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Recent decisions on 2015 WOTUS rule

6/13/2019

Two federal district courts recently issued rulings on the 2015 Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule. The rule expanded federal government authority to regulate under the Clean Water Act (CWA). Both courts ruled on procedural issues, making no determination about federal authority to adopt the rule under the CWA.

Agency given additional time to determine if monarch belongs on the endangered list

6/10/2019

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has been given an additional 18 months to decide whether the monarch butterfly requires Endangered Species Act (ESA) protection

EPA finalizes EPCR rule exempting farms

6/10/2019

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler last week signed a final rule clarifying that reporting air emissions from animal waste at farms is not required under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA).

DNR Derelict Building Grant Program makes awards to 13 rural communities

5/23/2019

The DNR Derelict Building Grant Program will award grants to 13 small, rural Iowa communities to help deconstruct or renovate abandoned structures, remove asbestos and limit construction and demolition materials going to the landfill.

Court cases show that livestock belongs

5/14/2019

Two recent jury verdicts in Iowa illustrate that responsible livestock production fits well in the state.

Iowa livestock farmers can count on CSIF

5/14/2019

Iowa livestock farmers, both young and more experienced, can count on support from the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers, or CSIF

New water rule provides clarity for farmers, IFBF says

4/22/2019

The federal government’s proposed new Clean Water Rule goes a long way toward providing clarity and certainty for farmers

Iowa DNR proposes 2019-2020 resident deer hunting rules

4/12/2019

The Natural Resource Commission gave its initial approve to the 2019 resident deer hunting rules. Statewide, the overall proposed county antlerless quotas increase by 3,525. The addition of Winneshiek County brings the total number of counties authorized for a January antlerless-only deer season to five. The NRC will likely give its final approval at its June 13 meeting.

NRCS grants conservation compliance waivers in federal disaster counties

4/12/2019

Iowa NRCS is allowing automatic one-year conservation compliance waivers for ephemeral gully erosion for producers in the counties that have received presidential disaster declarations.

Governor to decide statewide weight limit for ag sprayers

3/27/2019

The Iowa legislature has voted to let three-wheeled vehicles used to spray farm fields carry up to 25,000 pounds of chemicals or nutrients on Iowa highways.

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