NACD expresses concerns with WOTUS rule

The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) has joined the long list of organizations asking the EPA to withdraw its proposed “Waters of the U.S.” rule. In comments filed with the EPA, NACD says the proposed rule would “substantially expand” Clean Water Act jurisdiction, granting EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers “broad authority and… Read more »

NCBA files WOTUS comments with EPA

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) has filed its official comments on the proposed “waters of the U.S.” rule, calling on the EPA to withdraw the rule and start over. “There are so many issues, both substantively and procedurally, that the agency must withdraw the rule and start the process over,” says Ashley McDonald (pictured),… Read more »

Some progress in TPP negotiations

Officials report some progress was made in recent negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement.  But they say there are still significant areas of disagreement, including the United States’ insistence that Japan lower its barriers to agricultural imports. Following a recent TPP negotiating session in Australia, Japan’s economic minister said that while there is “no prospect… Read more »

Vilsack: No COOL appeal until 2015

Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says if the U.S. appeals the recent WTO ruling on Country of Origin Labeling, it won’t be filed until after the first of the year. The U.S. Trade Representative’s office is in the process of considering an appeal. Meanwhile, Vilsack says the USDA will try to find a compromise for COOL…. Read more »

Harvest remains behind in Ohio

As of Sunday, October 26, corn harvest in Ohio was 36 percent complete, eight points behind the 5-year average pace of 44 percent. 72 percent of the corn crop is in fair-to-good condition. Soybean harvest has reached 50 percent, well behind the 5-year average of 73 percent. 78 percent of the Ohio soybean crop is… Read more »

Big jumps in harvest progress

Dry weather much of last week allowed for significant harvest progress in Indiana.  According to the latest Crop and Weather report, 44 percent of Indiana’s corn has been harvested.  That’s a 13% bump from a week prior.  Crop conditions are still holding steady as 78 percent is rated good to excellent.  Soybean harvest also advanced… Read more »

Wisconsin farm bill meetings

University of Wisconsin-Extension and the Wisconsin Farm Service Agency are conduction informational meetings around the state to help farmers learn about the new farm bill programs.  Producers can learn about the Margin Protection Program (MPP) for dairy farmers and the Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs which replace the old ACRE… Read more »

USDA funds rural water system improvements

The USDA is providing more than $350 million in loans and grants for rural water and wastewater system upgrades to help ensure access to clean water. U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the initiative today (Thursday) at a speech in Anchorage, Alaska.  In making the announcement, Vilsack said the projects are critical to address the… Read more »

Pence joins Governors in opposition of WOTUS

Indiana Governor Mike Pence joined eleven other governors in voicing opposition to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposal to redefine “Waters of the United States” in the Clean Water Act. In a statement released Thursday, the Governor said, “Congress did not intend for the Clean Water Act to apply to every instance where a drop… Read more »

FDA settlement on additives issue

The Food and Drug Administration has agreed to finalize its rule on food additives it deems “Generally Regarded as Safe” (Also known as GRAS). The rule was proposed 17 years ago but last year, the Center for Food Safety sued the FDA accusing the agency of allowing companies to sell products that had not been… Read more »