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  • Gary Baise

    Water Police, Part Three: EPA's Definition of 'Tributary'

    Defending Agriculture

     by Gary Baise
     on April 14, 2014

    If you missed parts one and two of this discussion about EPA Clean Water Act regulations, view EPA's Water Police, Part One: Coming to Your Farm? and Water Police, Part Two: EPA Proposal Won't Help Ag EPA Administrator, Gina McCarthy, commenting on the new definition of what constitutes a water of the United States says, "To be clear: our proposal does not add to or expand the scope of waters historically protected under the Clean Water Act." Well, as Ronald Reagan would…

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  • Gary Baise

    Water Police, Part Two: EPA Proposal Won't Help Ag

    Defending Agriculture

     by Gary Baise
     on April 8, 2014

    If you missed part one of this discussion about EPA Clean Water Act regulations, view EPA's Water Police, Part One: Coming to Your Farm? The Drovers Cattle Network reprinted my comments regarding the EPA and Corps of Engineers' new definition of "Waters of the United States." A reader took umbrage at my reference to "ill-informed politicians" who attacked EPA's proposed land grab of private property. The reader suggested I too should read EPA's proposed…

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  • Gary Baise

    EPA's Water Police, Part One: Coming to Your Farm?

    Defending Agriculture

     by Gary Baise
     on April 1, 2014

    I just returned from Germany and Poland and was startled to discover the regulatory control the European Union exercises over its farmers and agriculture. This should not be a surprise, however, when a farmer has the EU paying one-half the cost of his tractor and/or farm equipment. In eastern Germany, we were also regaled with stories about the old communist government ordering planting on days it was raining. Unfortunately we are headed in the same direction here. The EPA has just released…

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  • Gary Baise

    A Ban On Genetically Engineered Crops?

    Defending Agriculture

     by Gary Baise
     on March 3, 2014

    "Despite a quarter century of promises, agricultural biotechnology has yet to provide any concrete advancements towards reducing world hunger, ameliorating global malnutrition, combating…, creating miracle drugs through GE [genetically engineered] plants or animals, or climate change." (WRONG!) On February 25, 2014, this statement was made by the Center for Food Safety, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, Beyond Pesticides, and Center for Biological Diversity in…

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  • Gary Baise

    Will EPA Regulate All Water?

    Defending Agriculture

     by Gary Baise
     on February 20, 2014

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is pushing to control the waters of the United States. And at least one political leader is pushing back. "To let EPA begin to regulate all waters of the United States would have devastating impacts on rural towns, farmers and local governments," says Congressman Mike Simpson, R-Idaho.  His proposed legislation, called the Defense of Environment and Property Act of 2013, is an effort to stop EPA from regulating virtually all water bodies…

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  • Gary Baise

    Poultry Cage Laws Create Scrambled Eggs

    Defending Agriculture

     by Gary Baise
     on February 11, 2014

    Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster is standing up for all of agriculture in a lawsuit filed on Feb. 3, 2014. He claims California is violating the Commerce and Supremacy Clauses of the United States Constitution by forcing Missouri egg producers to follow California's rules on producing eggs. You may recall California voters, at the insistence of a coalition of the Humane Society of the U.S., Sierra Club of California, Consumer Federation of America and Farm Sanctuary, passed…

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  • Gary Baise

    Pricey Farm Bill Mired in Food Stamp Debate

    Defending Agriculture

     by Gary Baise
     on February 3, 2014

    The U.S. House of Representatives has passed the Farm Bill. Conservatives in Washington are outraged at the profligate spending. The Heritage Foundation, a leading conservative think tank, said, "You Won't Believe What's in the $1 Trillion Farm Bill Disaster." Heritage says the Farm Bill is filled with central planning policies, handouts to special interests and wasteful spending and claims the taxpayers, the poor and consumers are the losers. Heritage states the Farm Bill is…

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  • Gary Baise

    EPA 'Connectivity' to Your Farm and Ranch

    Defending Agriculture

     by Gary Baise
     on January 27, 2014

    Since September, 2013, a number of organizations and writers have been describing a ticking time bomb coming from EPA to be delivered to all landowners. EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have sent a draft regulation to the White House which looks like another EPA grab for power over all the surface water and ground water in the U.S. Every environmental group appears to be enthusiastically behind EPA.  Apparently EPA proposes to control water runoff in the U.S.  Readers need to…

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  • Gary Baise

    Another Bull's-eye on Farmland Owners

    Defending Agriculture

     by Gary Baise
     on January 21, 2014

    Watch the government bureaucrats in December of any year. The Government Accountability Office issued a report (CLEAN WATER ACT –Changes Needed if Key EPA Program if to Help Fulfill the Nation's Water Quality Goals) in late December, 2013, which will put another EPA bull's-eye on farmland and ranch operators and owners. GAO says "…more than 25 years after Congress amended it [Clean Water Act]…to institute a program to control nonpoint source pollution, a…

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  • Gary Baise

    OSHA's Grain Bin Gambit: Is It Legal?

    Defending Agriculture

     by Gary Baise
     on January 13, 2014

    On July 16, 2007, Richard E. Fairfax, OSHA's Director, Directorate of Enforcement Programs, wrote to a firm in Baton Rouge, La. The firm had asked if "The Appropriations Act exempts small farming operations from enforcement of all rules, regulations, standards or orders under the Occupational Safety and Health Act." It also asked if a farming operation is exempt from all Occupational Safety and Health Act activities if it employs 10 or fewer individuals. Mr. Fairfax said…

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