NCBA Concerned with District Court Decision to Let Harmful WOTUS Rule Stand

Dan Beef, Cattle, Dairy, Environment, Irrigation, Legislative, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), Water, WOTUS Act

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) expressed strong disappointment this week in a decision by the U.S. District Court in the Southern District of Texas to deny a nationwide preliminary injunction that would have halted the Biden administration’s harmful Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule from taking effect. “This latest WOTUS rule will place more burdens on family farms and ranches, …


Gregory as Director of the Office of Florida Agricultural Water Policy

Dan Conservation, Environment, Florida, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS), Irrigation, Legislative, Regulation, Water, Wetland, WOTUS Act

(FDACS/TALLAHASSEE, FL/Jan. 18, 2022) — Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Wilton Simpson announced the appointment of West Gregory as the Director of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ (FDACS) Office of Agricultural Water Policy. “I’m honored to appoint West Gregory to lead our Office of Agricultural Water Policy. West Gregory has the unique experience and skillset – having worked …


DeSantis Outlines Second-Term Environmental Plans

Dan Agri-Business, Conservation, Environment, Florida, Funding, Irrigation, Legislative, Water, Wetland

(NSF/TALLAHASSEE, FL/Jan. 10, 2023) — Gov. Ron DeSantis announced plans Tuesday to spend $3.5 billion in his second term on environmental projects such as restoring the Everglades and addressing water-quality problems. “This may be a bigger, more comprehensive executive order than we did four years ago. But I think that’s the right thing to do,” DeSantis, who was re-elected in …

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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 …


Court Urged to Hear Apalachicola Water Fight

Dan Florida, Irrigation, Water

(NSF/TALLAHASSEE, FL/December 20, 2022) — In the latest round of battles about the Apalachicola River, environmental groups are asking a federal appeals court to hear arguments in a challenge to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers decisions that affect water flowing into the Northwest Florida river. The National Wildlife Federation, the Florida Wildlife Federation and the Apalachicola Bay and River Keeper …

Emergency Watershed Protection

Florida NRCS Helping Communities through EWP

Dan Conservation, Economy, Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) program, Environment, Irrigation, USDA-NRCS, Water

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Florida wants to pass along information about the Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) program. After a natural disaster like Hurricane Ian, through EWP NRCS offers help to alleviate hazards to life and property. Florida NRCS State Conservationist, Juan C. Hernandez, explains who this program is designed for. Public and private landowners are eligible for assistance, but must …


Florida Attorney/Farmer Shares Thoughts on WOTUS

Dan Florida, Irrigation, Legislative, Water, WOTUS Act

We continue our series on the Southeast Region WOTUS Roundtable, which was hosted by the North Carolina Farm Bureau. Kate English, who is a farmer and an attorney who is also a part of the Florida Farm Bureau, was one of the speakers.  She said states like Florida already have similar water regulations. “In many instances, Clean Water Act regulations …


Discussion on Water Regulations at Southeast WOTUS Roundtable

Dan Irrigation, Legislative, Water, WOTUS Act

We continue our coverage of the Southeast Region Waters of the U. S. (WOTUS) roundtable, which was coordinated by the North Carolina Farm Bureau with the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers. Farmers and other representatives from several southeast states took part. Pete Hunter is a 50-year farmer from Mississippi and was asked to participate on behalf of the Mississippi …


‘Clean and Healthy Waters’ Initiative Proposed?

Dan Florida, Irrigation, Legislative, Regulation, Water, Wetland

(NSF/Tallahassee/April 25, 2022) — A political committee has filed a proposed constitutional amendment that would create a “fundamental right to clean and healthy waters” and allow lawsuits against state agencies for harm or threatened harm to lakes, rivers, wetlands and other types of water bodies. The committee has proposed the initiative for the 2024 ballot, according to newly posted information …