03-30-17 FSA-CO ALERT: Emergency Grazing Of CRP Due to Wildfires in NE Colorado

FSA-CO ALERT: Emergency Grazing Of CRP Due to Wildfires in NE Colorado

Emergency use of Conservation Reserve Program (CPR) acres has been authorized for Logan, Morgan, Phillips, Sedgwick, Washington, Yuma and Weld counties. Livestock may be temporarily moved to land enrolled in CRP for no more than 30 days, as approved by the county office, on a case by case basis.  No payment reduction applies to this authorized exception and no funds are authorized for water, feed or other costs. Authority is limited to livestock producers who lost pasture or fences, due to wildfires in Logan, Phillips and Sedgwick counties.  The authority to approve this 30 day emergency use expires April 7, 2017.

Interested producers should contact their administrative county office as soon as possible.

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03-30-17 Inside the BARN with CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg: NECO Wildfire, SB 267, Regulation Rollback & More…

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Inside the BARN with CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg…

(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) March 30, 2017 – Joining me inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network is CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg from District 1 discussing several topics including:

  • Thoughts on NE CO Wildfire Recovery Efforts
  • USDA Ag Secretary & US Supreme Court Nominees Still Pending
  • State Legislature Update
  • Senate Bill 267 – Rural Sustainability Update
  • CO Senate & Agriculture Committee Update
  • Thoughts on Regulation Rollback by Trump Administration – “All of the Above Strategy”
  • Ag Day @ the Capitol RECAP
  • Final Thoughts

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03-30-17 SWCD Annual Water Seminar in Durango on April 7th

SWCD Annual Water Seminar in Durango on April 7

Program Now Available for 35th Annual Water Seminar

Across the West, the struggle to finance water projects and programs is constant. What is the current funding situation for the State of Colorado? What opportunities are available at the state, federal and local levels to continue essential programs, address aging infrastructure and implement the water plan? SWCD’s Annual Water Seminar will focus on these questions, with speakers from across the spectrum.

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03-30-17 USDA Offers Renewal Options for Expiring Conservation Stewardship Program Contracts

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USDA Offers Renewal Options for Expiring Conservation Stewardship Program Contracts

USDA’s Largest Conservation Program Helps Producers Improve Health, Productivity of Working Lands

WASHINGTON, March 30, 2017 – Acting Deputy Agriculture Secretary Michael Young today announced that a contract renewal sign-up is underway for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), USDA’s largest working lands conservation program with more than 80 million acres enrolled. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) made several updates to the popular program last fall.  These changes help producers better evaluate conservation options that benefit their operations while improving the health and productivity of private and Tribal working lands.

“The changes made to CSP are providing even greater opportunities for stewardship-minded producers across the country to participate and bring their conservation efforts to a higher level,” said Young.  “The new tools and methods for evaluating operations, expanded options to address the producer’s conservation and business objectives, and the focus on local resource priorities have resulted in a 30 percent increase in applications for this widely popular program.”

Participants with existing CSP contracts that will expire on Dec. 31 can access the benefits of the recent program changes through an option to renew their contracts for an additional five years if they agree to adopt additional activities to achieve higher levels of conservation on their lands.  Applications to renew expiring contracts are due by May 5.

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03-29-17 CCA: 2017 Colorado Leopold Conservation Award® Recipient Announced

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Arvada, Colo. – Rancho Largo, co-owned and managed by Grady Grissom, has been selected as the recipient of the 2017 Colorado Leopold Conservation Award®.

The prestigious award is presented annually by Sand County Foundation, the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association, the Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, and American AgCredit.

Given in honor of renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold, the Leopold Conservation Award recognizes extraordinary achievement in voluntary conservation. It inspires other landowners through these examples and provides a visible forum where farmers, ranchers and other private landowners are recognized as conservation leaders. In his influential 1949 book, A Sand County Almanac; Leopold called for an ethical relationship between people and the land they own and manage, which he called “an evolutionary possibility and an ecological necessity.” Continue reading

03-29-17 CSFS: Financial Compensation Available for Landowners to Forgo Development, Protect Forestlands

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FORT COLLINS, Colo. – March 29, 2017 – Colorado landowners who want to protect environmentally valuable private forest areas that could be threatened by development or conversion to other non-forest uses have the opportunity to submit proposals to protect their forestlands. Continue reading

03-28-17 CSU: $12.5 million investment from JBS USA to establish new Global Food Innovation Center

$12.5 million investment from JBS USA with CSU to establish new Global Food Innovation Center

Thanks to a substantial gift from one of the world’s leading global food companies, JBS® USA, Colorado State University has begun construction on the JBS Global Food Innovation Center in Honor of Gary & Kay Smith, a new $15 million facility that will advance best practices in food safety, meat sciences and animal handling and welfare.

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03-28-17 NWSS Scholarship Trust Awards $500K to Agriculture Students

National Western Scholarship Trust Awards $500,000 to Agriculture Students

CORRECTED – The National Western Scholarship Trust is excited to announce a $100,000 annual increase to its scholarship fund, expanding the value to $500,000 and more than 100 recipients studying throughout Colorado and Wyoming.

Four major National Western Stock Show events contribute to the trust each year. These events include the Coors Western Art Exhibit & Sale, the Citizen of the West dinner, the Auction of Junior Livestock Champions and the Boots ‘n Business luncheon.

“Through the dedication and hard work of our Board, committees, staff and volunteers at the National Western Stock Show as well as the supporters of our event, we are able to provide even greater impact to students studying agriculture throughout the region,” said Paul Andrews, President and CEO of the National Western Stock Show.  “This is a great day for educating more youth in area colleges and as we continue to grow in the future, we plan to increase the scholarship support even more.” Continue reading

03-24-17 Get Ready, Get Set For Camp Rocky 2017 in Divide this July!

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Get Ready, Get Set For Camp Rocky in Divide this July!

Attn: Youth – Make your summer plans for 2017 Camp Rocky

Greeley, CO – The 54th Camp Rocky is an educational week long, residential camp adventure for youth 14 to 19 year old who enjoy the outdoors and are interested in natural resources. The Camp will be July 9-15 just outside Divide, Colo., about 45 minutes west of Colorado Springs. Camp Rocky’s professional staff helps participants learn about their environment through hands-on experiences. The student participants are put into teams to tackle various projects related to:

  • Forest Management
  • Rangeland Science
  • Soil and Water Conservation
  • Fish and Wildlife Management

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03-23-17 Haxtun Community Fire Relief Information and How YOU can Help…

Written by: From Candie Salyards After Incident – Incident Command PIO

The Logan/Phillips County Fire started on Monday, March 6 around 11:30 a.m. on private property near the South Plate River. Winds at speeds between 40-60 miles per hour carried the fire over Interstate 76, across the plains of Northeastern Colorado to north of Haxtun where total containment came two days later on the evening of March 8. Total, 32,564 acres burned, spanning nearly 26 miles. Continue reading

03-30-17 Statement on Senate Agriculture Committee Approval of Governor Sonny Perdue to be USDA Secretary

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Statement on Senate Agriculture Committee Approval of Governor Sonny Perdue to be USDA Secretary

WASHINGTON — On Thursday morning, the Senate Agriculture Committee voted to approve the nomination of Former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue to be U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.

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03-30-17 NCGA Applauds EPA Decision on Chlorpyrofis

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NCGA Applauds EPA Decision on Chlorpyrofis

WASHINGTON (March 30, 2017) – The National Corn Growers Association today applauded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for dismissing a petition related to the crop protection tool chlorpyrifos.

“We are pleased with the EPA’s decision today to deny a petition against chlorpyrifos and return to the standard pesticides review process as called for under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA),” said NCGA President Wesley Spurlock. “The overwhelming scientific consensus is that chlorpyrifos is safe for use by farmers, and we are confident that the pesticide review process will reaffirm this.”

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03-30-17 ACE leadership informs, congratulates member plants at annual meetings

ACE leadership informs, congratulates member plants at annual meetings

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Sioux Falls, SD (March 30, 2017) –American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) member ethanol plants have been hosting annual meetings for their investors during the first half of the year. ACE executive vice president Brian Jennings has presented at many of these meetings, including Badger State Ethanol’s annual meeting today in Wisconsin and Dakota Ethanol’s upcoming meeting in South Dakota on April 11, to congratulate member plants on their success and share opportunities and challenges ahead for the ethanol industry.

“I’m always grateful for the opportunity to meet with members and discuss the pressing opportunities and challenges facing the industry,” Jennings said. “Our plant members work hard to provide a meaningful return to local shareholders, and I’m honored to speak at their annual meetings to congratulate them for the operational and financial progress they’ve made.”

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03-23-17 USDA – FAS Weekly Export Sales Report for March 30th

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Sonny Perdue Vote Delayed to Thursday

Sonny Perdue’s nomination vote out of the Senate Agriculture Committee will wait another day after it was delayed Wednesday. However, a vote seems likely Thursday morning. The next Senate floor vote was scheduled for 10 am ET Thursday, and the Senate Agriculture Committee said Wednesday afternoon the vote would take place Thursday, following the next Senate floor vote. Perdue, President Donald Trump’s nominee for Agriculture Secretary, is expected to easily pass the Senate Agriculture Committee. But, if the Senate is unable to fit a full chamber vote on Perdue’s nomination by the end of next week, the confirmation vote may not happen until the last week of April, meaning another month before Perdue can take his desk at the Department of Agriculture. The Senate will take a two-week Easter recess at the end of next week.

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Very Early Planting Not Worth the Risks

An agriculture professor from the University of Illinois says very early planting is not worth the risks involved. Emerson Nafziger says planting well ahead of normal is unlikely to result in higher yields. In Illinois, he says some corn and soybeans were planted as early as February this year, with unseasonably warm and dry weather. However, he says “the earlier the better” typically doesn’t work well. Yields are usually no higher for crops planted in March or early April compared to those planted in late April or early May, so there’s little reward for taking the risk of very early planting. He says the primary cause of stand loss in both crops is heavy rainfall soon after planting, something early planted crops are more prone to. He says the potential for frost damage and standability issues due to wet April and May soils are also common in early planted crops. Planting very early also affects insurability, and if the crop needs to be replanted, can increase production costs.

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Study Find Some Confusion Regarding New Fuel Choices

A new nationwide study has found Americans seem to remain confused about new fuel choices at the pump and their appropriate usage. The study was commissioned by the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute and surveyed more than 2,000 adults online. The poll found that more consumers have reported mis-fueling engines not recommended for ethanol blends higher than 10 percent, which includes small engine outdoor power equipment, increasing from three percent in 2015 to five percent in the most recent study. Study results show ethanol awareness in fuels remains steady, at 84 percent, and that 44 percent of outdoor power equipment owners are paying attention to the type of fuels they are using. Ethanol blends greater than 10 percent in small engines is not authorized by the Environmental Protection Agency. Regardless of the fuel, the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute says it’s also important to drain fuel out of small engines if they will be left unused for more than 30 days, or to add a fuel stabilizer.

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Cargill Making a Case for International Trade

Cargill’s CEO took a stand for international trade during a speaking engagement this week. David MacLennan told the Financial Times Commodities Summit in Switzerland that the world is at a critical tipping point in international trade policy. He called on industries represented at the event to support the development of sound trade agreements and to be on guard against a growing sentiment toward more restrictive trade measures. MacLennan told the audience: “The success of our companies, our employees and the wider world depends on us making a strong, collective stand for trade.” In addition to advocating for comprehensive trade agreements, MacLennan argued for public policies that will result in the creation of a “new workforce paradigm” in which the public and private sectors work together to provide ongoing education and training to workers, including those whose jobs are threatened either by the consequences of trade, or by other factors such as greater implementation of robotics and information technology.

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Report Names Ag Labor in Human Trafficking List

A new report on sex and labor trafficking in the United States places agriculture labor in the top 25 industries for human trafficking. The Typology of Modern Slavery report announced Wednesday breaks down instances of sex and labor trafficking into 25 distinct categories. The report ranked agriculture 11th in known instances of human trafficking. Specifically, the report classifies agriculture labor as “Agriculture and Animal Husbandry.” Restaurant and Food Service took the ninth spot on the list, which included a top ten dotted with several categories of sex trafficking. Construction ranked 14th, while manufacturing was listed as 20th, and forestry and logging took the 23rd spot. The report was commissioned by Polaris, a self-described leader in the global fight to eradicate modern slavery. The report relies on data gathered from Polaris-operated hotlines between December 2007 and December 2016. During that time, Polaris received reports of 32,200 cases of potential human trafficking and 10,000 potential cases of labor exploitation.

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Farmers Union Urging trump to Oppose Dow-DuPont Merger

The National Farmers Union is asking President Donald Trump to oppose the merger between Dow and DuPont. NFU wants the administration to block the deal because of concerns it would lead to reduced competition and less innovation, as well as less choice and higher prices for farm inputs. NFU President Roger Johnson says: “If the Dow-DuPont and Bayer-Monsanto mergers were both approved, there would effectively be a duopoly in the corn and soybean seed markets.” Farmers Union says the merger of Dow and DuPont, the fourth and fifth largest firms, would give the resulting company about 41 percent of the market for corn seeds and 38 percent of the market for soybean seeds. The European Union approved the merger after Dow and DuPont agreed to sell off assets, including key research and development activities. The deal is still to be approved by regulators in the United States, Brazil, China, Australia and Canada.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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03-29-17 US DoI Secretary Zinke Takes Immediate Action to Advance American Energy Independence

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Secretary Zinke Takes Immediate Action to Advance American Energy Independence

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke signed two secretarial orders to advance American energy independence. The Secretary’s orders foster responsible development of coal, oil, gas, and renewable energy on federal and Tribal lands and initiate review of agency actions directed by President Trump’s executive order entitled “Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth.” Secretary Zinke also signed a charter establishing a Royalty Policy Committee to ensure the public receives the full value of natural resources produced from federal lands. In signing the historic actions on energy independence, Secretary Zinke was joined by Members of Congress from western states and other stakeholders.

“Today I took action to sign a series of directives that put America on track to achieve the President’s vision for energy independence and bringing jobs back to communities across the country” said Secretary Zinke. “American energy powers our national and local economies. But for too many local communities, energy on public lands has been more of a missed opportunity and has failed to include local consultation and partnership. Today’s orders allow for Americans to benefit from safe and environmentally responsible development on federal lands and put America on track for energy independence.”

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03-29-17 NFU Urges Trump Administration to Oppose Dow-DuPont Merger

NFU Urges Trump Administration to Oppose Dow-DuPont Merger

WASHINGTON Following European Union approval of the proposed merger between Dow Chemical Co. and DuPont Co., National Farmers Union (NFU) is calling on the Trump Administration to block the deal. The merger, if approved by the U.S. Justice Department, would create the largest biotechnology and seed firm in the U.S.

“The reduction in competition that would be wrought by a Dow-DuPont merger will result in less innovation, higher prices, and less choice for farmers,” said NFU President Roger Johnson in a letter to President Trump. “Given the damaging and lasting effects this merger will have on family farmers and rural America, we urge you to oppose this merger,” he said.

Johnson noted that the Dow-DuPont merger occurs amidst a massive wave of consolidation in the agricultural inputs sector. The combination of the two companies, coupled with the concurrently proposed mergers of Bayer-Monsanto and ChemChina-Syngenta, threatens to limit major players in the agrichemical and seed sectors to just four companies. Continue reading

03-29-17 SARE: Public Database of Cover Crop Images Now Available

Public Database of Cover Crop Images Now Available

All across the United States, farmers are increasingly using cover crops to suppress weeds, conserve soil, protect water quality and control pests and diseases. They could play a significant role in sequestering carbon from the atmosphere.

There are so many stories to share with farmers about cover crops, in both words and images. To help you show your next cover crop story, SARE is pleased to present its Library of Cover Crop Images and Soil Health Illustrations.

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Senate Ag Schedules Perdue Confirmation Vote

The Senate Agriculture Committee will hold a business meeting Wednesday to consider the nomination of Sonny Perdue as Agriculture Secretary. Committee Chairman, Republican Senator Pat Roberts of Kansas, announced the meeting Tuesday. A favorable vote for Perdue will move the former Georgia Governor a step closer to taking his post at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It’s unclear, however, whether the full Senate will then move to confirm Perdue before it leaves for its two-week April recess at the end of next week. The Atlanta Constitution-Journal reports that if senators don’t get to Perdue before they leave, he won’t be able to get sworn in until the last week of April, at the earliest. When asked if the Senate will confirm Perdue before the Easter break, Chairman Roberts replied: “Hope springs eternal.”

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Trump Document Proposes Cuts to 2017 USDA, FDA Spending

An internal budget document by the Donald Trump administration outlines a plan to cut funding to the Department of Agriculture and Food and Drug Administration this fiscal year. The document, sent to the House and Senate appropriations committees last week and obtained by Politico, offers detailed recommendations to make $18 billion of cuts in spending legislation that lawmakers must enact by April 28th to avoid a government shutdown. The cuts are aimed at the last five months of the current fiscal year and would compound the 21 percent proposed reduction for USDA that the administration included in its 2018 budget outline. The proposal includes a $40 million cut to the FDA, a $363 million cut from the Food for Peace program, a $136 million cut to eliminate funding for the McGovern-Dole food program and a $49 million cut to Rural Business and Cooperative Grant Programs.

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Judge Approves Settlement to Protect Farmers’ Privacy

The American Farm Bureau Federation and the National Pork Producers Council this week closed the final chapter of their lawsuit challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s release of farmer and rancher personal information. A federal judge has approved a settlement that secures the private information of thousands of livestock and poultry farmers in 36 states. AFBF and NPPC filed the lawsuit in 2013 after EPA released a compilation of spreadsheets containing personal information about farmers and ranchers in 29 states who raise livestock and poultry. In some cases, the data included the names of farmers, ranchers and sometimes other family members, home addresses, email addresses, GPS coordinates and phone numbers. EPA was poised at that time to release more spreadsheets containing similar information on farmers in an additional six states. The settlement agreement, reached with current EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, eliminates the need for a court order by spelling out exactly what information can remain in the spreadsheets released by the agency: only the city, county, zip code and permit status of an operation will be released.

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Beef Industry Urges Trump to Talk Trade with China

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association is urging President Donald Trump to raise the restoration of U.S. Beef access to China when he meets with China’s President next month. NCBA signed a letter, along with the U.S. Meat Export Federation and the North American Meat Institute asking the President to talk beef trade with Chinese President Xi Jinping (she-gin-ping) in April at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. American beef producers have been denied access to China, a $2.6 billion import market, since 2003. Last fall China announced that it had lifted its ban on imports of U.S. beef, but attempts since then to negotiate the technical terms of access have been unsuccessful. NCBA CEO Kendal Frazier told Trump in the letter that “we strongly encourage you to take this important opportunity to convey the urgent need for China to reopen its market to U.S. beef.” In 2016, American beef producers sold $6.3 billion worth of U.S. beef to customers around the world, with three of the industry’s top foreign markets located in Asia.

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No Farm Bill Without SNAP

The Ranking member of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Nutrition says there will be no farm bill without the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP. Democrat James McGovern of Massachusetts at the opening of a hearing titled The Next Farm Bill: The Future of SNAP, warned lawmakers, by saying “don’t even think of separating the nutrition title from the farm bill.” He said such a move would be a “huge mistake” and guaranteed there “will be no farm bill,” if the committee separates SNAP from the farm bill. Further, he wanted the House Agriculture Committee to not “screw around with the program.” McGovern says there is no reason to undermine SNAP through structural changes or further restrictions. McGovern says he has read reports that the committee may consider changing provisions to able-bodied adults without dependents. However, he says, the committee needs to find a way to make SNAP better, including increasing SNAP benefits.

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NFU Says EPA Executive Order Reverses Climate Change Progress

In a sweeping and regressive executive order on energy, The National Farmers Union says President Donald Trump reversed years of progress in the U.S.-led fight against climate change. The order dismantles Obama-era policies that NFU says prepare the United States to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change. Farmers Union President Roger Johnson says the order “sends a very clear message to Americans and the rest of the world that our country will not lead the global effort to curtail climate change.” Trump’s executive order rescinds more than half a dozen federal regulations and guidance that aid in making the U.S. food system more climate resilient, according to NFU. This includes an August 2016 White House guidance for federal agencies to consider climate change in environmental reviews and a November 2013 order instructing the federal government to prepare for the impacts of climate change. Johnson says the Obama-era climate policies “created a path of sustainability” for farmers dealing with climate change by curbing carbon emissions that trap heat and change the climate.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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03-28-17 NPPC: EPA Now Limited On Farm Data It Can Release

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NPPC: EPA Now Limited On Farm Data It Can Release

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 28, 2017 – A federal judge yesterday approved a settlement agreement between the National Pork Producers Council and the American Farm Bureau Federation and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, limiting EPA’s release of information on livestock farmers. Continue reading