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Sugarbeet Growers Use The Off Season To Talk With Lawmakers
Sugarbeet Growers Use The Off Season To Talk With Lawmakers
Sugarbeet Growers Use The Off Season To Talk With Lawmakers
With warmer weather in the weeks ahead, sugarbeet growers will focus more on their fields and the 2023 crop.  But that doesn’t mean things have been quiet since harvest.  Samantha Parrott, Executive Director of the Snake River Sugarbeet Growers Association, says their growers have been hard at work over recent months advocating for issues vital to the ag industry, both at the state and federal lev
PNW House Members Vote To Repeal WOTUS
PNW House Members Vote To Repeal WOTUS
PNW House Members Vote To Repeal WOTUS
The U.S. House voted last week to repeal, on a largely symbolic 227-198 vote, the EPA’s controversial WOTUS rule.  The Senate could follow suit as soon as this week.  Democrats argued clean water is a human right that will suffer with the GOP’s move.  However nine Democrats, inclu...
OWRD Seeks Public Input For Harney Groundwater Rulemaking
OWRD Seeks Public Input For Harney Groundwater Rulemaking
OWRD Seeks Public Input For Harney Groundwater Rulemaking
Over the past couple of years, demand for water in the Harney Basin has increased while groundwater levels in the region have decreased.  Now the Oregon Water Resources Department is slated to begin rulemaking which intends to address those declining groundwater levels in the basin.   ...
USDA Unveils Investments for Addressing Water Supply Challenges
USDA Unveils Investments for Addressing Water Supply Challenges
USDA Unveils Investments for Addressing Water Supply Challenges
On Monday, the Department of Agriculture announced new investments and strategies to help farmers and ranchers conserve water, address climate change and build drought resilience in the West.  The effort is through the Western Water and Working Lands Framework for Conservation Action to address key water and land management challenges across 17 Western States.  The fra...
Fagan: Oregon Must Address Water Insecurities
Fagan: Oregon Must Address Water Insecurities
Fagan: Oregon Must Address Water Insecurities
A new report from the Oregon Secretary of State’s Office reveals big gaps in the state’s management of water resources.  Secretary Shemia Fagan said this basic human need is at risk.   "Our federally recognized tribes are unable to ensure that their people have access to clean water, and across the state we are not immune to the mega-drought that is incapacitating other parts of the western U
Groups File Legal Challenges to New WOTUS Rule
Groups File Legal Challenges to New WOTUS Rule
Groups File Legal Challenges to New WOTUS Rule
The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, American Farm Bureau Federation, and 16 other farm and builders’ groups are not waiting around for the Supreme Court to clarify the definition of WOTUS.  NCBA, AFBF, and others filed a lawsuit in federal court against the Biden EPA last week for its final WOTUS rule.   The NCBA’s C...
EPA Finalizes WOTUS Definition
EPA Finalizes WOTUS Definition
EPA Finalizes WOTUS Definition
The Biden EPA has issued a final rewrite of Trump-era WOTUS reforms, and farm groups like National Cattlemen are not happy.  NCBA Chief Counsel Mary-Thomas Hart said the Biden Administration’s final Waters of the U.S. rule is tainted.   “The r...

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