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Everett Griner talks about what is put in the soil eventually ends up downstream in today’s Agri View. Hear Everett’s report and learn more. →

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The California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR)  released a revised proposal for regulating the use of agricultural pesticides near school sites and licensed child day care facilities.  The department is inviting the public to comment on the revisions during a 15-day period.

The revised draft regulation reflects extensive public input received during the most recent round of public review, which included three formal hearings and ended in December. The original proposal was issued in September 2016, after the department held a series of public workshops in five locations around the state. Continue reading

California Climate InvestmentsCalifornia climate investments is a statewide initiative that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy, and improving public health and the environment.

The Cap-and-Trade program also creates a financial incentive for industries to invest in clean technologies and develop innovative ways to reduce pollution. Continue reading

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As expected, President Donald Trump issued an executive order to repeal the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule. Agriculture groups around the nation support the move. Continue reading

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Agriculture groups respond after the U.S. Senate confirmation of Scott Pruitt to be the next administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. Continue reading

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The National Association of Conservation Districts is pleased to support legislation introduced this week in both the Senate and House to exempt America’s conservationists from unnecessary and burdensome reporting requirements.

“Farm bill and Natural Resources Conservation Service programs help American producers provide our nation with clean water and healthy soils; and yet they are made to jump through hoops to use them,” NACD President Brent Van Dyke said. “Farmers have enough to worry about taking care of their operations without having to complete arbitrary requirements that were never meant for them in the first place.” Continue reading

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The House Agriculture Committee approved two measures regarding the regulation of pesticides.

H.R. 953, the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act, would clarify Congressional intent regarding pesticide regulation in or around waters of the United States. Continue reading

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Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts announced his support Tuesday for a bill that would eliminate redundant federal permitting requirements for pesticide applications. Continue reading

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Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz filed a bill proposing to abolish the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Since 1970, the EPA has worked at the federal government level to ensure that human health and the environment are protected. However, Congressman Gaetz believes this protection can better be served by the state and by private citizens. Continue reading

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is currently accepting comments on the ecological risk assessments for pyrethroids and pyrethrins as insecticides. This evaluation is occurring as part of a registration review during which the EPA reevaluates registered pesticides to ensure they are not causing unreasonable harm to humans or the environment. Comments on the evaluation will be accepted until March 31, 2017. Continue reading

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Monsanto will appeal a ruling by a California judge allowing the state to force Monsanto to label Roundup as a possible cancer threat because it contains glyphosate. Continue reading

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Environmental groups have filed a lawsuit over the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision last year to allow the sale of Monsanto’s XtendiMax, a combination of dicamba and glyphosate. Continue reading

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President Donald Trump recently released a directive freezing all regulatory activity by federal agencies. However, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says it will not extend a 90-day comment period on the status of the Lesser Prairie Chicken under the Endangered Species Act. This is despite the expected public release of a new species population survey from the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife agencies. Continue reading

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The Donald Trump administration has ordered a freeze on grants and contracts from the Environmental Protection Agency and ordered EPA staff to halt external communications. Continue reading

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As you may recall, in 2015 an EPA contractor was doing excavation work at the Gold King Mine in Colorado, a superfund site, to determine the extent of cleanup needed. The work accidentally allowed some 3 million gallons of contaminated waste water to escape. Rivers in Colorado, New Mexico and Utah were polluted, with the waterways turning an eerie orange-yellow.
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Courtesy California Invasive Plant Council

The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has issued a final Environmental Assessment (EA) and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the release of Lasioptera donacis in the continental United States to biologically control giant reed, Arundo donax.  Based on the finding of no significant impact, we will not prepare an environmental impact statement. Continue reading

New chemical law requires the agency to look at chemicals that were grandfathered in under old law

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is moving swiftly to propose how it will prioritize and evaluate chemicals, given that the final processes must be in place within the first year of the new law’s enactment, or before June 22, 2017. Continue reading

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Syngenta agronomists are calling last year’s most noxious weed, Palmer Amaranth, the number one weed to watch for in 2017. It’s continuing to spread north into new states and shows resistance to multiple herbicide modes of action. Continue reading


USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey, discusses the condition of mountain snowpack totals in the West over the last three months.

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Over $46 million in federal funds will be awarded to 25 district-led conservation projects through the USDA Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) in 2017, setting a program record for conservation district leadership. The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) congratulates both the districts selected to lead these 25 projects and those that will play crucial support roles as partners on other RCPP projects in the new year. Continue reading

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