Senate Reauthorizes Pesticide Registration Improvement Act

Dan Environment, Industry News Release

The Senate Ag Committee and its leadership, including Chair Pat Roberts and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, announced that the Senate passed the Pesticide Registration Improvement Act. In the announcement, the Senators said, “The unanimous Senate passage of the bipartisan PRIA legislation provides certainty to farmers, consumers, and many other stakeholders. We’re urging our colleagues in the House to pass the …

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Lake Okeechobee Brouhaha Heats Up

Dan Environment, Florida, Water

by Gary Cooper The series of public meetings about Lake Okeechobee water levels and related issues continue this week in South Florida, hosted by the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers. According to last-minute media announcements this morning, Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL 18th District), is expected to attend the first of two public meetings today at 1:00 p.m. at Indian …


NRCS Chief Promotes EQIP and CSP

Dan Environment, USDA-NRCS

While Matt Lohr has only been on the job a few weeks as Chief of the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), he is very familiar with the programs NRCS offers. And he looks at two of those, the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) and the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), which many call their flagship program.


Celebration High School Wins Envirothon

Dan Education, Environment

Students from Celebration High School in Osceola County have placed first for the third year-in-a-row in the annual Orange, Osceola, and Seminole Regional Envirothon competition held February 7, 2019 at Harry P. Leu Gardens in Orlando. The 5-member winning team was made up of seniors Julian Landin, Matthew Eynan, Andrew Hiesinger, Spencer Schmidt, and Mason Theurer. Envirothon is a hands-on, …


DeSantis, Senators Seek Everglades Money

Dan Environment, Florida, Industry News Release, Water

Gov. Ron DeSantis has joined U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and U.S. Sen. Rick Scott in urging President Donald Trump to include $200 million a year in the federal budget for the Everglades. In a letter released this week, the three Florida Republican leaders requested a commitment for construction funding. “The federal-state partnership to restore the Everglades is critical to protecting …


EPA Acting Administrator Wheeler Promotes President Trump’s State of the Union Address In GA

Dan Environment, Georgia, Industry News Release, Water

Administrator Wheeler met with members of GA and SC Farm Bureaus, as well as local and state officials to discuss WOTUS and our new nutrient reduction policy U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler visited Georgia to promote President Trump’s successful State of the Union address. While meeting with local and state officials at McCorkle Nursery in Dearing, Georgia, Acting …


Farm Bureau to USDA: New Regulations Must Protect Both Farmland and Wetland

Dan Environment, Industry News Release, Legislative, Regulation

As the Agriculture Department moves forward with Highly Erodible Land and Wetland Conservation regulations, the department must ensure its new Interim Rule balances the benefits for both farmland and wetland, as Congress intended, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation. As it was written, the Interim Rule makes program participation much more difficult and fails to give famers the opportunity …


Glades Residents, Businesses, Rise Up Against Water Issues Misinformation

Dan Environment, Water

by Gary Cooper With reference to the growing brouhaha, and continuing conflicting and heated rhetoric and misinformation swirling about south Florida algae and other related Lake Okeechobee water issues, the following letter was sent today to Congressman Brian Mast (R-FL 18th District). Mast has been extremely vocal and incendiary in his rhetoric and stated opinions on these issues, and is …


USDA Seeking Public Input on Wetland Determination Guidance

Dan Environment, Industry News Release, USDA-NRCS

Public comment period for wetland conservation compliance rule open through February 5 Farmers are reminded that updated guidelines for wetland determinations are posted and available for public input. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) wants to remind the public that the 60-day comment period for the updated guidance is open through February 5. This opportunity to comment is not impacted …


Next Steps Eyed in Fight Against Water Woes

Dan Environment, Florida, Industry News Release, Water

Local governments have spent $17.3 million the state provided to combat outbreaks of red tide and toxic blue-green algae, which have caused massive fish kills and fouled waters in coastal areas for more than a year. And as red tide lingers in some Southwest Florida areas, and just $1.7 million of $19 million in state funding remains unspent by the …