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Atrazine declared safe for use


EPA decision provides certainty for farmers who rely on the herbicide to control problematic weeds.

EPA Announces Interim Decision on Atrazine and Other Triazines


The Environmental Protection Agency has announced an interim decision declaring atrazine safe for continued use in controlling broadleaf weeds in corn. The next step for final approval is a biological evaluation required under the Endangered Species Act.

Electronic Filing for Annual MMP


If you have yet discovered electronic filing for the annual manure management plans and fees, try it out this year and join the 70% of producers who are taking advantage of this convenience.

Conservation compliance concerns


New rules didn't resolve many issues that farmers continued to have with the program.

The Iowa State CALT Ag Law and Tax Seminar to Take Place in September


The Iowa State CALT Agricultural Law Seminar and Farm Tax Workshop will take place Sept. 23-24, 2020. The event will be web-based this year.

DNR Recommends No Change to Water Permit Fee for 2021


The Environmental Protection Commission will consider the annual water permit fee for 2021 at its August 18 meeting. The DNR is recommending the fee to remain unchanged from last year at $95 for each permit.

USDA releases draft copy of the "Strengthening Organic Enforcement Proposed Rule"


In the proposed rule, the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) recommends amending the USDA organic regulations regarding oversight and enforcement of the production, handling, and sale of organic agricultural products.

Navigable waters protection rule goes into effect


The new rule replaces the expansive Waters of the United States, or WOTUS, rule that was repealed last year.

Court allows use of existing dicamba stocks


Farmers will be able to continue using existing stocks of three vacated dicamba herbicides this year after the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against a petition to immediately halt their use.