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  • MI Farmers React to EPA Announcement to Formally Rescind WOTUS Rule

    September 22, 2017

    Michigan farmers have actively challenged the necessity of the Obama administration’s Water of the U.S. or WOTUS Rule. Michigan Farm Bureau Associate National Legislative Counsel John Kran recently reacted to the announcement of EPA’s rescission of the rule by saying that the action “from EPA and Army Corps of Engineers is a great step forward for Michigan’s farmers."

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  • Michigan Agriculture Bills Passed Before Summer Recess

    September 11, 2017

    A set of agriculture bills to clarify ag exemptions were passed in the Michigan House before summer recess. Majority floor leader Dan Lauwers told Brownfield Ag News that one of the bills builds upon changes requested by the Department of Treasury to specify exemptions to agricultural land tile, subsurface irrigation pipe, portable grain bins and grain drying equipment, even when they are a permanently fixed part of real estate.

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  • American Farm Bureau Federation Establishes Goals for Farm Bill

    September 5, 2017

    The American Farm Bureau Federation has outlined the organization’s key objectives for the 2018 Farm Bill. It recently relayed goals and recommendations to congressional leaders in advance of the upcoming farm bill debate.

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  • National Milk Producers Federation Working to Improve Labor Challenges

    August 29, 2017 recently reported that National Milk Producers Federation President and CEO Jim Mulhern praised the work of Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) for offering an amendment to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s annual funding bill that would allow farm employers to use the H-2A visa program to hire foreign workers, regardless of whether those employees are engaged in temporary or seasonal work. 

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  • President Trump Signs the “Securing our Agriculture and Food Act”

    August 25, 2017

    President Trump recently signed the “Securing our Agriculture and Food Act” (H.R. 1238). The bill amends the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to direct the Assistant Secretary for Health Affairs for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to carry out a program to coordinate DHS efforts related to defending the food, agriculture and veterinary systems of the United States against terrorism and other high-consequence events that pose a high risk to homeland security.

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  • U.S. Court of Appeals Rules on Renewable Fuel Standard Battle

    August 21, 2017

    In July, the U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit ruled in favor of renewable fuels advocates, including the Americans for Clean Energy and the National Corn Growers Association, agreeing with the petitioners that the Environmental Protection Agency erred in how it interpreted and used the “inadequate domestic supply” waiver in the Renewable Fuel Standard law in setting low renewable fuel volumes for 2014-2016.

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