PECANS ARE IN – extra-large pecan halves – $9 for a 16 oz. bag and chocolate covered pecan halves – $8 for 12 oz.
We are taking orders for fruit – 4/5 bushel of grapefruit or tangelos – $25 or 2/5 bushel is $15. For a 4/5 bushel of oranges the price is $31 and for a 2/5 bushel of oranges it is $21. The fruit will be here either December 14 or 15. Orders for fruit must be in by November 23rd.
It has been a long fight over the past 18 months, but the dam’s about ready to burst on a regulation that will greatly impact farmers.
Both chambers of Congress are now on record against the EPA’s onerous new “waters of the United States,” or WOTUS rule, which dramatically expands the reach of the federal Clean Water Act regulation across our rural landscape.
Earlier this month, the U.S. Senate took a rare but necessary action to disapprove of a federal regulation. With encouragement from Farm Bureau members and support from U.S. Senator Mark Kirk, the Senate decided that the WOTUS rule “shall have no force or effect.”
“Writing a rule from behind a desk at the EPA in Washington that makes farmers in Illinois question their right to use their own private property is the very definition of regulatory overreach, and I have consistently opposed this rule,” Sen. Kirk said.
Thank you Sen. Kirk.
And with a strong bipartisan majority, the U.S. House last May passed H.R. 1732, the Regulatory Integrity Protection Act of 2015, which also requires withdrawal of the WOTUS rule. Again, thank you to Congressman Bost for supporting the legislation.
In addition to creating liability on our land, the regulation creates nothing but uncertainty for farmers unsure of where federal control begins and ends on their land.
And that sets up farmers to be targets of agency enforcement actions and citizen lawsuits. We’ve seen this play out before. If this rule cannot be stopped, we are absolutely certain that court decisions will ultimately force us to obtain permits for routine farming practices like applying fertilizer or pesticides.
Fortunately, last month, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ordered a nationwide stay on the regulation. The court concluded that certain aspects of the rule, including a new, broad definition of “tributary,” are at odds with a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the Clean Water Act. In addition, the Sixth Circuit wrote that the EPA’s rulemaking process was not only “suspect” but built on shaky scientific evidence. Not exactly a ringing endorsement.
The House has acted. The Senate has acted. And now the courts are calling this regulation into question.
That’s why Farm Bureau will continue to work hard with our congressional allies over the next several weeks to pass legislation to either block or — at the very least — defund implementation of WOTUS through the end of this administration.
Our members believe strongly that it’s time to end this regulatory nightmare. It’s time drown EPA’s WOTUS rule.
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