Advocacy & Legislation
EPA Proposes Wide Range of Changes to RFS
The Environmental Protection Agency this week proposed a host of edits to the Renewable Fuels Standard, ranging from new allowances for RIN generation to changing the definition of crop residue to produce ethanol.
May 23, 2013 – Farm Futures
VDOT plans $120M project to improve I-264 and I-64
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has advertised a $120 million project to rehabilitate 163 lane-miles of I-264 and I-64 in the Hampton Roads region. Contracts are scheduled to be awarded by the end of the year, with construction beginning early next year.
May 22, 2013 – Roads & Bridges
U.S. Clean Diesel Technology Exports an Economic Powerhouse
On the occasion of World Trade Week, the Diesel Technology Forum today highlighted the importance of diesel engines, fuels and equipment in global commerce and international trade.
May 22, 2013 – Compact Equipment
Pa. Turnpike Looks to Foreign Investors for I-95 Connector
Foreign investors could provide $200 million to help connect the Pennsylvania Turnpike to Interstate 95 in southeastern Pennsylvania in a deal that would provide commissions and fees for the officers of a Philadelphia investment management company and green cards for the investors and their families.
May 22, 2013 – Construction Equipment Guide
Construction Industry, Unions Urge Support for House Keystone XL Approval Bill
Seventeen national construction associations and unions joined Associated Equipment Distributors (AED) Monday, May 20, calling on the House of Representatives to support the Northern Route Approval Act (H.R. 3), legislation that would eliminate the need for presidential approval of the Keystone XL pipeline project.
May 21, 2013 – AED
Construction Backlog Indicator 7% Higher than One Year Ago Despite Recent Declines
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today reports that its Construction Backlog Indicator (CBI) declined 1.1 percent during the first quarter of 2013 and now stands at 7.9 months.
May 21, 2013 – forconstructionpros.com
Obama Administration calls for more crop insurance and commodity cuts
The Obama Administration issued a Statement of Administration Policy (SAP) today which broadly supports key reforms made in the new farm bill being debated on the United States Senate floor, while calling for unspecified additional cuts in crop insurance and commodity program savings.
May 21, 2013 – Agri-Pulse
Texas Increases Safety Focus - Results in Fatality Rate Drop
The construction fatality rate is declining faster in Texas than most other states according to a new analysis of federal safety data conducted by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials noted that the state's construction fatality and injury rates have declined as many contractors have spent much of the past decade focusing on improving workplace safety.
May 17, 2013 – forconstructionpros.com
Maryland announces 10 projects covered by gas-tax increase
The gas-tax increase in Maryland will be gradual, starting in July and ending three years later, but is expected to generate $1.2 billion in transportation improvements over the next six years.
May 17, 2013 – Roads & Bridges
Congress Expected To Waste No Time In Debating Farm Bill
Indications are that legislators will waste no time in taking up the farm bill drafts on both the Senate and House floors. The version approved by the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee on Tuesday was introduced later that day on the Senate floor as S. 954.
May 17, 2013 – AgriMarketing
Senate Passes Water Resources Development Act
The Senate Wednesday voted 83-14 in support of the Water Resources Development Act, a bill that authorizes Army Corps projects on major inland waterways in the United States, and includes a provision that partially alleviates EPA fuel storage restrictions.
May 16, 2013 – Farm Futures
House Agriculture Committee passes new farm bill
After several long hours of debate, the House Agriculture Committee passed a new five-year farm bill, H.R. 1947, late tonight by a 36-10 vote margin. The measure reforms or eliminates more than 100 programs, including the elimination of direct payments that have been the mainstay of the farm safety net for almost two decades.
May 16, 2013 – AgriPulse
Housing Starts Slip with Multifamily Correction in April
A correction from an unsustainably high level of production on the volatile multifamily side was largely responsible for a 16.5 percent dip in nationwide housing starts to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 853,000 units in April, according to newly released figures from HUD and the U.S. Census Bureau. However, permits for new construction headed solidly higher in the month, with a particularly strong gain in multifamily issuance.
May 16, 2013 – AED
NHTSA data shows 5.3% rise in US road accident deaths in 2012
An estimated 34,080 people died in road accidents in the United States in 2012, up 5.3% on the year before, according to a new report from the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
May 15, 2013 – World Highways
McDonnell signs Virginia roads bill
Gov. Robert F. McDonnell on Monday ceremonially signed the landmark transportation-funding bill that will generate $1.4 billion a year for Virginia roads, highways and rail.
May 13, 2013 – Washington Post
D.C. Watch: Blame House Ag Committee for farm bill delays
Farm bill debates in the House and Senate Ag Committees will begin this week - May 14 in the Senate and May 15 in the House. Senate leaders would like to bring the bill to the floor before the end of the month, but the floor debate in the House will probably be delayed until late summer or even later.
May 13, 2013 – Ag Professional
Wisconsin DOT Proposes Delays in Light of Deficit
State transportation officials released a new plan April 29 to delay reconstruction work on southeastern Wisconsin's freeways and scale back road aid to local governments in hopes of closing a looming deficit in the state's transportation fund.
May 10, 2013 – Construction Equipment Guide
Draft of Senate's 2013 Farm Bill Released
Farm groups Thursday welcomed the Senate Agriculture Committee's release of the 2013 Farm Bill draft, which appears in many ways to be similar to last year's Senate-passed bill.
May 10, 2013 – Farm Futures
North Dakota is the Hottest State for Construction Jobs
Employment in the construction industry bottomed in 2011. Here's a look at the 10 states with the biggest percentage gains and declines in construction jobs since then.
May 10, 2013 – forconstructionpros.com
Caterpillar's chief technology officer urges Congress to support manufacturing, highly skilled workers in immigration reform
Caterpillar's Chief Technology Officer Gwenne Henricks recently testified before the Senate Commerce Committee and urged lawmakers to support manufacturing and highly-skilled immigrants in whatever form of immigration reform is passed into law.
May 9, 2013 – Equipment World