Missouri AG thinks all states may see effects of WOTUS ruling

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Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster says he believes the EPA might not enforce the federal Clean Water Rule in all 50 states, but, following a 13-state injunction, he does expect the EPA to fight the decision. Koster says that whether the judge’s ruling effectively blocking Friday’s implementation of the rule is valid in only the… Read more »

Hurst on WOTUS injunction

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Missouri Farm Bureau President Blake Hurst says he’s pleased Missouri farmers won’t have to comply with the EPA’s Waters of the US rule which goes into effect today because of the injunction granted in North Dakota. BUT, he’s disappointed the EPA has decided not to apply the injunction to all 50 states. Hurst says, “So,… Read more »

N.D. judge issues injunction on water rule

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A federal judge in North Dakota has issued a preliminary injunction against the EPA’s Clean Water Rule, temporarily blocking its implementation. The rule, commonly known as Waters of the U.S., was scheduled to take effect Friday. According to Bismark (ND) Tribune, U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson said it appears the EPA and the Army Corps… Read more »

State Ag Departments ask for voluntary delay of WOTUS

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The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia confirmed to Brownfield Ag News that it has denied a request to block Friday’s implementation the federal Clean Water Rule, commonly known as Waters of the U.S.  The request for the injunction was brought by Murray Energy.  The matter is still under consideration by… Read more »

Monsanto abandons Syngenta takeover bid

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Monsanto announced today it is dropping its bid to acquire Syngenta after Syngenta rebuffed Monsanto’s latest offer. In a news release, Monsanto confirmed that its latest proposal, which was made last week and said to be worth 47 billion dollars, was rejected by Syngenta. As a result, Monsanto said, it is “no longer pursuing the… Read more »

Monsanto drops bid for Syngenta

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Monsanto has dropped its $46 billion bid for Syngenta. In a news release, Monsanto says that while they believe the proposal would provide value for shareholders of both companies, Monsanto instead will continue to focus on its core business. The company also confirmed they will resume the implementation of its approved share repurchase program as soon… Read more »

Ag economist says volatility to continue

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An ag economist says whether it’s bigger crops than expected or things happening in Asia – market volatility is here to stay as harvest approaches. “A lot of folks are forecasting very modest growth, up about 1 and a half metric tons of soybean imports in to China. You know, that pales in comparison when… Read more »

Blunt says appropriations measure could stop WOTUS

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U.S. Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri says implementation of what’s known as the Waters of the U.S. rule should be halted.  Blunt says that if the Obama Administration wants to change the constitutional definition of navigable waters – those proposed to come under federal regulatory jurisdiction – it should change the law.  The senator says… Read more »

U.S. cattle on feed up 3%

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The USDA’s cattle on feed report points to continued slow re-expansion of the U.S. herd. Even with the growth in the herd, producers are still holding back calves, keeping placements historically low, which will keep market ready numbers tight in late fall 2015 and early spring 2016. Most of those placements were older, heavier weight… Read more »

July pork production new all-time high

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  The USDA reports domestic pork production during July was a new monthly record. The average weight for hogs was a little lighter than last year, but market ready numbers have been larger than expected. Pork came out at 1.973 billion pounds, up 10% on the year, with the slaughter 11% higher at 9.401 million… Read more »