Farm and Food News

Fewer Mid-Sized Farms in Operation

The Census of Agriculture provides statistical information that helps policymakers understand the agricultural landscape. Ultimately, it helps them design effective policy that responds to the challenges and opportunities identified. This is our second in a series of articles drilling down into the recently released 2012 Census of Agriculture’s preliminary report. Here we focus on mid-scale farms, as well as mid-age farms.

Clearing the Regulatory Waters

After a decade of uncertainty over Clean Water Act jurisdiction following Supreme Court challenges in 2001 and 2006, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers announced a forthcoming administrative rule to close enforcement loopholes, restoring protections to 20 million acres of wetlands, more than half the nation’s streams, and drinking water for 117 million Americans.

A Bright Future for Agriculture

The 2012 Census of Agriculture’s preliminary report provides a glimpse of farm data from across the country, and it holds some promising signs.  Our home state of Nebraska is illustrative. The numbers show what could be happening countrywide with the right policies and programs in place.

EPA Proposes Major Upgrade for Clean Water Rules

On March 25, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers proposed an administrative rule to close loopholes in the Clean Water Act. The loopholes left more than half of America’s streams and millions of wetland acres unprotected from pollution.

The new rules will provide much needed clarity in Clean Water Act enforcement; clarity that will be advantageous across rural and small town America.

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