Biden Trade Policy Becoming Clearer

It looks like the agriculture industry is starting to see pieces of the Biden Administration’s trade and foreign policy agenda. During his first speech this week as Secretary of State, Tony Blinken said U.S. trade and foreign policy are inseparable from domestic policy, and the Biden team will pursue them that way, putting labor protections […]

Vilsack Rumored as Top Choice for Ag Secretary

Politico is reporting that Tom Vilsack may be Joe Biden’s number one choice for Secretary of Agriculture. However, the article also says the final decision isn’t made yet. Vilsack was the Ag secretary for eight years when Barack Obama held the Oval Office and Biden was his vice president. Vilsack is the current CEO of […]

FCC Chair Pai to Step Down January 20

Federal Communications Commission Chair Ajit Pai will step down January 20, the day President-elect Joe Biden will be sworn in. Pai was appointed to the commission in 2012 by President Barack Obama, and made chairman by President Donald Trump in 2017. Pai used his time at the FCC focusing on rural broadband issues, among other […]

AFBF: WOTUS Repeal Great News For Agriculture

On Thursday, the Trump Administration officially repealed the 2015 Waters of the U.S. rule, which the American Farm Bureau Federation said represents a big win for farmers and ranchers.   “This is a huge win for Farm Bureau,” said AFBF senior director of regulatory relations, Don Parrish.  “Its one that has taken almost three years […]

Federal Court Sends Water Rule Back to EPA

A federal court in Georgia says the 2015 Waters of the United States rule is unlawful under the Clean Water Act, due to its “vast expansion of jurisdiction over water and lands that typically fall within states’ regulatory authority.”  The federal court for the Southern District of Georgia found that the agency overstepped both the […]

Senators Introduce Legislation to Redefine WOTUS

Senators Joni Ernst of Iowa and Mike Braun of Indiana introduced the Define WOTUS Act last week.  The legislation will codify a definition of the Waters of the U.S. Rule and reassert Congressional authority to define the term.   Ernst says the Obama-era rule threatened Iowa’s farmers, manufacturers, and small businesses by giving the federal […]

OCA Successfully Stops Implementation of WOTUS In Oregon

Count Oregon as one of the states where WOTUS will not be enforced.   Last month, a U.S. District Judge delayed implementation of the Waters of the U.S. Rule, because it could “irreparably harm” farmers and ranchers.  Back in April, the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association sued the EPA, saying WOTUS too broadly defined the types of […]