Citizen Action Groups File Lawsuits Against EPA

A coalition of environmental, animal rights and citizen action groups are suing the  Environmental Protection Agency alleging failure to address air pollution from large-scale livestock farms.

Two federal lawsuits filed in the District of Columbia allege the EPA has not responded to petitions filed in 2009 and 2011 asking the agency to use its Clean Air Act authority to regulate large hog, cattle and poultry farms.

The groups include the Environmental Integrity Project, the Humane Society of the United States, and citizen groups from Wisconsin, Iowa and California. They claim ammonia, hydrogen sulfide and other manure-generated contaminants in states such as Iowa and North Carolina make people sick.

The groups want the EPA to set air quality standards for large livestock farms.

Weather Outlook for Early February…Cold & Dry

Brad Rippey, USDA meteorologist, with the national weather forecast for February third through the ninth.

USDA NASS Kicks Off Organic Ag Survey

USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service has launched an Organic Survey to gather detailed data on U.S. organic ag production. USDA Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden says total organic product sales by farms and ranchers in the U.S. have continued to grow – increasing by 83-percent from 2007 to 2012. Farmers and ranchers can complete the survey online at Ag Census dot USDA dot gov ( or return their form by mail. Responses must be mailed in by February 13th or completed online by April 3rd.'

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.