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

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

USPOULTRY Recognizes Clean Water Award Winners

Lizzy Schultz

Sanderson Farms, of Kinston, North Carolina, and Tyson Foods, of Russellville, Arkansas, were recently named the recipients of the 2016 Clean Water Award, presented by the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY). The award recognizes poultry facilities that have excelled in their efforts at water reclamation. Awards were presented during USPOULTRY’s Environmental Management Seminar in Destin, Floria in two categories: …

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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

IAWA Moves Forward with Conservation Strategy

Joanna Schroeder

Water quality continues to be on the forefront for the state of Iowa and the initiative tasked with overcoming challenges and pioneering solutions in relation to agriculture – the Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance (IAWA) – has now unveiled a conservation strategy. The announcement was made during the 2016 Farm Progress Show by Iowa Ag Secretary Bill Northey. As part of …

Agribusiness, Audio, Farm Progress Show, Water

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. …

Ag Group, Dairy, environment, National Milk, Water

Hydration Tips from Sav-A-Chick 🐓

Lizzy Schultz

Adjusting birds’ water in the summer can help them continue to thrive as temperatures rise, and Sav-A-Chick products has some tips to help keep chickens hydrated and reduce heat stress this summer. “On average, a flock of seven adult birds should drink one gallon of water per day. Water is a great opportunity to provide additional nutrients,” says Julian (Skip) …

Ag Group, Animal Health, Chicken, Health, Nutrition, Supplements, Water

Finger Millet Saves Water in Dairy Production

Lizzy Schultz

As the sustained increase in dairy production throughout the Southern High Plains region of West Texas and New Mexico continues to stretch the area’s Ogallala Aquifer beyond capacity, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists have looked to the efforts of Indian cattle farmers for an attempt to lower the area’s water usage. The potential solution involves replacing corn silage and …

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