits, as soon as possible. Various tax provisions impacting renewable energy and other industries expired at the end of 2016 and have yet to be renewed. Industry leaders argue “every day that these provisions remain lapsed creates further confusion and uncertainty for taxpayers, while needlessly undermining economic growth and job creation in the private sector.”