12-11-18 NPPC Hails EPA’s Proposed New WOTUS Rule

NPPC Hails EPA’s Proposed New WOTUS Rule

WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 11, 2018 – The National Pork Producers Council applauded today’s announcement by the Trump administration of a proposed new Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule.

The regulation would replace the WOTUS rule issued in August 2015 by the Obama administration’s U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. That measure gave EPA broad jurisdiction over U.S. waters to include, among other water bodies, upstream waters and intermittent and ephemeral streams such as the kind farmers use for drainage and irrigation. It also covered lands adjacent to such waters. Continue reading

12-11-18 U.S. Senator Bennet’s Farm Bill Floor Speech Highlights Family Farm Alliance President Pat O’Toole’s Ladder Ranch

U.S. Senator Bennet’s Farm Bill Floor Speech Highlights Family Farm Alliance President Pat O’Toole’s Ladder Ranch

Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet, a member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Conservation, Forestry, and Natural Resources, today delivered remarks following Senate passage of the 2018 Farm Bill conference report.  Senator Bennet’s opening remarks regarding Alliance President Patrick O’Toole’s Ladder Ranch are included below.

The Family Farm Alliance supports the federal farm bill adopted today by the U.S. Senate, and urges similar rapid passage of the legislation by the House of Representatives. The farm bill includes several provisions that will assist Western agricultural irrigators, including: Continue reading

12-11-18 U.S. Senator Bennet’s Floor Speech: Farm Bill Looks Past Politics to Help Future Generations of Farmers and Ranchers

Bennet Floor Speech: Farm Bill Looks Past Politics to Help Future Generations of Farmers and Ranchers

Washington, D.C. – Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet, a member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Conservation, Forestry, and Natural Resources, today delivered remarks following Senate passage of the 2018 Farm Bill conference report.

A summary of the more than 25 Bennet-led priorities in the final 2018 Farm Bill is available HERE.

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12-11-18 U.S. Senator Bennet Statement on Senate Passage of Final 2018 Farm Bill

U.S. Senator Bennet Statement on Senate Passage of Final 2018 Farm Bill

Washington, D.C. – Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet, a member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Conservation, Forestry, and Natural Resources, today applauded Senate passage of the 2018 Farm Bill conference report. More than 25 Bennet-led priorities were included in the final Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018.

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The BARN’s “Colorado Women in Agriculture Series”, courtesy of CommonGround: Mary Kraft

The BARN’s “Colorado Women in Agriculture Series”, courtesy of CommonGround: Mary Kraft

BRIGGSDALE, CO – December, 11, 2018 – Women continue to change the face of many industries, including agriculture. Through managing harvests, running the business and implementing new technologies, like: wind power and using RFID in the tracking of dairy cows for instance. Women are on the front lines – feeding our nation and the world. Many may be surprised to learn that women farmers make up 37 percent of Colorado’s producers. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture there are 21,443 women farmers in Colorado, who farm more than 13 million acres, making a nearly $285 million impact on the economy. There is a group of women farmers here in Colorado that are dedicated to sharing their personal experiences, science and research to help consumers sort through the growing number of myths and misinformation surrounding food and farming. The BARN is starting a NEW “Women in Agriculture” series spotlighting four Colorado women which include:

Mary Kraft, Jan Kochis as well as a mother & daughter team Danielle & Tabor Kalcevic

They do this important work as volunteers with CommonGround Colorado –www.FindOurCommonGround.com– a national grassroots movement designed to help bridge the gap between the women who grow food and the women who buy it. Leading off the BARN’s Women in Ag Series is Mary Kraft, Chief Financial Officer at Badger Creek Farm & Quail Ridge Dairies.…

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12-11-18 CO Farm Bureau Statement on New Clean Water Rule

CO Farm Bureau Statement on New Clean Water Rule

Denver, Colo. —The following statement is attributed to Don Shawcroft, president of the Colorado Farm Bureau:

“Water is the lifeblood of agriculture’s success. Protecting our waterways and drinking water is vital to the future of farms and ranches in Colorado and across the country. That is why it is so important to have an updated EPA clean water rule. This new rule recognizes states’ ability to manage their most precious natural resource, water. 

Coloradans know how to manage their land and resources better than regulators in Washington D.C. The new, common-sense rule will not only protect our nation’s water resources but also restore faith in the effective management of water by the states, allowing land use decisions to be made locally.  Continue reading

12-11-18 Northern Water launching new water-efficient landscape grant program

Northern Water launching new water-efficient landscape grant program

BERTHOUD – A new grant opportunity is now available to Northern Colorado public entities, businesses, HOAs and others served by Northern Water. This initiative facilitates sustainable, water-efficient landscapes and creates new education opportunities for the public.

With the Collaborative Water-Efficient Landscape Grant Program, Northern Water is looking to help fund new or redeveloped Colorado climate-friendly landscapes that require minimal or no irrigation. As part of this program, Northern Water will provide signs and other materials, so these projects can serve as water-efficiency demonstration and education sites. Examples include the adoption of third-party landscape certifications, changes to HOA-managed common areas, municipal properties, park renovations, and more. Continue reading

12-11-18 Milk Producers Pleased Waters of the U.S. Rule Replacement is Underway

Milk Producers Pleased Waters of the U.S. Rule Replacement is Underway

ARLINGTON, VA – The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) is pleased that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have begun the process of replacing the 2015 Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule.

NMPF staff were given an overview of the newly proposed WOTUS rule that will replace the 2015 version in a ceremony at EPA headquarters today. As NMPF reviews the proposal, staff are highly confident it will improve upon the current rule, which has led to unnecessary legal fees, compliance costs and confusion for U.S. dairy producers.

“Dairy farmers have a vested interest in the outcome of this rulemaking and its potential impact on their operations,” said Jim Mulhern, president and CEO of NMPF. “We look forward to working with the EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to achieve the proper clarity that dairy farmers need on WOTUS to continue to meet our shared commitment to clean water.”

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12-11-18 Dairy Producers from Coast to Coast Urge Congress to Quickly Approve Pro-Dairy Farm Bill

Dairy Producers from Coast to Coast Urge Congress to Quickly Approve Pro-Dairy Farm Bill

ARLINGTON, VA– With the release of a farm bill that Congress will vote on in the coming days, the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) joined its member cooperatives and state dairy associations in urging Congress to pass the new law, which includes several measures crucial to dairy during tough economic times.

“Dairy farmers and the cooperatives they own are enduring a period of prolonged economic distress,” NMPF writes in a letter to the chairs and ranking members of each congressional agriculture committee – Reps. Mike Conaway (R-TX) and Collin Peterson (D-MN), and Sens. Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI). “Timely reauthorization of the Farm Bill will provide effective, needed risk management tools to dairy producers across the country as we enter yet another year of uncertainty.”

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12-11-18 NACD STATEMENT ON FARM BILL CONFERENCE REPORT

NACD STATEMENT ON FARM BILL CONFERENCE REPORT

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Monday, Dec. 10, House and Senate Agriculture Committee leaders released the text of the 2018 Farm Bill conference report. The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) President Brent Van Dyke issued the following statement on the bicameral agreement:

“This is a great day for conservation on America’s private, working lands,” NACD President Brent Van Dyke said. “NACD welcomes the continued investment in the Conservation Title and appreciates the consideration given to the overall conservation delivery system. With the continued effects of a recession in the farm economy, strong agriculture policy ensures a safety-net for America’s producers. We appreciate the members of the conference committee and their staffs for their commitment to bringing this important process one step closer to completion.” Continue reading

12-11-18 U.S. House Agriculture Committee Chairman Conaway Applauds EPA Action to Review and Revise WOTUS

 

U.S. House Agriculture Committee Chairman Conaway Applauds EPA Action to Review and Revise WOTUS

Washington, D.C. – House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway (TX-11) applauded the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers’ proposed Clean Water Rule, which will review and revise the definition of ‘waters of the United States’ (WOTUS) to ensure it is consistent with President Trump’s February 2017 executive order. Following the announcement Chairman Conaway issued the below remarks:

“Clear rules and clean water – that’s what the EPA should stand for, and today’s announcement marks a hopeful new chapter for farm country. The Trump administration’s proposed definition of “waters of the U.S.” is the next step to replacing the burdensome 2015 WOTUS rule and to creating streamlined and simplified rules for all landowners. I applaud this administration for listening to concerns raised by farmers and ranchers and their representatives in Congress. I am eager to see a rule that restores integrity to the regulatory process and supports American agriculture as it seeks to preserve our natural resources.”

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12-11-18 Bishop Statement on New WOTUS Proposal

Bishop Statement on New WOTUS Proposal

WASHINGTON, D.C., December 11, 2018 – Today, House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop (R-Utah) issued the following statement regarding the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed rulemaking for the “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS).

“Thanks to the great leadership of Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler at EPA, a new definition of WOTUS will bring much needed clarity and certainty for America’s farmers, contractors, landowners, and ranchers. The previous WOTUS rule from 2015 was a reckless expansion of federal control. EPA did an excellent job of including the voices of many who are directly impacted by the WOTUS rule. Today is a win for many Utahns and Americans across the country.” Continue reading

12-11-18 America’s Sheep Producers Support Farm Bill

America’s Sheep Producers Support Farm Bill

December 11, 2018 – On Monday night, the House and Senate Agriculture Committee released the 2018 Farm Bill Conference Report. American Sheep Industry Association President Mike Corn said the bipartisan and bicameral report contains a number of priorities for America’s sheep producers.
“U.S. sheep producers strongly support the farm bill conference report. This bill reauthorizes the Sheep Production and Marketing Grant and the wool fabric provision to address industry infrastructure and international trade inequities. The most prominent feature for sheep producers is the new provision to permanently fund pharmaceutical development minor use species, which has the potential to impact every sheep operation in America with new sheep health products. ASI is very appreciative as well that the Foot and Mouth Disease Vaccine bank was included with funding authorized. The Wool Marketing Assistance Loan and Loan Deficiency Payment program were also reauthorized, providing a risk management tool for producers.
“Timing is critical to finish the Farm Bill this month in order to provide certainty for sheep producers, and we applaud the House and Senate Agriculture Committee leadership for producing a conference report this week.”
ASI urges swift approval by the United States House of Representatives and Senate.

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12-11-18 NAWG Welcomes New WOTUS Proposed Rule

NAWG Welcomes New WOTUS Proposed Rule

Washington, D.C. (December 11, 2018) – Today’s the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers released a new proposed Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule which redefines the jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act more narrowly and provides clarity to what is required of landowners. NAWG President Jimmie Musick issued the following statement: Continue reading

12-11-18 USDA Secretary Perdue Statement on EPA & Army Corps WOTUS Announcement

USDA Secretary Perdue Statement on EPA & Army Corps WOTUS Announcement

(Washington, D.C., December 11, 2018) –  U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today praised the announcement from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers that they are fulfilling President Trump’s pledge to repeal and replace the Waters of the United States rule.Perdue issued the following statement:

“When I meet with the men and women of American agriculture, one of their chief concerns is always the overreach of federal regulations. The WOTUS rule is regularly singled out as particularly egregious, as it impedes the use of their own land and stifles productivity. Farmers and ranchers are exceptional stewards of the environment, and states have their own standards as well. This welcome action from the EPA and Army Corps will help bring clarity to Clean Water Act regulations and help farmers know where federal jurisdiction begins and ends. President Trump is making good on his promise to reduce burdensome regulations to free our producers to do what they do best – feed, fuel, and clothe this nation and the world.”

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12-11-18 KDA Responds to Farm Bill Conference Report

KDA Responds to Farm Bill Conference Report

MANHATTAN, Kan. — The Kansas Department of Agriculture and Secretary of Agriculture Jackie McClaskey responded to today’s release of the 2018 Farm Bill conference report…

“We thank Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts for his unwavering commitment to reaching an agreement for the 2018 Farm Bill,” said Secretary McClaskey. “We especially appreciate Senator Roberts’ efforts to seek input from Kansas agriculture stakeholders throughout this entire process, and then to truly consider that input in the development of the Farm Bill. Congratulations on a job well done.”

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12-11-18 U.S. Senator Bennet Praises 2018 Farm Bill and Calls for Continued Bipartisan Support

U.S. Senator Bennet Praises 2018 Farm Bill and Calls for Continued Bipartisan Support

Washington, D.C. – Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet, a member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Conservation, Forestry, and Natural Resources, today praised the release of the final text of the 2018 Farm Bill conference report and called for continued bipartisan support in Congress to send the bill to the President’s desk.

“We committed to passing a Farm Bill this year, and that’s exactly what we intend to do,” Bennet said. “We appreciate the conference committee’s hard work to reach a bipartisan bill that legalizes hemp, conserves land and water, combats climate change, and bolsters economic security in rural communities. The finish line is in sight. Now Congress needs to do what’s right for Colorado and send this bill to the President’s desk.”

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12-11-18 House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway “America Needs the Certainty”

House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway “America Needs the Certainty”

House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway highlights the wins in the 2018 Farm Bill conference report for rural America and calls on Congress to pass the legislation.

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12-11-18 Crop Insurance Industry Statement on Release of Farm Bill Conference Report

Crop Insurance Industry Statement on Release of  Farm Bill Conference Report 
The below statement was issued by the American Association of Crop Insurers (AACI), the Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau (CIRB), the Crop Insurance Professionals Association (CIPA), the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA), the National Association of Professional Insurance Agents (PIA), and the National Crop Insurance Services (NCIS) following the release of the farm bill conference report:

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12-11-18 NFU Statement on 2018 Farm Bill Compromise

NFU Statement on 2018 Farm Bill Compromise

WASHINGTON – The Farm Bill conference committee conferees today released the text of a compromise Farm Bill, largely the effort of House and Senate Agriculture Committee leadership resolving differences between the House and Senate versions of the 2018 Farm Bill. If approved by both chambers within the next week and a half, the legislation will be on President Trump’s desk and awaiting approval before the end of the year.

National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson released the following statement in response to the Farm Bill compromise:

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