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Family Farms Threatened by Over-regulation

On February 7, 2018, American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall testified before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works and recounted a long list of regulatory abuses and missteps by the federal...more

Michigan Lawmakers Busy with a Variety of Issues

The Michigan Legislature has been very active following Gov. Snyder’s final State of the State address. Some of the more recent highlights of interest, according to Michigan Farm News and Michigan Farm Bureau...more

Farm Bureau Asks Court to Block Obama WOTUS Rule

According to Michigan Farm News, the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), the Texas Farm Bureau and other members of a broad industry and agricultural coalition have asked a federal district court in Texas to issue a...more

MI Farmers React to EPA Announcement to Formally Rescind WOTUS Rule

Michigan farmers have actively challenged the necessity of the Obama administration’s Water of the U.S. or WOTUS Rule. Michigan Farm Bureau Associate National Legislative Counsel John Kran recently reacted to the announcement...more

Timeline for Implementation of Pesticide Applicators Rule Lengthened by the EPA

On May 11, 2017, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced a 12-month extension on the implementation of the revised final Certification and Training of Pesticide Applicators Rule. The extension is meant to provide states and...more

Fish Farming Bills Proposed in Michigan

Competing bills in the Michigan House have two very different views of allowing fish farms in Michigan. Michigan Radio Network recently reported that Rep. Ed McBroom (R-Escanaba) has sponsored a bill that would allow fish...more

U.S. Court of Appeals Issues Split WOTUS Ruling

On February 22, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit (Cincinnati) issued a split 2-1 decision, ruling that it has jurisdiction to proceed with challenges to the Obama administration's "Waters...more

DEQ Announces CAFO Permit Change to Protect Michigan Surface Waters

On May 4, 2015, Michigan's Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) announced a change to its Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO) discharge permits in an effort to better protect the environment and Michigan's...more

Proposed MAEAP Rules Narrow “Right to Farm” Protection

Proposed rule changes in the Michigan Agricultural Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) have excluded some farmers from MAEAP verification and protection....more

House Passes Bill to Prevent EPA Overreach

The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed legislation prohibiting the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from developing, finalizing, adopting, implementing, applying,...more

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