Bronaugh: I Will Speak Up When It Comes To WOTUS

USDA will have inputs in federal efforts that affect agricultural producers. “When you’re talking about issues like Waters Of The US [WOTUS] we want to make sure at all times when decisions are made by partnering agencies that could adversely affect our farmers and ranchers that we want to be at the table and we […]

EPA Announces Intent to Revise Definition of WOTUS

The EPA plans to repeal and rewrite the definition of water of the United States, or WOTUS. The EPA announced Wednesday it will repeal the Trump-era Navigable Waters Protection Rule, which replaced the Obama-era Waters of the U.S. rule. EPA Administrator Michael Regan states, “the EPA and Department of the Army have determined that this […]

Groups Ask Court to Vacate Trump Water Rule

Environmental groups have asked a federal court to vacate the Navigable Waters Protection Act enacted during the Trump Administration. The motion for a summary judgment comes as the Biden administration continues to review the existing water rule. DTN says the South Carolina Coastal Conservation League filed the motion in a South Carolina U.S. District Court. […]

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 […]

Bentz: Natural Resources Appointment Good For Northwest Ag

Eastern Oregon’s Cliff Bentz has been named the Ranking Member on the House’s Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water, Oceans, and Wildlife for the upcoming Congress. The freshman representative says this appointment is beneficial for both the Beaver State and the Northwest. “It gives me the opportunity to offer amendments that would either fix a problem […]

Scott: Farmers Need To Be Able To Farm

Many in the farming community say, yes, America has plenty of food to feed its hungry, but producing it isn’t cheap. And as producer margins narrow, farm leaders worry the cost of production could become too much for many small operators to bear. During a House Ag hearing on food insecurity last week, Georgia Representative […]

Farm Futures: Why Farmers Feel Threatened by Biden Administration

According to a recent Farm Futures survey, farmers feel threatened by potential policy objectives under the Biden administration. The survey shows nearly nine out of ten farmers believe taxes will go up under the current administration. Another 71% believe WOTUS will be overturned. Only 22% believe markets will stabilize with a new trade strategy. And […]

What Impact Will Climate Priorities In D.C. Have On The American Farmer?

With the U.S. rejoining the Paris Climate accord, talk of a return to WOTUS and much more in Washington D.C., many in farm country are concerned what long-term impacts the climate priorities of the Biden Administration will have on the agriculture community. During a recent roundtable discussion, Jay Truitt, of Policy Solutions LLC, as well […]

AFBF Calling On Biden Administration To Be Clear About WOTUS

An American Farm Bureau official says whatever the Biden EPA decides to do with Trump Waters of the U.S. or WOTUS reforms, clarity should be key, especially in a pandemic. The AFBF’s Don Parrish said a return to the Obama 2015 water rule with its complicated definitions and sweeping regulatory reach, won’t help farmers or […]

Grassley Concerned Biden Administration May Resurrect WOTUS

The Biden camp is starting to formulate its environmental plan, including moves to combat global warming and most likely to reverse changes made by the Trump Administration. In their 300-page “Climate 21 Project” blueprint, former Obama officials propose dozens of greenhouse gas-reducing ideas, including a USDA CCC “carbon bank” to pay farmers and foresters to […]