Learn About GMOs with the FDA

Dan Education, Genetically Modified, This Land of Ours, USDA, USDA-EPA, USDA-FDA

There’s a new resource to help consumers learn more about GMOs. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. Feed Your Mind is an Agricultural Biotechnology Education and Outreach Initiative that was first launched in March 2020 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency …


EPA to Recommend Delaying Electric Vehicles Biofuel Program

Dan Agri-Business, Biofuels/Energy, This Land of Ours, USDA-EPA

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends a delay in an electric vehicle program. That’s coming up on this land of ours. The Environmental Protection Agency will recommend delaying a program that would allow electric vehicle manufacturers to access tradable credits under the Renewable Fuel Standard. Two sources told Reuters that the White House will review the EPA’s final rule. The …


NPPC Leads Effort to Overturn EPA’s New Proposal on Rodenticides

Dan Environment, National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), Pork, USDA-EPA

EPA announced a proposal to overturn decades-long policies regulating farmers’ and ranchers’ use of rodenticides. The proposed changes would enhance current restrictions, create new certifications and trainings, add more requirements to labels, reclassify some products to restricted use pesticides and, if not the most important aspect, presents a major biosecurity risk to farms. A challenging, time-consuming and expensive proposal for …


EPA Proposes Changes to Agricultural Worker Protection Standard

Dan Agri-Business, Environment, Pest/Pest Control, USDA-EPA

There could soon be changes to certain agricultural pesticide use rules, as the Biden administration seeks to change some adjustments made in 2020. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a proposed rule that would change the pesticide Application Exclusion Zone (AEZ) requirements under the 2015 Agricultural Worker Protection Standard (WPS).   In 2015, EPA made significant changes to the …


EPA Posts Revised WOTUS to Federal Register

Dan Legislative, USDA-EPA, Water, WOTUS Act

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers published the revised Waters of the U.S. rule (WOTUS) in the Federal Register Wednesday. The publication means the revised rule will go into effect on March 20, 2023. EPA and the Army Corps announced the rule at the end of 2022, which will replace the Navigable Waters Protection Rule. At …

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Ag Reacts to EPA, Army WOTUS Rule

Dan American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), Irrigation, Legislative, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), USDA-EPA, Water, Wetland, WOTUS Act

NCBA Statement On New WOTUS Rule (NCBA/WASHINGTON/December 30, 2022) — The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) issued the following statement on the Biden administration’s finalized Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule. “For too long, farmers and ranchers have dealt with the whiplash of shifting WOTUS definitions. Today, the Biden administration sought to finalize a WOTUS definition that will protect both …


EPA and Army Finalize Rule Establishing Definition of WOTUS

Dan Irrigation, Legislative, USDA-EPA, Water, Wetland, WOTUS Act

In an issue of contention across the ag industry, and on the opposite side, environmental groups alike, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers have announced a final rule establishing a durable definition of “waters of the United States” (WOTUS). In a news release, the EPA and Army state that it will reduce uncertainty from changing regulatory …


EPA: New Biofuel Mandates Will Boost GHG in Short Term

Dan Biofuels/Energy, This Land of Ours, USDA-EPA

A new EPA mandate will increase greenhouse gas emissions, but they say it’s only temporary. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. The Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed changes to the nation’s biofuel blending mandates through 2025 will cause a short-term increase in greenhouse gas emissions. However, agency documents also say the changes will yield long-term reductions. The new proposal …


Farmers, Ag Organizations Against EPA Proposal

Dan Agri-Business, Environment, Field Crops, Regulation, Specialty Crops, Sugar, USDA-EPA, Vegetables

More than 16,000 farmers and agricultural organizations recently united against EPA’s proposed revision to its 2020 atrazine registration review decision. The farmers and agricultural organizations representing corn, citrus, grain sorghum, sugar cane, and other crops, submitted comments calling for the agency to base decisions on credible scientific evidence. Efforts to help farmers speak out against the proposal were coordinated by …