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…

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. intersection of public private illustrationA 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…

Is milk as dangerous as oil? Many would tell you not to cry over spilled milk, but if you are a dairy farmer you may have reason to shed a few tears. Dairy farmers may become subject to a 2002 update to the landmark 1970s Clean Water Act that requires them to possess the same spill prevention abilities …

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 …

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 …

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 …

National Drinking Water Week kicked off yesterday–a day when water quality and safety was top of mind for many Americans due to continued leakage of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.

And while most news focused on ocean water, the American Water Works Association gave the annual weekly observance a theme of “Only Tap Water …

Last week, Congressman Jim Oberstar (D-MN) introduced new legislation into the House of Representatives that would fix the Clean Water Act after it was damaged by two Supreme Court rulings.

The Supreme Court rulings, which were issued in 2001 and 2006, impair the ability of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to enforce the Clean Water …

According to reports from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the New York Times, the drinking water of about 117 million Americans could be subjected to widespread pollution.

Yesterday, the New York Times reported that Supreme Court rulings over the last decade have caused an erosion of the 1972 Clean Water Act, leading thousands of …