EPA Amends WOTUS Rule; NCBA Responds

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

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says in order to conform to the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Sackett v. EPA case, it and the U.S. Department of the Army are amending the 2023 definition of “Waters of the United States”(WOTUS) rule (.pdf). EPA Administrator Michael Regan says while he’s “disappointed by the Supreme Court’s decision in the Sackett case, EPA and Army have an obligation to …


Alabama Irrigation Assistance Signup Runs through July 31

Dan Alabama, Environment, Irrigation, Soil, Water

A signup is underway in parts of Alabama for those interested in financial assistance for new irrigation systems. Alabama Soil and Water Conservation Committee (SWCC) Assistant Executive Director, Ashley Henderson, told Southeast AgNet’s Randall Weiseman this signup will run until July 31st. To learn more about the Alabama Irrigation Initiative, click here.


Critics View FL Legislation as Potentially Harmful to Wetlands and Everglades Restoration Efforts

Dan Conservation, Environment, Florida, Water, Wetland

(NSF/TALLAHASSEE, FL/June 15, 2023) — Senate leaders weren’t going to let a year-old outburst aimed at state lawmakers go unaddressed. VoteWater, a Treasure Coast group focused on political issues related to restoring the Everglades, is raising cane over the Senate this spring not confirming the reappointment of South Florida Water Management District Governing Board member Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch. “Few people in …


Many Agricultural Groups Commend SCOTUS Ruling on WOTUS

Dan Agri-Business, American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), Beef, Cattle, Corn, Dairy, Environment, Field Crops, Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA), Legislative, Livestock, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), Pork, Regulation, Water, WOTUS Act

Many agricultural groups are applauding the U.S. Supreme Court for their ruling in the Sackett v. EPA case. The Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) President and CEO Daren Coppock issued the following statement: “All of agriculture has been waiting for this ruling on defining Waters of the United States (WOTUS). The Court stated that the wetland under the jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act (CWA) must have ‘a continuous …


NCBA Highlights Federal Injunction Stopping WOTUS Rule in 24 States

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

Today, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) praised the decision by a judge in the U.S. District Court for the District of North Dakota to grant a preliminary injunction stopping the Biden administration’s “Waters of the U.S.” (WOTUS) rule from taking effect in 24 states. Combined with a previous ruling in the Southern District of Texas, 26 states across the …


Senate Passes Resolution Overturning Biden Administration’s WOTUS Rule

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

The U.S. Senate passed the Congressional Review Act joint resolution of disapproval that overturns the Biden Administration’s Waters of the United States (WOTUS) Rule by a 53-43 vote. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.VA.), ranking member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, introduced the resolution in February. The administration introduced a new rule in December 2022 that repealed the Navigable …


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, …

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Bill Introduced to Provide Clean Drinking Water for Rural Americans

Dan Agri-Business, Funding, Legislative, Regulation, This Land of Ours, Water

A new bill would help rural Americans get clean drinking water. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. Senators Tammy Baldwin and Susan Collins introduced the bipartisan Healthy Drinking Water Affordability Act, or The Healthy H2O Act. Baldwin, a Wisconsin Democrat and Collins, a Maine Republican, say the bill will provide water testing and treatment technology grants directly to …