EPA Seeking Comments on Updated Plant Biostimulants Guidance

The Environmental Protection Agency is accepting comments on an updated Draft Guidance for Plant Regulators and Claims, Including Plant Biostimulants. Plant biostimulants are a relatively new but growing category of products, according to the EPA. Their increasing popularity arises from their ability to enhance agricultural productivity through stimulation of natural plant processes using substances and […]

EPA Encourages Americans to Avoid Food Waste Over the Holidays

Fresh off Thanksgiving many fridges remain stuffed with leftovers, the Environmental Protection Agency wants consumers to consider the environment when it comes to food waste. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler says more than 70 billion pounds of food waste ends up in American landfills every year, contributing to methane emissions and wasting food supply chain resources. […]

Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, EPA Sign MOU

The dairy-checkoff funded Innovation Center announced it signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the EPA. The center said the MOU will open doors for increased collaboration in areas of mutual interest and allow the agency to gain a deeper understanding and support for U.S. dairy farmers. It will also help the EPA understand the broader […]

American Trust in Farmers Remains Strong

According to a new American Farm Bureau poll, a majority of adults in the U.S. view farmers’ sustainability practices positively, and an overwhelming majority of them trust farmers. The poll found that 58% of the respondents are positive about the sustainability practices of America’s farmers, and that agreement comes from a majority of adults across […]

USDA Releases 2019 Pesticide Data Report

The USDA published it’s 2019 Pesticide Data Program’s Annual Summary. The report shows that nearly 99% of the tested samples had pesticide residues below benchmark levels established by the EPA. The two agencies work together every year to identify which foods get tested on a rotating basis. The Agricultural Marketing Service, AMS, works with state […]

Roundtable Focuses On Legal Battles Between Washington Dairies & EPA

Last week, Central Washington Representative Dan Newhouse hosted the Western Caucus foundation roundtable. The Fall Policy Roundtable: “When Agencies Weaponize Fake Science”, highlighted the ongoing struggles Northwest dairies face because of a controversial 2012 EPA report that looked at the role Yakima Valley dairies played in nitrate levels in local groundwater. A host of agricultural […]

Wheeler Calls on DOJ to Investigate Environmental Organizations Funding

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler wants the Department of Justice to investigate funding for environmental groups. In a letter to the Justice Department, Wheeler cited concerns the groups were receiving secret funding from foreign countries, specifically China and Russia. The action follows a previous letter by Representative Lance Gooden, a Texas Republican. Gooden requested the investigation […]

Trump Announces Subcabinet to Modernize Water Resource Management

This week, President Trump signed an executive order seeking to modernize water management and infrastructure. The order creates a Water Policy Committee that the White House calls the Water Subcabinet. The subcabinet will be co-chaired by the Secretary of the Interior and the Environmental Protection Agency Administrator. The committee also includes the Secretaries of Agriculture, […]

WSDA Receives Grant Funds To Address Water Toxins

Earlier this week, the Washington state Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Assessment Section was awarded funding to monitor the Columbia River Basin watershed. The $200,000 from the EPA is part of $2 million distributed nationally to help reduce and assess toxins impacting the water quality. The EPA grant funds an NRAS Pesticide Stewardship Partnership (PSP) […]

Newhouse Throws Support Behind WIFIA Improvement Act

On Tuesday, Representative Dan Newhouse announced he was joining a bipartisan group of lawmakers looking to amend the 2014 WIFIA Act. The group said House Resolution 8217 would improve the six year old Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act, allowing public water projects to be eligible for low interest, longer-term federal loans from the EPA. […]