May 29, 2015 | The Des Moines Register

Farm Groups Fuming Over New EPA Rule

Farm and livestock groups warned new regulations could infringe on land rights and impose higher costs

Farm Groups Fuming Over New EPA Rule

Farm and livestock groups on Wednesday warned that the Obama administration's new regulation to curb pollution in small waterways and wetlands could infringe on their land rights and saddle them with higher costs — concerns that White House officials said were unfounded.

The Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said the rule is needed after a pair of Supreme Court rulings had called into question the reach of the 1972 Clean Water Act on small streams, tributaries and wetlands.

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said the rule will place under federal oversight waterways that have a "direct and significant" connection to rivers, lakes and other bodies that are already protected downstream.

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Proposed Merger Of Co-ops In South Dakota

May 28, 2015 | FeedGrainCommerce

Members of two South Dakota-based cooperatives are voting on whether to merge. Executives from South Dakota Wheat Growers and North Central Farmers Elevator say a merger will make the operation stronger and more competitive. Opponents worry what it will mean for farmers once the two cooperatives no longer have to compete for their business.

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