Clean Water Act: Des Moines Water Works Lawsuit Revisited

Recall that back in January, a FarmPolicyNews update discussed an important legal case in Iowa that challenged the general exemption for agricultural storm water discharges under the Clean Water Act, among other issues. The Iowa Supreme Court ruled on a portion of the case in January, and earlier this month, a federal judge dismissed the case. Today's update provides a brief overview of some portions of the Iowa case and notes that water related issues still lurk in the future for agricultural producers.
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House Ag Committee Examines Livestock, Dairy Issues

Last Tuesday, the House Ag Committee’s Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture held a hearing to examine perspectives from the U.S. livestock sector. And on Wednesday, the full Committee took a closer look at economic and policy issues impacting the U.S. dairy sector. The meetings were part of the Committee’s ongoing series of hearings that are setting the stage for the next farm bill. Today's update provides a brief look at some of the highlights from the hearings last week.
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FAPRI Baseline: Financial Pressure on Farms Likely to Continue

A news release last week from the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) at the University of Missouri indicated that, "The latest analysis of national and global agricultural trends from the University of Missouri indicates continued financial pressure on United States farm sector. Good news in the report includes a modest recovery in grain prices in 2017."
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Trade: On The Minds of Farmers, and Senators

Recall that last month, at a press conference before the Senate Ag Committee's first Farm Bill hearing in Kansas, Committee Chairman Pat Roberts pointed out that, "And trade — trade is on the minds of every farmer, every rancher. And I can assure you that trade is on the minds of my Senate staff and myself."
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