January 22, 2010

Protecting farmer interests in air, water and land

Nebraska Corn Growers Association member Steve Ebke is chairman of the National Corn Growers Association’s Production and Stewardship Action Team. This team provides leadership to NCGA in addressing issues related to corn production, environmental stewardship, transportation and livestock issues.

It also conducts NCGA's National Corn Yield Contest.

NCGA recently highlighted the Production and Stewardship Action Team's goals for 2010 - covering everything from the impact of climate legislation and regulations on agriculture to seeking appropriations to improve vital waterways and supporting advances in production technology.

In an interview posted on NCGA's website, Ebke indicated that the team’s top priority will be participating in climate change discussions on Capitol Hill.

“Monitoring the cap and trade legislation is even more important following the recent testimony of USDA Chief Economist Joe Glauber. USDA’s legislative analysis indicated a significant loss of farmland due to afforestation as well as a loss of production and significantly higher input costs,” said Ebke. “However, the department failed to include offsets opportunities from working land.”

Ebke said another priority is one NCGA has worked on for years - lock and dam modernization.

For more - including an audio interview with Ebke - click here.

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