EPA Regulations

EPA updates clean air standards, farm dust unaffected

In response to a court order, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Friday finalized an update to its national air quality standards for harmful fine particle pollution (PM2.5). FULL STORY »

Right and left at odds in Chesapeake Bay cleanup

The Washington Post reports plans for water cleanup of the Chesapeake Bay are being “hit by opponents from both the left and right.” FULL STORY »

Commentary: Separating fact from fiction on biotechnology

Much is said about biotechnology in our food supply, otherwise known as GMOs. It’s sometimes hard to tell fact from fiction. Vanessa Kummer, chair of the United Soybean Board (USB) wants to set the record straight. FULL STORY »

NPPC comments tell EPA to waive RFS

With the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS), the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) says that a weather-driven supply shock no longer simply results in higher prices for feed grains but causes “crippling credit and liquidity shortfalls” and the prospect that some producers will not be able to find feed for their animals. FULL STORY »

Court allows AFBF to join farmer lawsuit against EPA

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia has ruled that the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) has a right to join in a lawsuit over the scope of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) authority to regulate poultry and livestock farms under the Clean Water Act (CWA). FULL STORY »

EPA funds projects to support pesticide risk reduction

The EPA is announcing six projects to support the adoption of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) techniques in agriculture to reduce pesticide risk. FULL STORY »

Ludlow Research evaluates prospect of sorghum ethanol

Ludlow Research issued a report on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) pending approval of 'grain sorghum' as an alternative feedstock to corn for the production of biofuel based ethanol. FULL STORY »

Pork producers address issues in WDC

Farmers and ranchers flooded the nation’s Capital last week not just due to the “Farm Bill Now!” rally, but pork producers from across the nation visited with their senators and representatives on the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS), the 2012 Farm Bill and more. FULL STORY »

EPA approves two Syngenta herbicides

Syngenta in North America announced the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has granted registration approval for Lexar EZ and Lumax EZ herbicides for field corn, seed corn, sweet corn, yellow popcorn and grain sorghum. FULL STORY »

EPA to rate products for drift reduction in 2013

By next summer, ag retailers and farmers could find language on some pesticide labels that recommends verified use of drift reduction technology (DRT) equipment or products for spray applications, according to Jay Ellenberger in the Environmental Protection Agency Office of Pesticide Programs. FULL STORY »

EPA withdraws farm database proposal

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) withdrew a proposed rule that would have required large livestock and poultry farmers to report information about their operations and undermined court decisions related to producer obligations under the Clean Water Act (CWA). FULL STORY »

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