Animal Ag Cheers Ditch of WOTUS

Jamie Johansen

The animal agriculture community are smiles this week as they revel in the news about President Trump’s executive action regarding the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule ordering the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers to reconsider. John Starkey, president of U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY), said, “USPOULTRY is very pleased that the thousands of …

Ag Group, environment, EPA, Government, Livestock, Water

Trump Sends WOTUS Back for Review

Cindy Zimmerman

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday directing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to formally reconsider the controversial Waters of the United States, or WOTUS, rule under the Clean Water Act. “(This) is one of the rules most strongly opposed by farmers, ranchers and agricultural workers all across our land…it’s been a disaster,” said President Trump during the White …

Audio, EPA, Water

Beef, Pork Groups Congratulate Pruitt as EPA Admin

Jamie Johansen

Groups representing the beef and pork industries released statements in response to the U.S. Senate’s confirmation of Scott Pruitt as EPA Administrator. Craig Uden, president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), said, “For far too long, the EPA has been a runaway bureaucracy largely out of touch with how its policies directly affect folks like cattle ranchers, who use …

Ag Group, Beef, environment, EPA, Government, NCBA, NPPC, Policy, Pork

SCOTUS and WOTUS and #CattleCon17

Kelly Marshall

Scott Yager is the environmental counsel for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and Jamie Johansen had the opportunity to talk with him at the 2017 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show. There are many opportunities with the new administration, Yager told Jamie. This is a time for the NCBA to find out what it’s members are looking for because …

Ag Group, Audio, Beef, Cattle, environment, EPA, Government, NCBA

Supreme Court To Hear WOTUS Case

Lizzy Schultz

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to consider whether jurisdiction rests with the federal district or appellate courts to hear a lawsuit brought by several agricultural organizations, businesses and municipalities against the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule, a Clean Water Act rule that would give the government broad jurisdiction over land and water. “The WOTUS rule is vague, …

Ag Group, Conservation, environment, EPA, NCBA, NPPC, Policy, Water

NCBA & PLC File Opening Brief in WOTUS Legal Battle

Jamie Johansen

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and the Public Lands Council (PLC), along with other industry and municipal stakeholders, filed the opening brief in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals calling for the EPA and the Army Corps’ “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rule to be invalidated. Tracy Brunner, NCBA president and Kansas cattle producer said subjectivity and egregious …

Ag Group, environment, EPA, Land, NCBA, Public Lands Council, Water

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Address Endangered Species Act

Jamie Johansen

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released a final rule that begins to address rampant abuse of the Endangered Species Act listing process. The rule limits petitions for new listings to one species and will require more substantive justification in order to file a petition for listing under the ESA. The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the Public Lands Council …

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

Senate Highlights EPA Enforcement of WOTUS

Lizzy Schultz

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 …

Ag Group, Conservation, environment, EPA, Policy, Water

NPPC, Farm Bureau Win FOIA Case Against EPA

Jamie Johansen

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 …

Ag Group, environment, EPA, Farm Bureau, NPPC, Pork

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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