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 …


NCBA Tracking Sackett v. EPA Case

Dan Cattle, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), USDA-EPA

The Supreme Court has been hearing oral arguments in the Sackett v. EPA case. This case considers the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) regulatory authority under the Clean Water Act and will directly impact the Biden administration’s ongoing “Waters of the U.S.” (WOTUS) rulemaking. This is the fourth time the court has considered the definition of WOTUS, and 6 of the 9 justices …

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EPA Regional Administrator Visits Urban Agriculture Sites in Metro Atlanta


Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4 Administrator Daniel Blackman visited two urban agriculture sites, Metro-Atlanta Urban Farm and an urban backyard farm created by the youngest organic farmer of Georgia. This visit highlighted the importance of urban agriculture’s role with the environment and community and showcased successful impact and outreach at all levels. “The contributions of community leaders …


Battle over Atrazine Continues

Dan Corn, Environment, Field Crops, Pest/Pest Control, USDA-EPA

Late last month, the Environmental Protection Agency reopened the finalized reregistration of atrazine. The EPA proposes an extremely low ecological level of concern value for atrazine of just 3.4 parts per billion, down from the scientifically proven 15 parts per billion, according to Gary Marshall, Triazine Network Co-Chair and retired Missouri Corn Growers Association CEO. “In 2019, the EPA agreed …


Proposed Changes on Using Atrazine

Dan Environment, USDA-EPA

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released proposed changes to the agency’s September 2020 atrazine interim decision. The Scoop says the proposal includes five changes to atrazine labels to lower runoff from farm fields. The agency wants to prohibit application when soils are saturated or above field capacity. The proposal would also prohibit application within 48 hours of a forecasted rain …

animal agriculture

Cattle, Water Industry Reps Gives Insights During First WOTUS Roundtable

Dan Cattle, Legislative, USDA-EPA, Water, WOTUS Act

WOTUS is in the spotlight once again. Cattle producers representing several states voiced their concerns with the Environmental Protection Agency’s and Army Corps of Engineers’ ongoing Waters of the U.S. rulemaking attempt at a roundtable organized by the Kansas Livestock Association. “Very important to our members are clarity with jurisdictional rules. We supported the navigable waters protection rule in particular …


American Farmers are Dropping Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Dan Climate Change, Environment, Greenhouse Gas, USDA-EPA

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), American agriculture’s greenhouse gas emissions fell over four percent from 2019 to 2020. The recent Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks shows ag represents only 10 percent of total U.S. emissions, much lower than other economic sectors. Farm Bureau economists analyzed the EPA data and found that total agricultural emissions in …


EPA Sending Biofuel Blending Mandates to White House This Week

Dan Biofuels/Energy, Legislative, Regulation, USDA-EPA

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is expected to send the long-awaited 2020-2022 biofuel blending mandates to the White House early this week. Two sources familiar with the matter told Reuters the White House would then be working through a final review of the numbers. The EPA released a proposed rule in December, but it’s not known whether the mandates sent …


EPA Announces Plan to Protect Endangered Species and Support Sustainable Agriculture


The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) this week released its first-ever comprehensive work plan to address the challenge of protecting endangered species from pesticides. The plan establishes four overall strategies and dozens of actions to adopt protections while providing farmers, public health authorities, and others with access to pesticides. EPA has an opportunity and an obligation to improve how it meets …