Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) unexpectedly filed an amendment to S. 493, the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technical Transfer Reauthorization Act that would pre-empt the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act.
In a major court victory for the American Farm Bureau Federation and other farm organizations, a unanimous federal court of appeals has ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency cannot require livestock farmers to apply for Clean Water Act permits unless their farms actually discharge manure into U.S. waters.
WASHINGTON, March 15, 2011 — In honor of the hard work and commitment of America’s producers, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today recognized the nation’s farmers and ranchers — as part of National Ag Day — for the part they play in providing food, fiber and fuel to billions of people worldwide.
The N.D. Senate passed the Ag in the Classroom bill — HB 1305 — this week on a vote of 45-0. The bill is now awaiting the governor’s signature.
It doesn’t happen often in Congress these days, but the House Agriculture Committee unanimously passed the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act. The legislation would make it clear that if pesticide users follow current law that regulates pesticide use, they would not also need an additional Clean Water Act permit.