Mark your calendars and plan to attend the 149th Annual National Grange Convention to be held November 10-14, 2015 in Lincoln, Nebraska. As you are gearing up for your travel to the 149th Annual National Grange Convention, please note that there are various travel options available to you. Travel options are:Lincoln Airport (LNK), located in Lincoln Distance 4 miles from … [Read More...]
In this July message, National Grange President Ed Luttrell discusses the exciting new Granges that are being organized across the country. Mr. Luttrell also emphasizes the importance of our State Grange annual sessions and encourages you to attend your State's session as well as the National Session this year in Lincoln, Nebraska. As always, we hope you like and subscribe to these videos. … [Read More...]
In this June message, National Grange President Ed Luttrell recaps the successes of the National Grange Annual Legislative Fly-in. Mr. Luttrell then discusses the importance of being involved in your local, state, and federal legislative process. In addition, Mr. Luttrell then touches on the fun events Grange members can take advantage of their local areas during the month of June. As always, we … [Read More...]
In this May message, National Grange President Ed Luttrell recaps the successes of April's Grange Month and discusses two new Granges that are being chartered. Mr. Luttrell also discusses the upcoming National Grange Annual Legislative Fly-In and it's importance in our Grange activities. Ed closes by expressing the integral part that our 148 years of history plays in our identity as an … [Read More...]
On April 22, Betsy Huber, Pennsylvania State Grange Legislative Director, presents U.S. Senator Pat Toomey with an award for his work on Medicare Part D. Along with Betsy are representatives of the Global Colon Cancer Association and the Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Hemophilia Foundation. … [Read More...]
- Washington’s Overlooked Barrier to Internet Access
A growing consensus is emerging in Washington about the necessity of reliable access to the Internet and online resources. Last week, in front of a packed auditorium in the capital of the Choctaw Nation, President Obama unveiled the ConnectHome initiative, which aims to provide high-speed internet to some 200,000 rural and low-income families. The month prior, Congressional leaders introduced the Digital Learning Equity Act, seeking to rollout greater out-of-school Internet access for students through Department of Education grants. Read more
- Postal Service Cuts Causes Rural Concerns
Despite three cautionary reports by the Postal Regulatory Commission, The Postal Service’s Office of Inspector General, and an internal management report, the U.S. Postal Service has moved ahead to reduce its service standards for First-Class Mail. These new policies will create a two-tier network with service to rural areas and small towns downgraded much more than large urban areas. Several state and local Granges are objecting to the Postmaster General with copies to their Senators and Representatives”. Read more
- Medicare Part D Rebates
The National Grange has joined a large number of patient health and elderly care organizations on a letter to the U.S Congress opposing proposals to weaken programs for seniors and persons with disabilities. One of these proposals would mandate rebates on Medicare’s Part D drug program. But these are not rebates to patients as one might assume. This money would be treated as a tax paid by drug manufacturers direct to the Federal Government with no resulting new drug development or lower patient prescription costs. Read more
- Federal Appeals Court Scheduled to Make Important Ruling
Today is a big day in the intellectual property arena, and it’s not just scholars and technology aficionados who are taking notice. The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit is set to hear appeals and objections in the Apple vs. Samsung proceedings (14-1335, Apple Inc. v. Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.), a critical case in the development of design patent reform. The National Grange is paying close attention to this case, being heard directly across Lafeyette Park from the National Grange Building in Washington DC, for its impact on Grange members access to advanced telecommunications technologies. Read more
- To Ensure the Best Outcomes for Rural Americans, Better Provisions Needed in Federal Broadband Plan
Today’s global economy demands that every participant have access to reliable, high-speed Internet in order to attain a level playing field to actively participate in the virtual business marketplace. Although rural America constitutes 15% of our total population, it is these men and women and families who keep food on our tables, fuel in our cars and provide energy for our homes and businesses. We owe it to them to implement the infrastructure to provide broadband internet services. Americans living in rural areas still lack access to this vital resource. Read more
The National Grange is working with America’s Electric Cooperatives to advocate against the EPA’s new rule. Tell EPA that its new rule on existing power plants will jeopardize the economy, cause energy prices to skyrocket, kill jobs and penalize low income Americans.
UPDATE: EPA Extends Comment Period for Coal-Fired Power Plant Rule
The EPA has extended the comment period for its proposed rule to limit power plant emissions from October 16 to December 1. Coal, at 39%, is the largest single source of electricity generation in the country. The electric utilities warn the rule will cause more than 600 generating plants to close before sufficient alternative power sources (natural gas, renewable energy, wind and solar) are capable of filling the void.
We urge our State Grange partners who have not already done so to submit comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in opposition to the proposed rule which would essentially expand EPA and Corps of Engineers jurisdiction over all waters of the United States. Practically all farmers, ranchers, land owners, rural small businesses and rural homeowners will be affected should this regulation become final as proposed.
EPA has been given regulatory powers over navigable waterways by Congress. The proposed Waters of the U.S. regulations will give EPA and the Corps new jurisdiction over most rural lands and surface water in America. With such authority, the EPA and Corps would have the legal right to oversee land use and production practices all across the rural landscape. This is not necessary. All waters of the U.S. are not threatened, endangered or impaired. For those waters that are below current standards, EPA already has ample statutory authority to take action on a situation-by-situation basis. This proposal is increasingly bring viewed as a regulatory overreach by the executive branch of the federal government.
We urge you to file your State Grange comments by Friday, November 14. Please encourage all Pomona and Community Grangers to file comments as well. Ask EPA to withdraw the proposal. CLICK HERE for instructions about writing, addressing and filing (either by mail or email) comments.