Federal Court Ruling in North Dakota Blocks Implementation “Waters of the United States” Rule
WASHINGTON (August 28, 2015) — National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President Philip Ellis statement regarding Federal Court ruling in North Dakota that will Block EPA and the Army Corps’ “Waters of the United States” rule.
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“Injunction Granted: WOTUS Delayed for 13 States”
Late Thursday afternoon, a North Dakota federal judge granted an injunction against the Waters of the U.S. rule, effectively delaying implementation by the Environmental Protection Agency for 13 states. U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson of North Dakota issued a temporary injunction against the rule, while two other courts denied the injunction this week. Erickson said “the risk of irreparable harm to the states is both imminent and likely,” granting the injunction. Earlier in the day, the EPA had remained on track to implement the rule, according to the Hagstrom report. The Obama administration will implement the Clean Water Rule as scheduled Friday everywhere but those 13 states. Two other federal judges had denied injunctions in separate cases. The court document from the North Dakota judge stated “it appears likely that the EPA has violated its Congressional grant of authority.” The states included in the injunction are: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming.”
“USDA Unveils New Strategy to Conserve Sage Grouse Habitat on Private Lands” Continue reading
Republican River Compact Adjustments to Benefit Basin Water Users
(Lincoln, Neb.) Today, the states of Colorado, Kansas and Nebraska have reached an agreement that will ensure more certainty to the basin’s water users in both Nebraska and Kansas. The agreement, in the form of a Resolution approved by the Republican River Compact Administration (RRCA), was achieved through collaborative negotiations that began in April 2015 and will provide timely notice and access to water for the 2016 irrigation season. Continue reading
WY Governor Mead Pleased with Judge’s Decision to Block WOTUS Rule
A federal district judge in North Dakota issued a preliminary injunction today, blocking implementation of the EPA’s controversial Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule. A coalition, including Wyoming, of 12 states and two New Mexico state agencies urged the court to enter a preliminary injunction at a hearing last week in Fargo.
“I am pleased with the court’s decision. It keeps the rule from taking effect tomorrow, August 28th,” Governor Mead said. “I requested that EPA withdraw this rule from the beginning. It was badly flawed then and remained badly flawed throughout the rulemaking process.” Continue reading
PORTLAND, Ore., August 27, 2015 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced a four-year strategy that will invest approximately $211 million through 2018 in conservation efforts to benefit the greater sage grouse. The strategy, known as Sage Grouse Initiative 2.0, will build on successful public and private conservation efforts made since 2010 to improve sage grouse habitat. The new plan will provide additional assistance for ranchers to make conservation improvements to their land, which mutually benefits the iconic bird and agricultural operations in 11 Western states. Continue reading
Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a renewed commitment to voluntary, incentive-based conservation efforts to bring back sage grouse populations. Vilsack unveiled the Sage Grouse Initiative 2.0 Investment Strategy, which includes an additional $211 million in Farm Bill funding for proactive voluntary conservation efforts to bring back sage grouse populations. Continue reading
Greeley, CO Thu Aug 27 2015 USDA-CO Dept of Ag Market News
Colorado Hay Report
Compared to last week, all classes of hay traded steady on light demand with
the exception of Supreme and Premium quality alfalfa trending higher on light
offerings. Alfalfa Carried over from last year as well as this year?s 1st
cutting have suppressed demand for lower quality hay. RFV tests coming back on
2nd cutting alfalfa are noticeably better than the prior cutting due to better
haying conditions. The U.S. Drought Monitor was unchanged from the prior week
in the D0 Drought Category for Colorado holding at 2.04 percent. According to
NASS? Colorado Crop Progress report for the week ending August 23, 2015, crop
progress for 2nd cutting Alfalfa is at 96 percent and 3rd cutting is at 38
percent. Corn is 68 percent dough, and 33 percent dented, with corn silage at 5
percent harvested. Pasture and Range conditions are 1 percent Very Poor, 13
percent Poor, 25 percent Fair, 50 percent Good, and 11 percent Excellent. All
prices reported are FOB at the stack or barn unless otherwise noted. Prices
reflect load lots of hay.
If you have hay for sale or need hay, use the services of the Colorado
Department of Agriculture website: http://www.coloradoagriculture.com.
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NCGA, DuPont Launch Third Year of New Leaders Program
ST. LOUIS (August 27, 2015) — The National Corn Growers Association and DuPont are pleased to announce the third year of the NCGA DuPont New Leaders Program. The program is designed for corn growers who are newly active or considering involvement in agriculture leadership, and seek to build their communications skills so they can better serve their peers. Continue reading
2016 4-H Citizenship Washington Focus and Leadership Washington Focus registrations are now open!
With summer 2015 officially a wrap we are pleased to announce the opening of registration for 4-H Citizenship Washington Focus and Leadership Washington Focus 2016! We are expecting strong attendance in 2016 and the early weeks are already filling up – it’s never too early to secure your delegation’s space!
Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF)
CWF is a program for 4-H’ers entering grades 10-12 that takes place at the National 4-H Conference Center, just one mile from the Washington, D.C. border.
- Week 1: June 5-11– SOLD OUT
- Week 2: June 12-18
- Week 3: June 19-25
- Week 4: June 26- July 2
- Week 5: July 3- 9
- Week 6: July 10-16
- Week 7: July 17-23
Leadership Washington Focus (LWF) Continue reading
Not long ago, mentions of growth control as a tool to reduce water demands tended to be written off by Colorado water insiders as too complicated, outside the control of water providers and anti-economic development. Continue reading
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“Monsanto Announces Pull Back of Syngenta Offer”
Following reports from earlier this week that Monsanto had upped the bid, the company announced Wednesday that Monsanto is no longer pursuing the current proposal for Syngenta. In a news release, Monsanto announced Syngenta said Monsanto’s enhanced proposal did not meet financial expectations. Monsanto will continue its focus on opportunities within its existing core business and resume the implementation of its approved share repurchase program as soon as practical, according to the company. After the announcement, National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson said “this is clearly not only good news for family farmers, but for economically competitive markets as well.” The NFU Board of Directors had passed a resolution earlier this year opposing the potential merger.
“US Ban on Canadian Poultry Lifted” Continue reading
EPA Proposes Changes to the Federal Regulations for the Certification and Training of Pesticide Applicators. EPA is accepting comments on the proposal until November 23, 2015. The 90-day public comment period has started for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal for pesticide applicators who apply restricted use pesticides. Continue reading
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Matt Mead as Chairman of the Western Governors’ Association (WGA) announced his Chairman’s Initiative – improving the effectiveness and efficiency of the Endangered Species Act (ESA).
“The Endangered Species Act touches the people and economies of western states in a significant way,” Governor Mead said. “This initiative is intended to take a hard look at the ESA – where has it been successful and where are changes needed. This effort will invite participation from a broad spectrum to come up with good information and useful recommendations.” Continue reading
Preserving agriculture yet another reason we need NISP now
Comment deadline for the project is Sept. 3.
During the past three decades, agricultural land in the South Platte Basin dropped from 1.1 million acres down to 813,000, as water left farms and ranches, sold to growing cities. Continue reading
ACE honors ethanol contributors with 2015 awards
Sioux Falls, SD (August 26, 2015) – The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) honored a select group of individuals and companies for their substantial efforts to advance the U.S. ethanol industry during ACE’s annual conference in Omaha, Nebraska, last week. Continue reading