Senate Highlights EPA Enforcement of WOTUS

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The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee has released a report highlighting examples of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) illegally asserting jurisdiction over features that are traditionally exempt from the Clean Water Act. The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals is continuing their nationwide stay on enforcement of EPA’s “waters of the United States” final rule, but according to this …

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NPPC, Farm Bureau Win FOIA Case Against EPA

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A federal appeals court overruled a lower court decision to throw out a lawsuit brought by the National Pork Producers Council and the American Farm Bureau Federation against the EPA over its release to environmental groups of personal information on tens of thousands of farmers. In late 2015, a U.S. district court dismissed the NPPC-Farm Bureau suit for lack of …

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Enviro Groups Hamper Endangered Species Conservation

Jamie Johansen

According to the Public Lands Council (PLC) and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), the Center for Biological Diversity along with other radical environmental groups threatened to sue the Department of Interior and Fish and Wildlife Service to force action on 417 proposed listings under the Endangered Species Act, all stemming from a massive lawsuit settlement brokered behind closed doors and …

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Endangered Species Act Again Challenged By Cattlemen

Jamie Johansen

The Washington Cattlemen’s Association (WCA) has joined with Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF) in challenging a federal regulation that imposes harsh Endangered Species Act restrictions for as many as 150 species that Congress did not intend to be automatically covered. In a petition with the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife, the WCA and PLF demand repeal of a regulation that …

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Riverhill Farms Featured in USPOULTRY Video

Lizzy Schultz

The U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY) released a fifth video in their series covering environmental stewardship on poultry and egg farms. This video features one of USPOULTRY’s Family Farm Environmental Excellence Award winners, Riverhill Farms, of Port Republic, Va. Riverhill Farms, owned and operated by Glenn and Sheri Rodes and their family, raises turkeys, dairy and beef cattle, corn …

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NMPF Supports Investments to Improve Water & Air Quality

Jamie Johansen

The National Milk Producers Federation endorses new Senate legislation that would help dairy farmers increase their investment in technologies that can improve water and air quality and maximize the value of nutrients. Senate Bill 3248, introduced by Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Pat Roberts (R-KS) of the Senate Finance Committee, mirrors legislation introduced by the House of Representatives in June. …

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More ESAP Regional Finalists Announced

Lizzy Schultz

The tradition of cattlemen and women serving as stewards of America’s natural 2016 Cattle Industry Summer Business Meeting with the announcement of the six regional Environmental Stewardship Award Program (ESAP) winners, who will compete for the national ESAP award, which will be announced in February 2017. Huntingdon Farm, of Alexandria, Pennsylvania, was one of the winners honored last week in …

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Regional ESAP Winners Announced

Lizzy Schultz

The six regional Environmental Stewardship Award Program (ESAP) winners were honored during the 2016 Cattle Industry Summer Business Meeting. The winners hail from locations across the country, and were nominated for their outstanding efforts to protect land, air and water resources on their individual farming and ranching operations. The regional winners will now compete for the 26th national ESAP award, …

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NMPF Endorses Legislation Exempting Farms from RCRA

Lizzy Schultz

The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) has expressed support for new bipartisan legislation introduced in the House of Representatives that clarifies the exemption of dairy farms and other livestock producers from being subject to the Resource Conversation and Recovery Act (RCRA). RCRA was enacted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 1976 to set forth a framework for the …

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House Holds Hearing on Wild Horse & Burro Program

Jamie Johansen

Nevada State Veterinarian and fourth generation cattleman, J.J. Goicoechea, testified on behalf of the Public Lands Council, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and Nevada Cattlemen’s Association during the House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Federal Lands hearing on the challenges and potential solutions for the Bureau of Land Management’s Wild Horse and Burro Program. For over 40 years, the BLM’s …

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