Agriculture

"'Gutted' Interior Agency Moves Out West With Top Posts Unfilled"

"The Interior Department is struggling to fill top positions at the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) despite assurances from officials that the agency's relocation from Washington to Colorado is helping recruit top talent, according to an analysis by The Hill."

Source: The Hill, 06/03/2020

"Trump’s Water Jurisdiction Rule: What’s All the Fighting About?"

"The Trump administration’s long-anticipated water jurisdiction rule has already drawn a half-dozen legal challenges since its April release, with more on the way."

Source: Bloomberg Environment, 05/20/2020

Half Million Evacuated As India, Bangladesh Brace For Super Cyclone

"India and Bangladesh evacuated around half a million people out of the way of the most powerful storm in a decade ahead of its landfall on Wednesday amid fears of heavy damage to houses and crops and disruption of road, rail and power links."

Source: Reuters, 05/20/2020

MD, VA, DC Plan To Sue EPA For Failing To Enforce Chesapeake Cleanup

"Two states and the District of Columbia say they plan to sue the Environmental Protection Agency for failing to enforce a court-ordered agreement to dramatically lower pollution in the Chesapeake Bay, the nation’s largest estuary."

Source: Washington Post, 05/19/2020

"Meatpacking Plants Turn To Trump For Backup Against Lawsuits"

"As more than 10,000 workers in meat-processing plants have fallen sick with the coronavirus and at least 30 have died, corporate food giants facing liability lawsuits are turning to a powerful ally: the White House."

Source: HuffPost, 05/18/2020

No Drought of Data, As Climate Dries U.S.

With drought can come fire, and with megadrought, routine reporting becomes disaster headlines. Reporter’s Toolbox gets you to the bottom of the drought data sources that help determine what’s ahead for your region, sorting through the complicated set of federal drought monitoring agencies and resources.

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"USDA Limits Review Requirements Of Some Biotech Farm Products"

"The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced on Thursday a rule that will simplify or waive agency reviews of certain biotech farm products, including plants and seeds that have been genetically modified or engineered."

Source: Reuters, 05/15/2020

"Public Lands: Bundy's Trenches May Force Confrontation With BLM"

"The Bureau of Land Management is investigating whether Nevada rancher Ryan Bundy illegally built new irrigation infrastructure across Gold Butte National Monument, the same area where his family unlawfully grazes cattle on public lands."

Source: Greenwire, 05/14/2020

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