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Comments are due October 5th, 2020.
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.
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.
The new rule replaces the expansive Waters of the United States, or WOTUS, rule that was repealed last year.
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.
Farm Bureau and other ag groups push to keep court from halting use of existing supplies.
EPA allows farmers to use existing supplies of the dicamba herbicides through July 31.
To help farmers and ranchers overcome barriers to participating in voluntary carbon markets, the bipartisan Growing Climate Solutions Act, introduced recently, would establish a U.S. Department of Agriculture certification program for the private parties that farmers work with to generate and sell their carbon credits.
The DNR is offering a grant opportunity to food banks, food pantries and nonprofits to help address food waste by expanding storage and cold storage of donated food.
The DNR's Natural Resource Commission approved the final Iowa resident deer hunting rule for the 2020-21 season, with no discussion. The final rule is unchanged from what was proposed by the DNR staff in March.