Government Affairs

04/24/2018

A tremendous amount of time and effort was expended on behalf of cooperative owners leading up to the passage of the omnibus budget, which was signed into law by the President on March 23. Section 199 was a significant benefit to Aurora Cooperative farmer-owners; a total of $40M of Section 199 deduction was passed through…

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Dawn Caldwell

10/20/2017

Dawn Caldwell Head of Government Affairs at Aurora Cooperative Government Affairs Update October 20, 2017 Two topics have been at the forefront the past several weeks – Renewable fuels and Section 199 within our current tax code. RENEWABLE FUELS Chris Vincent, penned an excellent op-ed supporting bio-fuels. If you haven’t seen that, you can read…

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Dawn Caldwell

09/22/2017

Dawn Caldwell Head of Government Affairs at Aurora Cooperative While the media focuses on relations with North Korea, another likely failing chance at repealing the Affordable Healthcare Act (Obamacare), and very unfortunate natural disasters, there are glimpses of progress being made in our nation’s Capital. The Senate Ag Committee held nomination hearings for both Stephen…

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Dawn Caldwell

09/08/2017

DAWN CALDWELL HEAD OF GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS FEDERAL ISSUES Trade – Two rounds of NAFTA renegotiation meetings are completed. A large number of issues have been tabled, including the desire for expanded use of U.S.-made materials in automobiles and other products and disagreements about the mechanisms for resolving trade disputes and whether steps should be taken…

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08/04/2017

GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS UPDATE JULY 31, 2017 DAWN CALDWELL FEDERAL ISSUES NAFTA Renogiation – August 16 is the day the renegotiation talks begin. As has been mentioned in the past, most of agriculture is feeling comfortable going into the talks. This has been reassured again by Secretary Perdue’s comments during a trip to Mexico just last…

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Dawn Caldwell

07/17/2017

DAWN CALDWELL HEAD OF GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS FEDERAL ISSUES WOTUS-repeal measures move ahead. Two House spending bills targeting the Obama-era “waters of the U.S.” rule are closer to becoming law. The House Appropriations Committee approved its fiscal 2018 energy and water spending bill last Wednesday, and the House Appropriations subcommittee responsible for funding the EPA sent…

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Dawn Caldwell

06/30/2017

FEDERAL ISSUES EPA Proposes to Withdraw the 2015 WOTUS Rule This past Tuesday, June 27, EPA Administrator Pruitt announced the proposal to repeal the 2015 WOTUS Rule. It is important to understand, that action starts the process to getting the 2015 rule repealed and there will be a comment period (the comment period will be…

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06/09/2017

Federal Issues Proposed Budget Seeks Slight Cuts For OSHA; Reflects Changed Priorities “The White House says the budget proposal places a priority on helping protect American workers and helping employers understand and comply with worker protection laws by putting an emphasis on compliance assistance and outreach.” Analysis by the law firm Conn Maciel Carey suggests…

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05/26/2017

FEDERAL ISSUES The Senate Ag Committee held a hearing, May 25th, focused on the farm economy. Panel members were from the USDA (chief economist), the Federal Reserve, a crop input company, and the rural development dept. from Oregon. The committee members sought specific prioritizing points from the panel as they work toward the next Farm…

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