Comment Period for Waters of the US Rule Extended


Farmers and ranchers have until September 27th to submit comments in support of EPA ditching the 2015 WOTUS rule. The rule, which was halted by the courts, had more to do with controlling land than protecting water and only created confusion for farmers, according to AFBF senior director of regulatory relations Don Parrish…

“Those laws and those regulations were so broad, in fact, that it allowed the agency to blur the distinction between regulating water and land use.  In other words, it allowed the agency to regulate land use by just claiming the land was water.  So, it was really problematic for farmers and ranchers.”

Parrish says it’s easy for farmers and ranchers to submit their comments to the EPA directly or through AFBF’s website, fb dot org

Groups See Pruitt NCBA Video Biased Against WOTUS

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt’s appearance in a video with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association is drawing fire from critics and so-called government ethics experts. Critics are saying Pruitt inaccurately uses industry talking points to describe the EPA’s Waters of the U.S. rule, and that his comments sound as if he has already made up his mind about WOTUS, regardless of the comments posted to EPA’s website.

Regional Weather Forecast for August 29th through September 4th

Mark Brusberg, USDA meteorologist, with the national weather forecast for August 29th through September 4th.

“The big story east of the Great Plains is going to be cooler than normal temperatures.”

ISU Study Shows No Impact of RFS on Greenhouse Gasses

A study by Iowa State University says the Renewable Fuel Standard brings a net positive to the U.S. economy but fails to reduce greenhouse gas emissions globally. The study, produced in June, was released by the Renewable Fuels Association recently, highlighting the net positive to the U.S. economy. Iowa State University’s Center for Agriculture and Rural Development developed the study that found the increased cost of soybeans and corn benefits the agriculture sector and creates broader welfare gains for the U.S. However, the study found that the direct reduction from substituting biofuels for fossil fuels was outweighed elsewhere.

Consumers Still Hesitant to Spend Money

U.S. consumers remain hesitant to open their wallets even though the majority (55 percent) believes their household financial health is good, according to the latest IRI Consumer Connect survey.

About half of consumers surveyed (49 percent) said they are still making sacrifices and looking for deals to make ends meet, down from the 51 percent who felt the same way in the same period in 2016, IRI noted. In terms of behavior, 59 percent are buying lowest-priced items (down from 62 percent one year ago), while Generation X (54 percent) and millennials (53 percent) have been hit the hardest in terms of trying to stretch their dollars, the report said. 


A native of the Texas Panhandle, Rhonda was born and raised on a cotton farm where she saw cotton farming evolve from ditch irrigation to center pivot irrigation and harvest trailers to modules. After graduating from Texas Tech University, she got her start in radio with KGNC News Talk 710 in Amarillo, Texas.