Tuesday News: Industrial Hemp a Challenge; WOTUS Stay Filed in Texas

Finding new crops to develop, building exports and making sure immigration provides needed workers. Those are among the key items on the agenda as State Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler in his recent “State of Agriculture” Address. Troxler says the issue of industrial hemp is a challenge.

Troxler also says that any immigration plan needs to have provisions for guest workers that are essential for harvesting crops.


The National Pork Producers Council and a coalition of agricultural and business groups have asked for a nationwide preliminary injunction to halt the application of the controversial Waters of the U.S. rule nationwide. AFBF general counsel Ellen Steen says a stay is needed following a Supreme Court decision that ruled jurisdiction of the rule lies in federal district courts, not federal appeals courts, where a nationwide stay of the rule was issued in 2015…

In the filing with US District Court in Texas, NPPC and the other organizations argue that the EPA’s repeal-and-replace process likely will itself be subjected to legal challenges and that a nationwide preliminary injunction is imperative.

Cotton farmers wanted it. The new spending bill has it….


A former NFL player who traded one field for another has gifted for his alma mater 40,000 pounds of sweet potatoes — for “Yam Jam.”

Jason Brown had the 20 tons of root vegetables dumped on the front lawn of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on Saturday morning to be bagged and donated to local food banks.

According to the university, the farm has donated more than 200,000 pounds of sweet potatoes since its first harvest in 2014.