John Block: Sound Science

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block Last week on Saturday, it was Earth Day.  I always thought of Earth Day as a celebration of the earth with its natural beauty and, of course, the food and crops it provides to feed everything living – especia… Read More
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The Peat Goes On: Supreme Court Holds Wetlands Jurisdictional Determinations Are Appealable

Peat miners, golfers, and landowners with real property containing or adjacent to Waters of the United States will benefit greatly from the Supreme Court’s May 31st decision in U.S. Army Corps of Engineers v. Hawkes Co., Inc.  Hawkes resolved whet… Read More
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John Block: EPA Overreach

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block There they go again. The EPA has threatened to impose a fine of $37,500 per day on farmer Andy Johnson of Fort Bridger, Wyoming. Mr. Johnson’s offense is that he built a pond for his horses and cattle on his… Read More
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The Next Dietary Guidelines Debate

By Marshall L. Matz and Nathaniel B. Fretz, as published by Agri-Pulse There is a new question surrounding the Dietary Guidelines for Americans now being drafted for release in 2015. The question is whether the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committe… Read More
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Court Ruffles EPA’s Feathers: Poultry Producer Suit Permitted to Proceed Despite Withdrawal of Administrative Compliance Order

A District Court judge in West Virginia is forcing EPA to defend a challenge to a now-withdrawn Administrative Compliance Order (“ACO”) related to “dust and feather” discharges from a broiler facility.  In one of the first post-Sackett chall… Read More
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PCAST Report

Today, the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) released its Report to the President on Agricultural Preparedness and the Agriculture Research Enterprise.  The report outlines the importance of agricultural research as… Read More
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Eight Isn't Enough: American Farm Bureau Permitted to Intervene In WV Poultry Dust Suit against EPA

On October 9, 2012, a federal judge in Elkins, West Virginia, issued an order allowing the American Farm Bureau Federation and the West Virginia Farm Bureau (Farm Bureau) to intervene in a lawsuit filed by a West Virginia poultry producer against th… Read More
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A Double Espresso Morning

It’s a busy day here and I’m wishing for an IV espresso drip and a neural Twitter implant.  I’m following the Federal Trade Commision (FTC) Pet Meds webcast and the Food and Drug Law Institute (FDLI) Advertising and Promotion Workshop while my… Read More
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California Court Decision May Have Major Implications for Farmers Using Drain Tiles

A federal judge in the Eastern District of California recently held that certain crop and forage operations that utilize subsurface drain tiles may be required to obtain a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit.  In Pacific C… Read More
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