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ASWM is keeping an eye on the development of the 2012 Farm Bill. On this page you can find updates on the Farm Bill as well as agricultural news in the context of wetlands and related issues. For Farm Bill 2012 resources on the web, click here.

Minnesota wetlands losing out to framrs
Monday, 05 August 2013 00:00

By Josephine Marcotty – Star Tribune – August 2, 2013

In just five years, Minnesota has lost 312 square miles of valuable wetlands and the natural vegetation that surrounds them — an area about 5.7 times the size of Minneapolis — reducing a resource that provides vital habitat for waterfowl, minimizes floods and keeps agricultural chemicals out of rivers and streams. Between 2008 and 2012, rural landowners nationwide plowed up 11,300 square miles of wetlands and highly erodible land, most likely because of the high payouts that come with federally subsidized crop insurance, according to an analysis of land use trends released Tuesday. For full story, click here.

In efforts to curb pollution from ag operations, is RCRA the new CWA?
Tuesday, 30 July 2013 04:23

By Brian Glass – Warren Glass Law  July 8, 2013

Agriculture is a major source of pollution for a number of our nation’s impaired waters, including the Chesapeake Bay.  For that reason, government agencies and environmental organizations have targeted agricultural operations as part of their clean water enforcement initiatives.  However, recent efforts to use the enforcement provisions of the Clean Water Act to address pollution from agricultural operations have been, to put it mildly, a disaster. For full article, click here.

Farm bill 2013: House narrowly passes pared-back version
Monday, 15 July 2013 14:21

By David Rogers – POLITICO – July 11, 2013

The House narrowly passed a pared-back farm bill Thursday after Republican leaders stripped out the nutrition title — affecting food stamps and local food banks — to win back conservative votes. The 216-208 roll call avoids a repeat of last month’s embarrassing collapse and for the first time in a year will allow House-Senate talks on a final farm package. For full story, click here.

Farm Bureau Seeks Ruling on Farmyard Stormwater
Tuesday, 02 July 2013 11:19

Wisconsin Ag Connection – July 2, 2013

The American Farm Bureau Federation asked the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia to determine that livestock and poultry farmers do not need Clean Water Act discharge permits for ordinary stormwater runoff from their farmyards. The joint motion, filed by AFBF, West Virginia Farm Bureau and West Virginia poultry farmer Lois Alt, would garner a big win for farmers nationwide if the court rules in their favor. For full story, click here.

Food Stamps Spells Doom for the Farm Bill in the House
Friday, 21 June 2013 14:55

By Jerry Hagstrom National Journal – June 20, 2013

Until only a few minutes before the vote on final passage of the farm bill Thursday, it looked like the carefully crafted, bipartisan measure would make it through the House. Then, shortly after the House voted 227-198 for an amendment sponsored by Rep. Steve Southerland, R-Fla., to give states the option of imposing work requirements on recipients of food stamps, a kind of sick buzz filled the chamber and House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas, R-Okla., moved to the front of the room to speak. For full story, click here

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