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A Victory for Water Users in Siskiyou County

Water users in Siskiyou County have avoided an additional hurdle to exercising their valid water rights, according to the Siskiyou County Superior Court. On December 24, 2012, Judge Karen L. Dixon held that the legislature...more

The Fiscal Cliff Deal’s Impact on Clean Energy - Contains key tax provisions for renewable energy but funding for USDA energy...

Capping weeks of intense negotiations between the Obama Administration and Congressional leaders to avert the fiscal cliff, the House of Representatives late on the night of Jan. 1 passed HR 8, the American Taxpayer Relief...more

Growing Michigan - Fourth Quarter 2012

In This Issue: - MISS Dig Bills Pass in Michigan Senate, Stall in House - Farm Bill Still Stalled - Ag Groups Urge Action on Estate Taxes - SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans Now Available in Michigan - Michigan...more

Siskiyou Superior Court Rules that the Act of Diverting Water is Not Subject to Regulation Under California Fish and Game Code...

On December 24, 2012, the Siskiyou Superior Court issued its decision in Siskiyou County Farm Bureau v. California Department of Fish and Game, Case No. SC SC CV 11-00418....more

Energy And Environment Update -- December 2, 2012

In This Issue: Energy and Climate Debate; Congress; Administration; Department of Agriculture; Department of Commerce; Department of Defense; Department of Energy; Department of Interior; Department of Justice;...more

Three Weeks after President Obama's Re-Election: Insights into Executive Branch Energy Funding, Federal Policy, and White House...

Despite uncertainty heading into the 2012 election, the incumbent president secured a second term and the congressional landscape remains largely the same. For energy and clean tech, this means an almost seamless continuation...more

Energy And Environment Update -- November 18, 2012

In This Issue: Energy and Climate Debate; Congress; Department of Agriculture; Department of Interior; Environmental Protection Agency; Personnel; International; States; and Miscellaneous. Excerpt from Energy and...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - November 1, 2012

In This Issue: 9th Circuit Hears Calls for Feds to Regulate Roundup Ready Crops; Green Blog: Toward a Tougher Cap and Trade Program; Cap-and-Trade Failure Aided U.S. to Cut Carbon Emissions; Environmental Groups Ask EPA...more

Energy And Environment Update -- September 30, 2012

In this issue: Energy and Climate Debate; Congress; Administration; Department of Agriculture; Department of Defense; Department of Energy; Department of Interior; Environmental Protection Agency; Federal Energy...more

State Water Resources Control Board Issues Draft Order Staying Provisions of Central Coast Agricultural Order

On September 10, 2012, the State Water Resources Control Board (“State Board”) issued a Draft Order which, if adopted, will stay certain provisions of the agricultural order and related monitoring and reporting program orders...more

State Water Resources Control Board Decides To Stay Provisions Of Central Coast Agricultural Order

Following its August 30, 2012 hearing, the State Water Resources Control Board (“State Board”) decided to stay or extend the compliance deadline for some provisions of the agricultural order and related monitoring and...more

Energy And Environment Update -- July 29, 2012

In This Issue: Energy and Climate Debate; Congress; Administration; Department of Agriculture; Department of Commerce; Department of Defense; Department of Energy; Department of Interior; Environmental Protection Agency;...more

Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, 2012 Environmental Law Update

Environmental Update: Keeping the Issues Straight in the Mining Industry, presented at RMMLF 58th Annual Institute....more

Energy And Environment Update -- July 15, 2012

In This Issue: Energy and Climate Debate; Congress; Department of Agriculture; Department of Commerce; Department of Defense; Department of Energy; Environmental Protection Agency; Federal Energy Regulatory Commission;...more

Guaranteeing California’s Renewable Energy Small Business Future

In late February, Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) (in collaboration with State Controller John Chiang) introduced California Senate Bill 1465. The legislation would seek to provide credit support for small renewable...more

Bureau of Reclamation Announces Updated CVP Water Allocations

Today, the Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) provided a Central Valley Project (CVP) water supply allocation update of 100 percent to North-of-Delta agricultural water service contractors and 40 percent to South-of-Delta...more

Advanced Biofuels Briefing: Washington Updates and Forthcoming Government Opportunities

The first quarter of 2012 delivered a significant amount of activity in the advanced biofuels sector, with initiatives at the Department of Defense (DOD), the Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the Department of Energy...more

Energy And Environment Update -- February 19, 2012

In This Issue: Energy and Climate Debate Congress Administration Department of Agriculture Department of Commerce Department of Defense Department of...more

Applications Now Being Accepted for Key USDA Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Program

On Friday, January 20, 2012, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that it will begin accepting new applications for grants and loans under the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). Authorized by...more

Energy and Environment Update -- January 22, 2012

In This Issue: Energy and Climate Debate; Congress; Administration; Department of Agriculture; Department of Commerce; Department of Energy; Department of Interior; Department of Transportation; Environmental Protection...more

SB 618 Provides Limited Williamson Act Relief for Solar Developers

Just signed by Governor Brown, SB 618 (Wolk) creates, for the first time, an explicit mechanism for landowners and solar developers to remove non-prime agricultural land from existing Williamson Act contracts in order to use...more

Departments Of Navy, Agriculture, And Energy Release Request For Industry Feedback On $510 Million Biofuels Opportunity

On August 30, 2011, the Departments of the Navy, Agriculture, and Energy released a Request for Information1 (RFI) following their recent announcement2 of plans to invest up to $510 million in advanced drop-in biofuels...more

McAfee & Taft AgLINC - June 2011

In This Issue: 1 Jacky Martin racing again 2 Endangered species litigation 3 The Oklahoma Livestock Owner’s Lien Act 4 Winds of change Excerpt from "Jacky Martin racing again" Racing legend looks to McAfee & Taft...more

USDA Biofuels Loan Guarantee Program Interim Final Rule Gives Program Added Boost

On February 14, 2011, acting upon the significant input of Mintz Levin’s Mark J. Riedy, Stern Brothers’ John May, and Krieg DeVault’s John Kirkwood, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) published its interim final rule...more

Energy and Environment Update - April 10, 2011

In This Issue: Energy and Climate Debate: Facing the threat of a government shutdown, after an intense week of budget negotiations, Congress passed a short term spending measure late last Friday night to keep the...more

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