Feds Told Don't Drown Land Owners in Regulatory Flood

John DavisEPA, Government, NCBA, usda, Water

Two groups that represent the interests of a large portion of rural land owners and users has a message for the federal government: Don’t drown land owners in a regulatory flood! The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the Public Lands Council filed comments calling for the immediate withdrawal of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers’ … Read More

WOTUS Topic of Next Farm Foundation Forum

John DavisEPA, Government, Water

As the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers takes public comment on their proposed “Waters of the United States” or WOTUS regulations, Farm Foundation is offering a forum on the issue. Next Wednesday, Sept. 17th from 9 am-11 am at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., Farm Foundation hosts a free forum on how … Read More

NPPC Releases "Waters of the U.S." Mapping Tool

Cindy ZimmermanEPA, Government, Livestock, NPPC, Water

The National Pork Producers Council, together with other agricultural groups, has unveiled an interactive website that shows land likely to be regulated under the Waters of the United States rule proposed be EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers. The maps were developed for 17 states – as diverse as Alaska and Florida and including major hog producing states such … Read More

EPA Finally Hands Over Maps of their WOTUS Proposal

Jamie JohansenAg Group, Conservation, environment, EPA, NCBA, Water

The House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology released maps of waters and wetlands the Environmental Protection Agency has to-date refrained from making public. After multiple requests, the Agency finally handed over the maps to the committee, which appear to detail the extent of the “Waters of the United States” proposal. “Given the astonishing picture they paint, I understand the … Read More

Ditch the Rule at Missouri State Fair

Jamie JohansenAFBF, Ag Group, Audio, Cattle, environment, EPA, Government, NCBA

Agriculture’s “Ditch the Rule” campaign against the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule was highlighted at the Missouri State Fair this week. Three members of Missouri’s congressional delegation held a press conference at the fair, organized by the the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), Missouri Cattlemen’s Association and Missouri Farm Bureau. Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO), … Read More

Ag Groups Challenge EPA Interpretive Rule

Cindy ZimmermanAFBF, Beef, EPA, Government, NCBA, NPPC

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy’s promise that under the proposed rules defining Waters of the United States (WOTUS) under the Clean Water Act (CWA) “all normal farming practices are exempt – period” may be falling on deaf ears in the agriculture community. McCarthy is visiting Missouri this week to explain the proposed rules but she faces an uphill battle from the … Read More

EPA Chief to Explain Water Rule in Missouri

Cindy ZimmermanAFBF, Audio, environment, EPA, Government, Livestock, NCBA

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy will travel to Missouri this week to defend and explain the Administration’s proposed rules defining Waters of the United States (WOTUS) under the Clean Water Act (CWA). “I’m hoping that this trip helps us ‘ditch the myths’ and misinformation,” said McCarthy during a media call this morning in an obvious reference to the American … Read More

Guidance Hindering Water Conservation on Farms

Jamie JohansenAg Group, Cattle, Conservation, Dairy, EPA, National Milk, NRCS

The National Milk Producers Federation asked the EPA to withdraw recent guidance concerning when farmers must seek Clean Water Act permits for a long list of normal farming activities near wetlands. NMPF, said the EPA’s proposal could have the perverse effect of discouraging water conservation, by changing the long-standing relationship between farmers and the Agriculture Department’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. … Read More