USDA Offers Assistance to Protect Privately-Owned Wetlands, Agricultural Lands and Grasslands

Dan Environment, Industry News Release

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) encourages people and groups wanting to protect critical wetlands, agricultural lands and grasslands to consider enrolling their property into conservation easements. This year, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) plans to invest $250 million in technical and financial assistance to help private landowners, tribes, land trusts and other groups protect these valuable lands. The Agricultural …


CERCLA Reporting Deadline for Livestock Producers is Wednesday

Dan Cattle, Environment, Industry News Release, Livestock

Back in 2008, the Environmental Protection Agency published a final rule that exempted most farms from certain release reporting requirements in The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, or CERCLA. Specifically, the rule exempted farms releasing hazardous substances from animal waste to the air above threshold levels from reporting under the Act. In short, all farms were relieved from …

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World Wildlife Fund UK: Meat Production is Killing the Planet

Dan Cattle, Industry News Release, Livestock

A study by the World Wildlife Fund UK claims the land required to feed food-producing animals is destroying the earth’s biodiversity. The World Wildlife Fund UK recently released its report, “Appetite for Destruction,” which claims that the United Kingdom’s food supply alone is linked to 33 species extinctions. However, as meat industry publication Meatingplace points out, contradicting the report is …


EPA Mulling Options on Dicamba

Dan Environment, Industry News Release

The Environmental Protection Agency aims to allow farmers to use dicamba next year, but with additional rules in place. An EPA official in the agency’s Office of Pesticide Programs told Reuters this week the agency had not yet determined what steps it would take to mitigate problems associated with dicamba. The herbicide was linked to widespread crop damage this summer. …

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Senator Seeks Money for Springs, St. Johns River

Dan Environment, Florida, Industry News Release

The chairman of the Senate Environmental Preservation and Conservation Committee filed a proposal this week that would funnel tens of millions of dollars to protecting natural springs and restoring the St. Johns River. Sen. Rob Bradley, R-Fleming Island, filed the proposal (SB 204) for consideration during the 2018 legislative session, which starts in January. Under the proposal, the state would …


Monsanto Addresses Dicamba Issues in Open Letter

Dan Environment, Industry News Release

In an open letter to customers, Monsanto says the company is committed to supporting farmers at every stage of the growing season. Monsanto, the maker of the Roundup Ready 2 Xtend crop system that includes the dicamba herbicide formulation XtendiMax, responded in the letter to complaints of dicamba drift injury to non-tolerant crops. Monsanto says that many farmers are “experiencing …


Groups Applaud EPA Proposed Rule To Repeal WOTUS

Dan Industry News Release, Water

American Farm Bureau Federation The following statement may be attributed to Zippy Duvall, president, American Farm Bureau Federation: “Farmers and ranchers across this country are cheering EPA’s proposal to ditch its flawed Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule. We know the importance of clean water, and farmers and ranchers work hard to protect our natural resources every day. “But this …


Environmental Budget Talks Falter

Dan Environment, Florida, Industry News Release

by Brandon Larrabee, News Service of Florida Negotiations between the House and Senate about funding for environmental and water programs imploded Saturday, as talks over a new state budget moved up the ladder ahead of a Tuesday deadline. A visibly irritated Sen. Rob Bradley, R-Fleming Island, announced Saturday that he would ask for all of the issues that once separated …