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Friday, January 30,2015

Biofuels producers urged to tell their story, fight for RFS

by Todd Neeley - DTN
Rick Santorum, former U.S. senator, 2012 Republican presidential candidate and potential 2016 presidential candidate, took a swipe at a group of potential candidates who were in Iowa this week for Representative’s Steve King’s “Iowa Freedom Summit,” but declined IRFA’s outreach.

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Friday, January 23,2015

Capital gains proposal

by Todd Neeley - DTN
“We had a farm crisis in the 1980s and Chapter 12 was renewed,” he said. “It allowed family farms to reorganize their operations. It’s proved successful to help bankers and farmers work it out. I wrote Chapter 12 without capital gains jeopardizing that reorganization.

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Friday, January 23,2015

Ag keeps eye on EPA policies, ESA reform, pesticide lawsuit

by Todd Neeley - DTN
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will try to make sense of nearly 800,000 public comments in finalizing the Waters of the U.S. rule (WOTUS) early in 2015. Ag groups and others opposed to the rule question whether EPA can make a serious effort to respond to concerns within six months after the public comment period closed in November.

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Friday, January 23,2015

Suing, settling criticisms

by Todd Neeley - DTN
Farmers and agriculture interest groups across the country have raised concerns about a seemingly growing number of lawsuits filed by environmental groups aimed at agriculture and other industries during the Obama administration beginning in 2008.

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Monday, December 29,2014

Producers concerned about evolving resistance

by Todd Neeley - DTN
A number of technology developers have stepped up efforts in the past decade to commercialize seed and chemical combinations to overcome weed resistance, but farmers indicated in their answers to those conducting the survey that they’re unsure where the battle will lead.

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Friday, December 5,2014

Data still not secure: EPA does not address ag privacy concerns

by Todd Neeley - DTN
Despite outcry from ag interest groups following the release of farmers’ personal information to environmental groups and others early in 2013, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said last Monday the agency won’t try to keep permit details confidential under a proposal to require more data be sent to it electronically.

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Friday, November 7,2014

Proposed Clean Water Act rule could affect entire farm

by Todd Neeley - DTN
Plat maps of the area northwest of Willow Lake show nothing but farmland near the center of what is now another prairie pothole lake. The area was drier in the 1970s, and this spot on the Vandersnick’s land was a small marsh from which cattails could be baled for hay.

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Friday, November 7,2014

Tiling farmland could face challenges under WOTUS

by Todd Neeley - DTN
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.

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Friday, November 7,2014

Family looks for CWA clarification as ephemeral streams cover ranch

by Todd Neeley - DTN
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.

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Friday, October 17,2014

Dow Enlist Duo approved

by Todd Neeley - DTN
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.

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