Agricultural News

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.

Farm talks open with optimism

By David Rogers – Politico – October 30, 2013

Ending years of painful delays, House-Senate talks began on a new farm bill Wednesday, with renewed promises to finally complete the task by the end of December. “We can do it, we have to do it,” said House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) “There are 16 million men and women whose jobs rely on the strength of agriculture,” echoed his Senate counterpart, Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.). “I am confident we won’t let them down. For full story, click here.

Ag: Farm bill chugs along with passage of food stamps cut

By Amanda Peterka– EE News – September 20, 2013

The House yesterday voted 217-210, mostly along party lines, to pass a bill that would cut $40 billion from the national food stamp program over the next decade, a move that brings a five-year reauthorization of farm, conservation and energy programs one step closer to final passage. For full story, click here.

In efforts to curb pollution from ag operations, is RCRA the new CWA?

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.

Minnesota wetlands losing out to framrs

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.

Farm Bureau Seeks Ruling on Farmyard Stormwater

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.