EPA Settle With Eight Central Washington Cold Storage Facilities

Late last week, the EPA announced it had reached settlements with several Yakima Valley cold storage facilities. The settlements come from alleged civil chemical accident prevention and preparedness violations with three separate companies operating eight cold storage facilities. Under the agreement, Stadelman Fruit LLC has agreed to pay $238,875 for violations at: 1st Avenue, Zillah Cheyne Road, Zillah […]

Court Ruling Keeps Navigable Waters, For Now

A federal court in South Carolina recently dismissed a challenge to the Navigable Waters Protection Rule, which was crafted to replace the Obama era WOTUS rule. The American Farm Bureau Federation said that court decision gives producers some regulatory certainty, until the Biden EPA finalizes their new rule, a process that could take months. Until […]

White House Task Force to Examine Supply Chain Disruptions

On Tuesday, the White House announced a task force focused on short-term supply chain disruptions. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack was named co-chair of the task force, along with the Secretaries of Commerce and Transportation. The Department of Agriculture said the task force will convene stakeholders to diagnose problems and find solutions that could help alleviate […]

EPA Opens Application Period for Grants Dedicated to Sustainable Pest Control

The EPA is accepting applications for a $1 million grant initiative through the Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program. According to the EPA, the program encourages smart, sensible, and sustainable pest control in agriculture. Through the grants, EPA will support projects that explore innovative practices, technologies, education, and non-regulatory solutions that adopt integrated pest management strategies. While […]

EPA Will Keep Biofuel Mandates Steady in 2021-2022

Three sources familiar with the matter told Reuters that the EPA’s biofuel blending mandates for this year and next will be in line with those from 2020. The agency is said to be accounting for weaker fuel demand since the onset of COVID-19. That would mean the U.S. refining industry would avoid added costs normally […]

Vilsack: Ag Community Wants To Help Address Climate Change

When it comes to the role the agriculture community has in climate change, Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack said he has been pleasantly surprised. “I was very pleased with the level of support and interest that the farm community has for ways in which they can be engaged in this effort to reduce emissions and to […]

Ag Groups Urge Administration to Appeal Chlorpyrifos Court Decision

A coalition of agriculture groups urge the Biden administration to appeal a circuit court decision related to chlorpyrifos. The court ruling requires the EPA to either write a new rule to allow for the safe use of chlorpyrifos or halt all food residue tolerances of the insecticide, which would effectively ban its use. The Ag […]

California Court Rules on Chlorpyrifos

A federal court in California gave the Environmental Protection Agency two choices on chlorpyrifos. The agency has 60 days to write a new rule to allow for the safe use of the insecticide, or it can halt all food residue tolerances of chlorpyrifos, which would basically ban most uses of the product. The Ninth Circuit […]

AFBF Highlights Environmental Successes On Earth Day

The newest Annual Greenhouse Gas Inventory Report from the EPA offers a sector by sector look at emissions. And as Earth Day is marked, American Farm Bureau Federation Economist Shelby Myers says the report includes good news for agriculture. “They just finalized their newest report. And for agriculture, we stayed relatively neutral compared to last […]

Regan: EPA Won’t Return to Obama-era WOTUS Definitions

EPA Administrator Michael Regan told lawmakers Wednesday the agency would not go back to the Obama-era definitions of Waters of the U.S. Regan made the comments as part of the 2022 Budget Request for EPA during a House Appropriations Subcommittee hearing. Regan told lawmakers, “We don’t have any intention of going back to the original […]