Edgington mentioned he was inspired by EPA Administrator Michael Regan’s willingness to hearken to agriculture’s considerations.
“Typically we’re on the identical web page and typically we’re not,” Edgington mentioned.
“Typically we’re in court docket siding with them and typically we’re in court docket in opposition to them. And so, it appears to be that our challenges with EPA or our alternatives to work collectively might be there on many, many points. The present administrator has been very ahead, very frank and he desires to work with us. He says we could not agree on the whole lot, however we have to work collectively as a workforce. A minimum of we may have a very good, strong dialogue round these points and the way we bought to the purpose we’re at.”
Edgington mentioned his group would proceed to work with members of Congress to verify ag producers’ considerations are entrance and middle in ethanol and tax coverage discussions.
NCGA might be working, he mentioned, to go the Subsequent Era Fuels Act. The measure would enhance gasoline octane to a minimal commonplace by means of low-carbon, renewable fuels.
TRADE, TAX CONCERNS
Congress is contemplating a plan to lift taxes on farmers by eradicating the stepped-up foundation provision, elevating capital beneficial properties taxes, elevating inheritance ranges, and decreasing the 1031 alternate limits.
Edgington mentioned the specter of greater taxes “has us all involved about profitability.”
“It will take all of us in agriculture, working collectively to influence them to drop this dangerous concept,” he mentioned, “and I imagine we will get this finished.”
Only recently, the Biden administration introduced its plans on commerce. Edgington mentioned NCGA desires the administration to be aggressive on that entrance.
“We would like the Biden administration to be proactive of their strategy to commerce,” he mentioned.
“We have got some long-term companions, Mexico and Canada, that we have finished lots with and but we possibly have some challenges with them. That is why USMCA is such a terrific piece of fabric. China is clearly the wild card, and proper now we appear to have fairly first rate buying and selling relationships with them, however we need to construct on that Southeast Asia area that’s persevering with to develop as individuals add demand for meals merchandise and different merchandise.”
Edgington mentioned the U.S. must spend extra time “encouraging and educating the European Union that what we produce is a secure healthful product that they should make the most of.
“So, our message merely is we’d like commerce, and we’d like extra commerce, and we are going to take it everywhere from all nations, as a result of we’re a very good buying and selling accomplice and a dependable provider,” he mentioned.
RISING INPUT COSTS
As many farmers throughout the nation wrap up harvest, a lot of their consideration has turned to subsequent season, and particularly, what to do about rising inputs prices.
Fertilizer costs particularly have continued to rise.
DTN’s Sept. 29 replace confirmed retail fertilizer costs had been considerably greater than one 12 months in the past, with costs starting from 39% to 85% greater in comparison with final 12 months. DTN surveys greater than 300 retailers, gathering roughly 1,700 fertilizer value bids, to compile the DTN Fertilizer Index every week.
“Not solely is it the value, however is it the provision,” Edgington mentioned.
“Can they even get it as a result of we’re additionally listening to that after we get by means of the stock that the fertilizer sellers carried into the autumn, their replenishment inventory just isn’t actual nice. So, sure, it’s a concern. It’s going to in all probability be a deciding issue on some individuals whether or not they go along with corn, soybeans, wheat, or probably no fertilizer in any respect on a few of these crops so far as P and Okay.
“The availability just isn’t equaling the present demand scenario, so will probably be a situation we might be working not solely this fall, nevertheless it’s going to enter subsequent spring and probably even within the subsequent fall.”
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