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November 4, 2015, Montpelier, VT – The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets (VAAFM) has released a draft copy of the Required Agricultural Practices (RAPs) for a period of public comment that will run through December 18, 2015. This is a pre-filing period affording the opportunity for all interested…
November 2, 2015, Annapolis, MD – Maryland's Agriculture Secretary Joe Bartenfelder reminds farmers that application of chemical fertilizer and organic nutrients is prohibited between November 16 and February 28 according to the state’s nutrient management regulations. These blackout dates will change next year when Maryland’s updated nutrient management regulations phase…
October 29, 2015, Olympia, WA — The Washington Department of Ecology compiled comments totaling 5,000 pages on its proposal to regulate manure lagoons, a policy that agriculture groups and individual farmers warn will bankrupt some producers, particularly small dairies. Environmentalists largely praised DOE for increasing the number of producers who…
October 26, 2015, Des Moines, IA – New online options make training and fee payment easier than ever for more than 4,500 certified Iowa manure applicators. “Applicators can still complete training in person, watch a video at a county Extension office or take a test at a DNR field office,…
October 2, 2015, Ferndale, WA – A livestock owner faces a $12,000 penalty for polluting waterways that flow into California Creek in the Drayton Harbor watershed. The property, located outside of Ferndale, is owned by Jim and Victoria Snydar. The Department of Ecology issued the fine last week. Ecology is…
September 14, 2015, Des Moines, IA — Iowa has met the goals it established with the federal government two years ago to improve enforcement of manure management on livestock farms, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources told environmental regulators in a recent report. Environmental activist group Iowa Citizens for Community…
September 9, 2011, Worcester County, MD - More than two dozen environmental groups, including Assateague Coastal Trust, are calling for a temporary prohibition on building new chicken houses on Maryland's Eastern Shore. "The moratorium would be an opportunity like I said, to step back, take a deep breath for a…
September 9, 2015, Edmonton, Alta – Alberta Agriculture and Forestry has a new fact sheet to provide guidance on the use of non-engineered concrete liners used for manure collection and storage areas. “Concrete is a practical, cost-effective, and long-lasting material to use as a liner for manure collection and storage…
September 8, 2015, Vancouver, BC – After six years of study and delay, the B.C. government is moving to address the widespread problem of livestock manure and other agricultural waste threatening the environment and human health. While noting proper application of manure supports healthy crop growth, the review document warns…
Aug. 26, 2015, Orwell, VT – There are roughly 7,000 small farms in Vermont, yet small farms are not regularly inspected – nor do they currently have to register with the state. But that’s all going to change as a part of Vermont’s Clean Water Act passed earlier this year to…
Aug. 20, 2015, San Francisco – In the green pastures that surround the small towns of Central Pennsylvania, a pig farm is paid to replace California polluters in eliminating thousands of metric tons of greenhouse gases. KQED reports. | READ MORE
July 21, 2015, Osage, IA – The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has ordered an Osage-based commercial manure service to pay $5,575 for a manure discharge resulting in water-quality violations and a fish kill. The manure was spilled during field application in October 2014, according to an administrative consent order.…
July 7, 2015, Des Moines, IA – Four projects focused on water quality improvement through increased conservation practices by farmers will receive nearly $3.1 million in state funding, according to the Iowa Department of Agriculture. Businesses and agriculture and conservation groups will provide $2.59 million in matching money or in-kind…
June 16, 2015, Baltimore, MB – Pennsylvania this year needs to double the number of farm acres under nutrient management and plant seven times as many acres of forest and grass buffers as it did last year to help it get back on track to meet Chesapeake Bay nutrient reduction…
June 12, 2015, Green Bay, WI – Weak regulatory oversight has allowed large-scale farms in Wisconsin to "spiral out of control" and pollute groundwater without consequences, according to a report commissioned by both state and local advocacy groups. The 137-page report, released June 10, focuses on 16 large dairy and…

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