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Secretary of Agriculture choice not as difficult as farm policy


When the bitter cold began spreading over rural America last month, the parlor guessing game around many a wood stove was guessing who President-elect Donald J. Trump would name as secretary of agriculture. But the time for that game has passed. The past three presidents all named their ag bosses by the end of the… Continue Reading

Farmers and ranchers get their privacy back

Privacy was the winner in a Court of Appeals case a few days ago in the 8th U.S. Circuit with a unanimous ruling against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. A three-judge panel ruled against EPA’s practice of collecting private information from farmers and ranchers and then turning it over to environmental activists and others who request it through the Freedom… Continue Reading

JBS to Pay $2 Million in PA Water Pollution Case

JBS USA and the Department of Justice (DOJ) reached a settlement last week over one of the company’s plants’ alleged failure to comply with the Clean Water Act and the Pennsylvania Clean Streams Law, which government officials say caused major fish kills in Pennsylvania waterways. The agreement requires JBS, which purchased the facility from Smithfield… Continue Reading

Settlement in CAFO Clean Water Act Case

Environmental groups and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reached a settlement yesterday requiring the agency to propose a rule on greater information gathering on factory farms, otherwise known as concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs). The rule, to be proposed within 12 months, would require the 20,000 or so domestic factory farms to report information like… Continue Reading

AgriBeef Pays for Clean Water Act Violations

Washington Beef, a slaughterhouse in central Washington, agreed last week to pay $750,000 in civil penalties for allegedly violating the Clean Water Act between 2003 and 2009. In addition to the monetary penalty, Washington Beef will install several pieces of new waste water treatment equipment which are expected to cost the beef company up to… Continue Reading