NPPC Urges WOTUS Delay

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Following Thursday’s federal court injunction against a new Clean Water Act (CWA) rule, the National Pork Producers Council says they strongly urge the Obama administration to delay implementation of the regulation. The organization also again asked the administration to withdraw it and to work with the agriculture and business communities to craft a rule ensuring the cleanliness of the nation’s …

Ag Group, environment, EPA, NPPC

USPOULTRY Environmental Management Seminar

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U.S. Poultry & Egg Association’s Environmental Management Seminar will examine current and emerging issues related to water quality, air emissions and overall regulatory compliance to ensure that poultry environmental managers can effectively respond to factors that may impact regulatory compliance. This year’s conference will be held Sept. 24-25, at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa in Destin, Fla. …

Ag Group, environment, Poultry, US Poultry

Missouri Highlights Sustainable & Responsible Producers

Jamie Johansen

Missouri Department of Agriculture held a press conference on the opening day of the Missouri State Fair about the launch of their Agriculture Stewardship Assurance Program (ASAP). The program goals are to encourage sustainable agricultural practices throughout the state, increase consumer confidence in Missouri agriculture and provide global marketing opportunities for the state’s producers. ASAP is a verification program that …

Ag Group, environment, Farming, Livestock, Ranches, sustainability

Army Corps Criticizes EPA for Flawed Rulemaking

Jamie Johansen

The Army Corps of Engineers serves as the primary regulator over Environmental Protection Agency’s “waters of the United States” rule. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee released internal memos stating the Corp doesn’t believes the rule will not hold up in the courts and it misinterprets data. The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association has called for the EPA to immediately …

Ag Group, environment, EPA, NCBA, Water

Cattlemen Honored for Environmental Stewardship

John Davis

Seven families were honored for their outstanding land management practices during the 2015 Cattle Industry Summer Conference. The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association says the Environmental Stewardship Award Program (ESAP) honors the efforts of farmers and ranchers who are dedicated to maintaining and improving their lands to ensure that they are productive for future generations. ESAP is celebrating its 25th anniversary …

Ag Group, Cattle, environment, NCBA

Officials Say Final WOTUS Rule Respects Agriculture

Cindy Zimmerman

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Wednesday released the final version of the Clean Water Rule that has become known as the Waters of the United States or WOTUS which they say protects clean water “while respecting agriculture.” EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works Jo-Ellen Darcy released …

Audio, environment, Government, Water

NCBA: EPA Writes off Rural America

Jamie Johansen

The Environmental Protection Agency finalized its “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) proposed rule, which unilaterally strips private property rights and adds hundreds of thousands of stream miles and acres of land to federal jurisdiction. In the Clean Water Act, they added language to the law that leaves regulation up to the subjectivity of individual regulators across the country. By …

Ag Group, Beef, Cattle, environment, EPA, NCBA, Water

California Dairy Farmer Protects Blackbirds

Kelly Marshall

A dairy farmer from Tipton, California was recognized for his work in protecting the Tricolored Blackbird. Frank Mendonsa is the President of Western United Dairymen and the owner of the silage fields that became a temporary nesting grounds for the emergency-listed birds. Mendonsa delayed his harvest to allow the birds to raise their young. “When the birds first appeared on …

Conservation, Dairy, environment, NRCS

Senators Introduce WOTUS Rewrite Bill

Cindy Zimmerman

A bipartisan group of U.S. Senators introduced a bill Thursday that calls on EPA to develop a new “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) proposal. The senators, including John Barrasso (R-WY), Joe Donnelly (D-IN), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Joe Manchin (D-WV), jointly introduced the Federal Water Quality Protection Act, directing EPA and the U.S. …

Audio, environment, Government, legislation, Water

Chicken Litter – A Hot Commodity

Jamie Johansen

Jenny Rhodes, Extension Educator for University of Maryland in Queen Anne’s County and local poultry farmer, was asked to attend the 2015 Chicken Media Summit to talk about chicken manure. For her first 10 years in extension, Jenny wrote nutrient management plans. These plans are state mandated and any farmer meeting it’s requirements must have one for their operation. “In …

Ag Group, Audio, Chicken, environment, Fertilizer, National Chicken Council, Poultry, US Poultry