Hog farm with small pigs in confined system. Image is by United Soybean Board.
Hog farm with small pigs in a confined system. Image is by United Soybean Board.

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Late in 2020, we had a North Carolina Hog Farm Litigation settlement that ended several lawsuits filed against Murphy-Brown, LLC and Smithfield Foods. In May 2020, neighboring landowners filed a new set of federal lawsuits against Murphy-Brown and Smithfield, the same defendants…

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Earlier this month, a circuit court judge in Montgomery County reversed the Maryland Department of the Environment’s (MDE) final 2020 Animal Feeding Operation (AFO) Discharge Permit for not considering ammonia emission discharges into the air…

Hemp plant research plots at Wye Research and Education Center Image by Edwin Remsberg

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On January 15, 2021, USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) published the final hemp rule for Hemp Domestic…

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On July 9, 2020, the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) announced the final rule updating regulations for the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), marking the first comprehensive update of the regulations since 1978. This change removes federal loan guarantees from the NEPA…

Hemp plant research plots at Wye Research and Education Center in Queenstown, MD. Image by Edwin Remsberg

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On July 6, 2020, the Maryland Department of Agriculture released the proposed hemp plan, required under the 2018 Farm Bill to allow for more hemp production in the state. The 2014 Farm Bill opened…

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Dicamba has been back in the news lately in several areas. EPA recently moved to cancel registrations for three dicamba products, XtendiMax, Engenia, and FeXapa, based on a ruling in the Ninth Circuit. Growers…

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