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AgDay Daily Recap -April 29, 2013

April 29, 2013
 
 

TODAY ON AGDAY

APRIL 29, 2013

 

FLOODED FIELDS:

GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. AFTER ANOTHER WILD WEATHER WEEK, FARMERS IN THE NATION'S MIDSECTION ARE HOPING FOR MILDER WEATHER TO FINISH OUT THE MONTH.

CROP PROTECTION SUIT:

A U.S. MAGISTRATE JUDGE HAS THROWN OUT A LAWSUIT FILED BY AN ACTIVIST GROUP AGAINST THE EPA. THE SUIT CLAIMED THE AGENCY VIOLATED THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT BY NOT CONSULTING WITH THE U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICES ABOUT POTENTIAL IMPACTS OF PESTICIDES AND CROP PROTECTION PRODUCTS. THE DISMISSIAL IS CONSIDERED A VICTORY FOR THE EPA BUT IT'S WORKING TO DETERIMINE IF STEPS CAN BE TAKEN TO AVOID FUTURE LITIGATION. THE LAWSUIT ALLEGED NEARLY 400 CROP PROTECTION PRODUCTS MAY HAVE HARMED PROTECTED SPECIES, DESPITE BEING SCIENTIFICALLY EXAMINED AND APPROVED BY FEDERAL REGULATORS.

IMMIGRATION:

MEANWHILE, MORE MOVEMENT IS HAPPENING ON THE IMMIGRATION FRONT. CONGRESSMAN BOB GOODLATTE OF VIRGINIA HAS INTRODUCED SEPARATE BILLS, VERSUS ONE COMPREHENSIVE PIECE OF LEGISLATION.  THE FIRST IS AN AG GUESTWORKER BILL, NAMED H-R 1773. GOODLATTE SAYS IT AIMS TO PROVIDE AMERICAN FARMERS WITH A WORKABLE AND ACCESSABLE TEMPORARY AG GUESTWORKER PROGRAM. GOODLATTE SAYS IT REMOVES THE RED TAPE FROM THE CURRENT GUEST WORKER PROGRAM, AND STREAMLINES ACCESS TO A RELIABLE WORKFORCE, WHILE PROTECTING FARMERS FROM LAWSUITS. MEANWHILE, GOODLATTE, ALONG WITH TEXAS CONGRESSMAN LAMAR SMITH, HAS ENTRODUCED A BILL THAT WOULD EXPAND E-VERIFY. H-R 1772 IS A BIPARTISAN BILL THAT THE CONGRESSMEN BELIEVE WOULD HELP SOLVE THE ISSUE OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION. THEY SAY THE BILL ENSURES JOBS ARE ONLY AVAILABLE TO THOSE AUTHROIZED TO WORK IN THE STATS.

FARM BILL:

SENATE MAJORITY LEADER HARRY REID SAYS HE WANTS THE CHAMBER TO VOTE ON A NEW FARM BILL NEXT MONTH. THE MEANS THE AG COMMITTEE WOULD NEED TO GET STARTED THE FIRST WEEK OF MAY FOLLOWING THEIR RECESS. HOUSE PLANS TO START MARK UP ON THE 15TH.

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