The pending Clean Water Act rule has him worried about the isolated, standing waters on his farm, which could conceivably be part of a significant nexus including larger bodies of water under the proposed rule.
The climate in their area is semi-arid, with annual precipitation of 16-17 inches. Their land falls on a web of small, ephemeral streams that flow only during heavy rains. Yet those streams would be deemed as waters of the U.S. under the new Clean Water Act rule proposed by Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved the use of Enlist Duo herbicide and currently will limit its release to six states, the agency announced last Wednesday. An agency official said the herbicide likely would become more widely available in the coming years.
Members of EPA scientific advisory boards (SABs) have been asked not to talk to the press even though policy allows them to do so, a handful of science and journalism groups said in a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and other agency officials.
As critics contend a proposed Clean Water Act rule will extend EPA’s authority over water in ditches and that the rule will be open to inconsistent enforcement, one agriculture industry representative told a House subcommittee last Tuesday that at least one EPA region already is looking closely at ditches as point-sources in need of CWA permits.
Midwest corn ethanol’s possible inroads into a potential 1.4-billion gallon California market suffered its biggest defeat yet when the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) announced last Monday it would not hear a case brought by the industry against the state’s lowcarbon fuel standard.
If U.S. ethanol and agriculture industry officials have been holding back at all on their frustrations about restricted market access to Europe and an oil industry full-court press to scale back the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), they let it all loose last Tuesday.
Twenty-one states have asked an appeals court to invalidate a previous federal court ruling that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has the authority to implement a so-called pollution diet to reduce nutrient runoff into the Chesapeake Bay..
Researchers have found that an enzyme discovered more than a decade ago can digest cellulose in cellulosicethanol feedstocks such as switch grass, corn stover and wheat straw twice as fast as any enzyme currently on the commercial market, a scientist at the U.
Hundreds of farmers in Iowa, Kansas and other states already have signed feedstock supply contracts to provide biomass to nextgeneration biofuels production companies in recent years as the cellulosic ethanol industry draws near to launching commercial production.
A California judge dismissed a lawsuit Monday, Sept. 16, that challenged agriculture’s long-held exemption as a pollution point-source in the Clean Water Act, according to a ruling handed down by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California.
Yet as several cellulosic ethanol companies that use corn stover stand on the verge of commercializing their operations across the Corn Belt and as seed companies work to continue boosting average corn yields in coming years, it won’t be long before producers become intimately familiar with a new set of buzzwords: “residue management.
Ron Kaiser, professor of water law and policy at Texas A&M, said the state’s ruleof-capture gives landowners the right to pump water from below their property unabated. That has made it difficult to get all water districts on board with conservation..
The American Petroleum Institute (API) ratcheted up pressure on federal officials Monday to repeal the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and announced a national advertising campaign designed to build support for repeal of the RFS.
The Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) and the Pesticide Action Network North America have asked for a two-week extension of a May 22 deadline to file an amended complaint after the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California dismissed the case on April 22 following a U.
Production agriculture’s reach for higher profits in response to the recent commodity boom is to blame for a depletion of grasslands in the western Corn Belt and diminishing populations of native birds in North America and Europe, according to two studies released in last week.
A group of experts speaking at the National Ethanol Conference on Wednesday, Feb. 6, said the rubber is about to meet the road in the next two years—when corn ethanol’s 15-billion-gallon cap set in the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) becomes a reality..
A U.S. bankruptcy court in Michigan is set to auction off, on Feb. 5, assets worth tens of millions of dollars, including hundreds of unexpired land leases from Decatur, MIbased Stamp Farms LLC following the farm’s filing for Chapter 11 protection in November.