Livestock Industry Calls for Relief from EPA’s Regulations

Jamie Johansen

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and the Public Lands Council (PLC) filed comments to the EPA calling for immediate action on several regulations the agency put forward under previous Administrations. The groups said that the regulations, “inhibit job creation, are ineffective, are unnecessary, or impose costs that exceed the environmental benefits. Often, these regulations impose federal requirements on cattle …

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

EPA Admin Visits Missouri to Talk WOTUS & Energy

Jamie Johansen

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt visited rural Missourians, April 20, 2017, at the Thomas Hill Energy Center in Clifton Hill, Mo. The Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives hosted the event, which also featured U.S. Senator Roy Blunt and all major agricultural organizations. “It is fitting that the farm and ranch families we represent stand alongside the rural electric …

Ag Group, Beef, Cattle, energy, EPA, Government, Water

EPA Admin Visits with Cattlemen & Women

Jamie Johansen

U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt addressed cattlemen and women at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) annual legislative conference in Washington D.C. In his remarks, Administrator Pruitt said he is working to build a partnership between the agency and the men and women who serve as the stewards of our natural resources. “In Oklahoma, I saw first-hand that cattlemen care …

Ag Group, Beef, Cattle, EPA, NCBA

EPA Now Limited On Farm Data It Can Release

Jamie Johansen

A federal judge has approved a settlement agreement between the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) and the American Farm Bureau Federation and the EPA, limiting EPA’s release of information on livestock farmers. Under the agreement, the agency only may provide under a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request the city, county, zip code and Clean Water Act permit status of …

Ag Group, EPA, Farm Bureau, NPPC

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