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GRASSLEY MAY ASK PRUITT TO RESIGN OVER ETHANOL

Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley Tuesday said he will ask EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to quit if he continues to undermine President Donald Trump’s commitment to the RFS. After a reporter told the senator that the Trump administration intends to cut back on RFS waivers to oil refineries, Grassley said, “Well, they better or I’m going… read more

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SENATORS TARGET EPA

A bipartisan group of 13 farm state senators Tuesday sent a letter to the EPA asking the agency to stop issuing waivers that allow oil refiners to sidestep biofuels blending obligations. Led by Sens. Chuck Grassley and Amy Klobuchar, the group also asked the EPA for a list of all refiners who have received the… read more

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DICAMBA TRAINING SESSIONS BEGIN TODAY

Free dicamba training sessions for farmers and other applicators begin today and continue through winter. The EPA recently classified three dicamba-based herbicides as “restricted use,” which allows only certified applicators with special training and those under their supervision to apply it. A training schedule and registration tool are available online. (FarmWeekNow.com)

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TRUMP ORDERS EPA CHIEF TO BACK RFS

President Donald Trump has reportedly kept a key campaign promise to protect the nation’s Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS), ordering U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to abandon a last-minute proposal to reduce the required volumes for cellulosic, advanced and total biofuels in the RFS next year. Pruitt notified senators that EPA will finalize its RFS rule… read more

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EPA NOMINEESS ON HOLD

A Senate committee has delayed consideration of four of President Donald Trump’s nominees for the U.S. EPA. The confirmations are being held up by senators from corn belt states who object to Trump’s proposed reduction in renewable fuels. More than 30 senators signed the letter urging EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to revise the proposal. (FOX… read more

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GUEBERT RECOMMENDS CHANGES TO WOTUS DEFINITION

Illinois farmers need a definition of “waters of the U.S.” that provides clarity and certainty – a definition understood without an attorney, engineer or consultant, IFB President Richard Guebert, Jr., recommended Tuesday to the U.S. EPA. “I want to be very clear in this statement: Illinois farmers demand a better version of the WOTUS rule,”… read more

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SCIENTISTS QUESTION DICAMBA RESTRICTIONS

U.S. weed specialists doubt that the EPA’s new restrictions on dicamba will prevent crop damage next year,  according to Reuters. “Nothing in these new restrictions addresses volatility, and that’s still an issue,” said Aaron Hager, University of Illinois. The EPA Friday announced new restrictions to the herbicide after growers across the U.S. filed complaints of… read more

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EPA OKs DICAMBA

The EPA Friday said it will continue to let farmers use dicamba next year, with a few additional restrictions. In an effort to stop to drift problems which have plagued farmers this year, EPA will require special training to apply the chemical; restrict application if the wind speed is greater than 10 miles per hour;… read more

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WATER QUALITY, NE TO MIDWEST

Could the Chesapeake Bay’s federally-mandated water clean-up plan easily be translated to the Mississippi River Watershed? To find out, NPR spoke with IFB’s Lauren Lurkins. “It’s a huge land mass that is covered and it gets really complicated and it makes for a bigger effort that is pushed down from the federal government,” Lurkins said. “Illinois farmers… read more

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EPA, CORPS PLAN TO REPEAL WOTUS RULE

The US EPA and Army Corps of Engineers Tuesday announced plans to rescind the controversial “waters of the U.S.” rule. The agencies proposed two separate rulemaking steps: Rescinding the WOTUS rule and re-evaluating and revising the definition of “waters of the U.S.” Agricultural groups, which have fought the rule for year, applauded the news. (FarmWeekNow.com)

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