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Where the Blacktop Ends: Promising Developments at the Intersection of Agricultural Production and Urban Living

With the Trump administration’s rollback of federal regulations proceeding at a steady pace, and with new federal tax policy firmly established, and with the next federal Farm Bill promised by year’s end, Arkansas’s farmers...more

Arkansas 91st General Assembly – Second Extraordinary Session 2018: House Bill 1007/Senate Bill 8 – Update

As noted in previous posts (see previous posts of 03-13-18 and 03-14-18 here) House Bill (“H.B.”) 1007 and Senate Bill (“S.B.) 8 would add a subsection to a section of Subchapter 2 (Water Pollution) of the Arkansas Water and...more

Industry Coalition Sends Letter On Farm Bill To Congressional Agricultural Committee

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On March 6, 2018, a coalition of over 200 companies and trade associations sent a letter to the Agricultural Committee leaders in the House and Senate urging the reauthorization of and stable mandatory funding for the energy...more

U. S. Environmental Protection Agency Programmatic Treatment of Biomass/Forest Products Industry: February 13th Letter from...

The United States Environmental Protection Agency Administrator E. Scott Pruitt (“Pruitt”) hand delivered, during a visit to the State of New Hampshire, a letter to Governor Chris Sununu which is characterized as an update on...more

South Carolina Surface Water Withdrawal Act: State Supreme Court Addresses Constitutional Challenge

The Supreme Court of South Carolina considered the constitutionality of the registration provisions of its Surface Water Withdrawal Act (“Act”). See Jowers v. South Carolina Dept. of Health and Environmental Control, 2017 WL...more

USDA Cancels Farm-To-Fleet Biofuel Program

On February 1, 2018, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) announced in the Federal Register that it has withdrawn support for the Farm-to-Fleet Biofuel Production Incentive (BPI)...more

Section 9003 Biorefinery and Renewable Chemical Loan Program Gains Momentum - USDA Program Proves to Be Viable Commercialization...

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• The U.S. Department of Agriculture's 9003 Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program (Section 9003 Program) had an unprecedented year in 2017, issuing numerous conditional...more

NBB Announces New Report On Biodiesel Benefits

On January 22, 2018, the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) announced that a new study on lifecycle energy and greenhouse gas (GHG) emission effects of biodiesel updates and reaffirms the benefits of using the renewable fuel. ...more

C&H Hog Farms, Inc. (Newton County, Arkansas) Request for Adjudicatory Hearing of Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality...

C&H Hog Farms, Inc. (“C&H”) filed a January 18th Request for Adjudicatory Hearing and Commission Review (“Request”) challenging the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (“ADEQ”) denial of an application for a...more

USDA Announces $6 Million In Funding For Bioenergy Feedstock Genomics

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On January 19, 2018, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced the availability of up to $6 million in funding to support research in plant feedstock genomics for...more

C&H Hog Farms, Inc. Sow-Farrowing Facility (Newton County, Arkansas): Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality Denial of...

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (“ADEQ”) public noticed the denial of an application for an Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission Regulation 5 permit by C&H Hog Farms, Inc. (“C&H”). Regulation...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - December 2017 #4

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Focus - Trump administration halts study of offshore oil inspections - ABC News - Dec 21 The Trump administration has halted an independent scientific study of offshore oil inspections by the Bureau of Safety and...more

National Water Quality Initiative: USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Announces $30 Million in High-Priority Watershed...

The United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (“NRCS”) issued a December 21st news release announcing it will add 30 new watersheds in 2018 as part of its National Water Quality Initiative...more

2018 Arkansas Soil and Water Education Conference/Expo: First National Bank Arena – January 31st/Jonesboro, Arkansas

The 2018 Arkansas Soil and Water Education Conference and Expo (“Conference”) will be held on January 31st. The Conference will be held at the First National Bank Arena (formerly the Arkansas State University Convocation...more

Marijuana Cultivation: California State Water Board Adopts Policy Addressing Water Diversion/Discharge

The California State Water Board (“Board”) recently adopted what it describes as a “new statewide policy establishing strict environmental standards for cannabis cultivation in order to protect water flows and water quality...more

Animal Waste Emissions from Large Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations: EPA, under the guns of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the...

by Ruder Ware on

Introduction - Let me be Captain Obvious here. When the title is that long, the topic, including its context and history, is convoluted. Let’s start at the end, work our way toward the beginning, and come full circle. On...more

DOE Announces Biomass R&D Technical Advisory Meeting

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On October 25, 2017, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) published a notice in the Federal Register regarding an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development...more

Watershed Protection/Flood Prevention Program: U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service Announces Local Watershed Grants...

The United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (“NRCS”) announced in an October 4th news release plans to invest in what it describes as...more

Senate Committee Holds Hearing On 2018 Farm Bill

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On September 28, 2017, the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry held a hearing titled “Rural Development and Energy Programs: Perspectives for the 2018 Farm Bill” to gather stakeholder input regarding the...more

U.S. Poultry & Egg Association: Tyson Foods Scranton, Arkansas Facility Wins Clean Water Award (Full Treatment Category)

The U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (“Association”) announced in a September 21st news release that Tyson Foods River Valley Animal Foods (“Tyson”) in Scranton, Arkansas was a recipient of the 2017 Clean Water Award....more

Examination of Vegetation Management Requirements for Electricity Assets Located on Federal Lands: September 19th U.S. Senate...

The United States Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources held a hearing titled - To Examine Vegetation Management Requirements for Electricity Assets Located on Federal Lands - The hearing was also scheduled...more

Arkansas Environmental Policy Summit 2017: Little Rock, Arkansas – October 27

The Arkansas Environmental Policy Summit (“Summit”) will be held on October 27th in Little Rock, Arkansas. Summit partners include: •Arkansas Public Policy Panel •Arkansas Environmental Defense Alliance •Audubon...more

USDA Awards Funding For Study Of Biofuels Impact On Climate

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) awarded researchers from Clemson University a $147,744, two-year grant to evaluate the effectiveness of producing biofuels to...more

Solar Farms: Shining a Light on Zoning Requirements

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

With anticipation and wonder many of us stood still for several moments on August 21, 2017 hoping to catch at least a glimpse of the much anticipated total eclipse of the sun. Whether you were fortunate to be in the area of...more

USDA Announces $15.1 Million In Grants For Bioenergy and Bioproducts

On July 20, 2017, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) awarded 34 grants totaling $15.1 million for research on renewable energy, biobased products, and agroecosystems....more

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