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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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IOWA WATER UPDATE

Des Moines Water Works has hired a new environmental advocacy leader for the public utility. The role will advocate for policies and partnerships focused on managing agricultural pollution that poses a threat to water quality.

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Fracking and Water

Hydraulic Fracturing, or fracking, isn’t causing widespread harm to the nation’s drinking water, the Obama administration said in a long-awaited report released Thursday. The Environmental Protection Agency, after a four-year study, concluded that the way fracking was being carried out by industry and regulated by states isn’t having “systemic impacts” on drinking water, the Wall… read more

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CRP UPDATE

USDA announced Friday the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) will be allowed to grow by 800,000 acres to include sensitive wetlands that help improve water quality and provide wildlife habitat.

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NITRATE PROBLEM

The Des Moines Water Works has run its nitrate removal facility a record-breaking 111 days this year, outpacing the 106 days the equipment was needed in 1999, as reported in the Des Moines Register. 

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WOTUS FOLLOW-UP

Agriculture groups and farm-state lawmakers reacted with sharp criticism Wednesday after the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers released the final rule redefining which waters of the U.S. can be regulated under the Clean Water Act. IFB’s Adam Nielsen outlined some actions you can take: Call the White House Comment Line at 202-456-1111 and… read more

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WOTUS VOTE

H.R. 1072 – a bill that would force EPA to withdraw and rewrite the WOTUS rule – passed 261-155. Twenty-four Democrats voted for the bill including three from Illinois. Our delegation voted 10-5 with two not voting.  Thanks to all who made contacts over the past few weeks on this high priority issue for Farm… read more

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Important Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy Meeting

What does the NRLS mean for your farm? Find out Wed., June 24 at 10 a.m. in the Mini Expo Building on the McLean County Fairgrounds in Bloomington. The meeting will provide key information for farmers and address best management practices specific to the Mackinaw River, Lake Bloomington & Lake Evergreen watersheds. The meeting is free… read more

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NLRS WEBINAR

Illinois Farm Bureau will host a webinar to discuss the newly announced Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy Thursday, March 12 at 8 a.m. Lauren Lurkins, director of natural and environmental resources, Illinois Farm Bureau, will host the webinar. The webinar is free of charge, but members are required to register in advance of the webinar at… read more

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CHESAPEAKE BAY RULES

In one of his first official acts, Maryland’s new Republican Gov. Larry Hogan put the brakes on expanded farm-pollution regulations just as they were about to take effect, setting up a potential fight with the Democratic-controlled Legislature and drawing concern from the federal agency monitoring Chesapeake Bay cleanup efforts.

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