USDA’s Farm Service Agency makes loans to family farms that are categorically exempt (“CatEx”) from the National Environmental Policy Act (“NEPA”), which permits agencies to make such exemptions.

Since 2016, the FSA has extended that exemption for loan actions to medium-sized “concentrated animal feeding operations” (“CAFOs”).

But in a “down

Continue Reading Federal Judge blocks break for medium-sized factory farms

Animal and environmental organizations, joined by several rural community activists, want a U.S. District Court judge to strike down Obama-era regulations that give a break to smaller mid-sized concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs).

Beryl A. Howell, chief judge for District of Columbia, is hearing the case, filed against USDA and
Continue Reading 3-year old break for medium-sized CAFOs gets challenged in D.C. court