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EPA veteran to return as head of agency's Midwest region

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) veteran Jim Gulliford, who enjoys bipartisan support, return to serve as Region seven administrator, a position he held from 2001 to 2006, EPA announced October 12. The region spans the Midwest, covering Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and nine tribal nations.
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Supreme Court mulls WOTUS rule review

Legal challenges to a regulation describing the reach of the federal water quality law could sprout up in district courts across the country unless the US Supreme Court steps in, the federal government warned, according to Bloomberg.
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USDA again temporarily suspends continuous CRP signup

Approval of new offers made under the continuous Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) signup has again been temporarily suspended until sometime later in Fiscal 2018, according to USDA, and the processing of pending offers made before September 30 is currently underway.

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USDA Radio Newsline: October 6, 2017

USDA radio items on a shift in drought coverage shift, data collection for upcoming crop reports, farm conservation impacts on Lake Erie water quality, pear production declines and e-commerce in the grocery business.
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Northey, Ibach sail through confirmation hearing for USDA posts

Bill Northey and Greg Ibach are set to take their new positions at USDA later this month after the two had a uneventful confirmation hearing Thursday before the Senate Ag Committee.

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USDA starts making safety net, CRP payments

USDA is in the process of making some $9.6 billion in payments to eligible producers participating in the 2014 Farm Bill safety net programs for commodities and the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP).

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EPA veteran to return as head of agency's Midwest region

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) veteran Jim Gulliford, who enjoys bipartisan support, return to serve as Region seven administrator, a position he held from 2001 to 2006, EPA announced October 12. The region spans the Midwest, covering Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and nine tribal nations.
US Agricultural Policy EPA

Supreme Court mulls WOTUS rule review

Legal challenges to a regulation describing the reach of the federal water quality law could sprout up in district courts across the country unless the US Supreme Court steps in, the federal government warned, according to Bloomberg.
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EPA's Pruitt: New WOTUS rule to come in first quarter 2018

A new version of the Waters of the US (WOTUS) rule will now not likely come until the first quarter of 2018, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Scott Pruitt.

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Pesticide registration bill negotiations at an impasse in Senate

Negotiations to revive a stalled Senate bill extending the authorization for industry funded pesticide reviews – the Pesticide Registration Improvement Extension Act of 2017 (PRIA) – are not seeing much progress.
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EPA adds 26 states to Harvey-linked E15 waiver

Impacts to Gulf Coast-area refineries and disruptions in the fuel-distribution system has prompted the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to add 26 states to the waiver allowing sales of gasoline containing up to 15 percent ethanol.

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New biofuel exemption prospects spur oil giant concern

Relaxed biofuel blending requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) may be in store for small oil refineries nationwide following a recent court decision and new congressional direction for regulators.

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Farm Policy & Programs

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Farmdoc Daily: Comparison of 2016 ARC-CO and PLC payments

Following are highlights of an item released by Farmdoc Daily comparing 2016 Agricultural Risk Coverage - County Coverage (ARC-CO) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) payments, authored by Nick Paulson, Gary Schnitkey, Jonathan Coppess and Carl Zulauf:
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USDA Radio Newsline: October 12, 2017

USDA radio items on the latest crop production estimates, record combined corn and soybean acreage, hurricane impacts on cotton and citrus crops, global wheat production, walnut and almond production and NAFTA talks.
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Only incremental acreage rise in October FSA data

US producers reported planting 87.301 million acres of corn, 88.712 million acres of soybeans, 43.189 million acres of wheat and 12.155 million acres of upland cotton for harvest in 2017, according to data released by the Farm Service Agency (FSA).

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Calendar of key events and reports: October 16-22, 2017

The latest round of NAFTA 2.0 talks continue early this week with the Senate back in Washington while the House is out until the week of October 23. US-Japan economic discussions take place this week in Washington with the Commerce Department set to issue their preliminary take on antidumping duty investigations regarding biodiesel imports from Argentina and Indonesia.

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USDA again temporarily suspends continuous CRP signup

Approval of new offers made under the continuous Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) signup has again been temporarily suspended until sometime later in Fiscal 2018, according to USDA, and the processing of pending offers made before September 30 is currently underway.

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Northey, Ibach sail through confirmation hearing for USDA posts

Bill Northey and Greg Ibach are set to take their new positions at USDA later this month after the two had a uneventful confirmation hearing Thursday before the Senate Ag Committee.

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