Author Archives: Trista Crossly

CFTC gives farmers, elevators break on record keeping

From Agri-Pulse Farmers, ranchers and grain elevator operators who use the commodity futures market to manage risk are getting relief from some record-keeping requirements. Under a final rule approved today by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, certain participants in the commodities markets will not have keep written pre-trade communications or records transmitted via text messages regarding transactions that lead to the execution of ... Read More »

Drought impacts on Washington’s wheat crop

In response to a question by the Washington Department of Agriculture, WAWG’s Executive Director Michelle Hennings and the Washington Grain Commission CEO Glen Squires put together some information regarding the impact the drought had on the past two wheat crops. For wheat, both 2014 and 2015 had decreased precipitation levels in Eastern Washington, roughly 33 percent less than average levels. Because of ... Read More »

GMO labeling fight set to rekindle in January

From Agri-Pulse Lawmakers are pledging to re-double efforts to pass legislation early next year to block state GMO labeling laws and set national disclosure standards. The industry wanted to get a bill attached to the must-pass fiscal 2016 spending agreement that congressional leaders reached on Tuesday, but talks stalled and Senate Democrats stopped even a temporary preemption measure from being included.   ... Read More »

EPA broke law by using web to promote WOTUS, GAO finds

From Agri-Pulse EPA violated restrictions on using appropriations for grassroots lobbying when it employed social media to promote the proposed Clean Water Rule, the Government Accountability Office said in a legal opinion Application of the rule, also known as “WOTUS” for “waters of the United States,” has been stayed by federal courts, and language prohibiting the rule’s implementation has become an ... Read More »

Supreme Court to resolve Clean Water Act confusion

From the Capital Press The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to decide if landowners can legally challenge whether their properties are subject to the federal Clean Water Act. The nation’s highest court will review a case about whether a landowner can fight in court against a “jurisdictional determination” by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that a property is subject ... Read More »

USDA to require permit for GE wheat field trials

From Agri-Pulse USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced today that as of Jan. 1, it will require developers of genetically engineered wheat varieties to apply for permits before conducting field trials. The agency told stakeholders its decision to employ a “more stringent permit process” – over the current notification process – “will provide added protection that GE wheat ... Read More »

House votes to reauthorize Surface Transportation Board

From Agri-Pulse Key farm and industry stakeholders applauded the House’s Thursday passage of a bill to reauthorize the Surface Transportation Board (STB) – the federal railroad regulatory agency. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, introduced the bill (S 808) to “help address the uncertainty encountered by businesses and agriculture producers who are ... Read More »

GMO labeling fix to be top priority in January, Stabenow says

From Agri-Pulse With chances for a year-end deal on GMO labeling all but gone, the top Democrat on the Senate Agriculture Committee said it would be a top priority early next year.   “I think it will be the first thing we have to work on in January,” Debbie Stabenow of Michigan told Agri-Pulse on recently. Read the rest of the story ... Read More »

NRCS delays overhaul of CSP until 2017 sign up

From Agri-Pulse USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) says its plan to have a new and improved Conservation Stewardship Program up and running by January has been delayed. Now, the CSP’s new features won’t be fully rolled out until the beginning of 2017. Mark Rose, the acting deputy chief of programs with NRCS, told Agri-Pulse Tuesday that implementation of the CSP upgrades ... Read More »

Washington is actually doing quite a bit to protect the environment

From the Association of Washington Business Last week, shortly before he took off for Paris and the global climate summit, Gov. Jay Inslee met with members of AWB’s Executive Committee. The meeting provided an opportunity for a frank and informal discussion that might have touched on a half dozen or more issues, but it was clear that both the governor and ... Read More »