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Tuesday 06/10/14

Cantor Loses Primary; WOTUS Rule Delayed
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost his Virginia Republican primary to a tea party-backed economic professor named David Brat. As the New York Times wrote, Cantor "soundly" lost to Brat 55.5% to 44.5%.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 9:10PM CDT 06/10/14 by Chris Clayton | Post a Comment
Comments (6)
Chris: Voters took Cantor to the woodshed...and he deserved it with all of his double-talk on the issues. On the issue of the EPA water regulations, the problem with the regulations is that virtually any water that runs into a navigable waterway is subject to regulation. On my farms here in Ohio, that is just about any creek, drainage ditch, or minor erosion area. This leads me to beg the question: Will this do away with the ability to tile fields for drainage purposes? All of our drainage tile in Ohio eventually goes into a river or creek! How far will this go? I am afraid that the EPA will be reviewing every tiling permit to see how it affects water quality. If that is the case, tiling is over! I am meeting with some FSA people tomorrow on a tiling/waterway project on one of my farms, and I am afraid that's what they will tell me.
Posted by tom vogel at 7:57AM CDT 06/11/14
FSA and EPA are different and separate as I am sure you know. We had a large tiling project this year and FSA was concerned with wetlands, etc. No problems. EPA ans state enviro management were not interested. Army Corps thought it was too small of a project to address - and they were right! Still all rational folks that I met.
Posted by Don Thompson at 8:33AM CDT 06/11/14
Thanks Don: I am keenly aware of the difference between the two agencies. What is concerning me about Friday's meeting is this: Is the NRCS (also around here they are in the same offices with the FSAs) attempting to incorporate the EPA's thinking into the water management plans? Farmers in my area are scared to death over these potential regulations and what it will mean to drainage. After all, most of Ohio is tiled.
Posted by tom vogel at 3:22PM CDT 06/11/14
Ok Tom and Don, if water (rain fall) hits the ground, it will be in a watershed that leads to "navigable waterway". EPA will be able to regulate it. It is that simple.
Posted by Larry Jones at 12:23AM CDT 06/12/14
The Supreme Court had ruled before that they were overreaching now they are changing the rules so they can do anything. Believe me EPA, NRCS and FWS are all on the same team. Take for example the tying of wetland compliance to crop insurance, before they had that power there were hardly any violation cases, now already there are record violation number of cases in my county alone after they have changed the rules. They are going to take your drainage rights, it is happening already.
Posted by Unknown at 8:05AM CDT 06/12/14
If you are in the farm program they will use NRCS to deny you, if you are not in the farm program they will use the EPA.
Posted by Unknown at 8:08AM CDT 06/12/14
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