October 10, 2015

Stay Granted Nationwide on WOTUS

A federal appeals panel has issued a nationwide stay on the EPA’s Waters of the U.S. rule, suspending the rule’s implementation in the 37 states that were outside of an earlier ruling.

In August, a federal judge in North Dakota issued a preliminary injunction blocking implementation of WOTUS in 13 states –  just one day before its scheduled August 28 implementation date.

This ruling is the first nationwide action to stay the rule.  Based in Cincinnati, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has appellate jurisdiction over district courts in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee.
The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association said the decision will stop the EPA from implementing a “disastrous rule.”  “This is great news for cattlemen and women and all land users.”
American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman said he was pleased that the court recognized the rule’s “serious flaws.”


Corn Stalk Concerns for Harvest

The short term weather forecast calls for additional dry and mild conditions for field activity in the Midwest, Northern Plains, and Canadian Prairies. Light showers over the weekend could produce a few minor, localized delays.

As growers start getting into their corn harvest – area field experts say issues with weak corn stalks are cropping up.

We visited with DuPont Pioneer account manager Cole Cotton – he covers Central/Western South Dakota.

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For soybeans, Cotton estimated the harvest in his territory was about 60 percent complete as of this past week – while growers were just beginning on corn.

Jon Farris is an account manager for Pioneer based in Mitchell, South Dakota…

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Concerned producers should scout their fields to determine any challenges and what fields should be a priority.


Audio – The Sales Pitch for TPP

The President traveled to USDA headquarters on Tuesday to accompany Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack in a meeting with private business folks to deliver a sales pitch in support of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement.

On a press call Tuesday afternoon, Vilsack talked about the potential boost in agriculture exports that will develop thanks to lower tariffs on a broad array of items.

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Beyond tariffs, the agreement also addresses sanitary and phytosanitary barriers to U.S. products that may not be based on sound science.

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Several agricultural groups have praised negotiators for finalizing the deal, but many are waiting to analyze and understand the full details before declaring outright support.

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One of the biggest obstacles during negotiations was market access for U.S. dairy products into Canada and Japan.

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According to some early reports, the deal could allow more U.S. dairy product imports into Canada that will equal about 3.25% of the Canadian milk supply.

Congress is expected to get the legal documents for the deal sometime this week, and then lawmakers will have 30 days to review them before the agreement is made public.

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The next step will be a full economic review of the deal by the U.S. International Trade Commission. The agency has up to 105 days to complete that work.

Given the timeline and the building election season in the U.S., some pundits don’t expect a Congressional vote on the deal until after the elections in the lame duck session of Congress.

One of the quickest criticisms of the trade deal after it was announced was the absence of language addressing currency manipulation.