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More Crossfire over Deepening of the Savannah River Channel

Environmental groups in South Carolina and Georgia want the South Carolina Supreme Court to declare illegal a state agency's approval of deepening the Savannah River shipping channel.

Attorneys for the Southern Environmental Law Center said in filings that the Department of Health and Environmental Control has no authority to approve a permit for the deepening needed so Georgia ports can handle larger ships once the Panama Canal is widened. Attorneys say that authority rests with the South Carolina Savannah River Maritime Commission.

New EPA Guidelines Will Affect Many Landowners

Should the Environmental Protection Agency regulate every backyard ditch in the nation? American Farm Bureau Federation Regulatory Specialist Don Parrish says they could:

“You’re going to be regulating virtually all water. You may not regulate a rain drop as it falls out of the sky, but once it hits the ground and starts to move, EPA wants to regulate it at that point.”

Taiwan to set Ractopamine Limits

The Taiwanese government has announced plans to set an allowance level for U.S. beef that contains the feed additive ractopamine but not set a similar level for U.S. pork. Ractopamine has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration and is used by many U.S. beef and pork producers as a feed additive.

According to a 2008 USDA study, agricultural exports generated 920,000 full-time jobs, including 608,000 in the nonfarm sector.

Lawmakers Want Limits on Trading in Energy

Dozens of House and Senate Democrats are blaming speculative trading in energy futures as being a major factor behind the run-up in gasoline prices. The 23 Senators and 45 Representatives have sent a letter to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission underscoring how gas prices have soared to the top of the political agenda on Capitol Hill and the campaign trail. They are asking for limits on speculative trading in energy futures markets.

More Oil Wells Won’t Bring Down Prices at the Pump

We’ve all been feeling the pain at the pump, once again. There was testimony in congress yesterday to the effect that drilling more domestic oil wells will bring down the price of gas. Daniel Weiss Sr. says it doesn’t work that way and explains why:

“Because oil’s priced on the global market led by the OPEC cartel, more production here does not lower prices.”

Learn About Food Recalls Instantly

Anyone with a Twitter account can now be among the first to know about food recalls with a new service USDA is rolling out.

The USDA says state-specific food safety alerts for meat, poultry, and processed egg products are included as well as information on how to protect food during severe weather events.

Up until now recalls have been announced in news releases and on a general USDA Twitter feed.
The alerts can be followed by listing your state's two-letter designation followed by underscore then FSISAlert. North Carolina for example is NC_FSISALERT.

Today’s Farm Fact:

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