House Panel Hears Testimony on WOTUS

Cindy Zimmerman

Representatives of agricultural organizations unanimously condemned the proposed Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule during a hearing held Tuesday by the House Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry. American Farm Bureau Federation General Counsel Ellen Steen told the panel that “unless dramatically altered,” the rule will create enormous uncertainty and vulnerability for farmers and ranchers nationwide. “It is impossible to …

AFBF, Audio, Cotton, EPA, Government, NCBA

Ag Secretary and EPA Chief at NFU

Cindy Zimmerman

The heads of both the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Environmental Protection Agency spoke to the National Farmers Union (NFU) convention in Wichita Monday. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced $97 million in programs to support the continued development of farmers markets, farm to school efforts and rural economies and will also expand risk management tools for specialty crops and …

Audio, EPA, NFU, USDA

WOTUS Interpretive Rule Withdrawn

Cindy Zimmerman

The Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have at least ditched part of the WOTUS rule. The Interpretive Rule Regarding the Applicability of Clean Water Act Section related to the proposed Waters of the United States (WOTUS) was officially withdrawn by EPA and the Corps in a memo last Thursday, January 29. Congress requested asked for …

Corn, Dairy, EPA, NCGA, NMPF, USDA, Water

Soybean, Biodiesel Groups Blast Biodiesel Import Decision

John Davis

Soybean growers and their close allies in the biodiesel industry in this country are blasting the U.S government’s decision to allow Argentinian biodiesel easier access to American markets. The American Soybean Association (ASA) and the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) say the decision by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to ease sustainability requirements of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) to fast-track …

Ag Group, Agribusiness, ASA, Biodiesel, EPA, Government, Soybean

Corn and Soybean Groups React to EPA Decision

Cindy Zimmerman

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced they will not be finalizing the 2014 applicable percentage of standards under the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) until next year. They also announced that the compliance deadline for 2013 RFS standards will also take place in 2015. Both corn and soybean groups reacted to the announcement, which impacts ethanol and biodiesel production …

ASA, Biodiesel, Biofuels, Corn, EPA, Ethanol, Government, Soybean

Young Farmers & Ranchers to EPA: ‘Ditch the Rule!”

John Davis

Producers who will be the future of agriculture are telling the federal government to keep an unpopular water rule from having a future of its own. This news release from Farm Bureau says the group’s Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee wants the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers to ditch the proposed Waters of the U.S. …

AFBF, Ag Group, Environment, EPA, Farm Bureau, Government

Ag Groups Urge President to Reject Biofuels Cuts

Cindy Zimmerman

The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) and several other agricultural sent a letter to President Obama last week asking him to intervene with the Environmental Protection Agency regarding its proposed cuts in the 2014 volume obligations for the Renewable Fuel Standard. “The blending targets and the methodology in your administration’s proposed rule are already causing significant harm to the biofuel …

AFBF, Ag Group, ARA, Corn, EPA, Ethanol, Government, NCGA

EPA Findings on Neonicotinoid Seed Treatments

Jamie Johansen

The EPA released an analysis of the benefits of neonicotinoid seed treatments for insect control in soybeans. Neonicotinoid pesticides are a class of insecticides widely used on U.S. crops that EPA is reviewing with particular emphasis for their impact on pollinators. The analysis concluded that there is little or no increase in soybean yields using most neonicotinoid seed treatments when …

Ag Group, EPA, Seed, Soybean