Savannah River Channel Deepening Project Back in Court
Court-ordered mediation in a federal lawsuit challenging the $650 million deepening of the Savannah River shipping channel resumes this week.
Attorneys for both sides meet behind closed doors in federal court in Charleston again Wednesday.
Environmental groups in South Carolina and Georgia have sued, saying the deepening will dredge toxic cadmium from the river floor and dump it on the South Carolina side of the river. The groups say the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers needs a South Carolina pollution permit for the work.
The Georgia Ports Authority wants the channel deepened to handle larger container ships that will routinely be calling when the Panama Canal expansion is open in two years.
National Sorghum Producers Seeking Nominations for Board of Directors
The nominating committee for the National Sorghum Producers is currently seeking applicants to fill four seats on its board of directors. Anyone interested in serving the sorghum industry through this role may visit the NSP website to download an application and learn more about the position. The deadline to apply is May 1, 2013.
EPA Hears from Ag Groups on February Release of Personal Data
In response to the release of personal information on thousands of livestock and poultry producers – the National Pork Producers Council and other agricultural organizations have requested that the Environmental Protection Agency take steps to prevent such a release in the future. They are asking EPA to review data that might include personal information before releasing it, to retrieve the data released and to agree that the information will not be posted to its website or distributed in any form.
Top Economist Predicts Tighter Farm Safety Net This Year
During a recent forum on Capitol Hill during Ag Day – Former USDA Chief Economist Keith Collins predicted that given the fiscal constraints facing the country – there would be a smaller farm safety net in the future – but one that further cements the importance of crop insurance…
“The challenges facing American agriculture are changing. Changes in global markets, production costs and weather extremes are making risk management more important than ever. As a result, as we look toward policy changes, we will see a greater reliance on crop insurance in 2013.”
Collins noted that you only have to look at the last few years to understand the importance of risk management on the farm. He noted that 2011 had a chain of weather fluctuations – including floods, droughts, freezes, wildfires and hurricanes – and then the country was hit in 2012 by the worst drought in decades