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Web of Water - 4
Todd Neeley DTN Staff Reporter
Thu Nov 6, 2014 06:44 AM CST

OMAHA (DTN) -- Farmers and ranchers at times have been caught off-guard by neighbors or regulators questioning how they work the land. Some are willing to fight it out in federal court, but it can be costly just to prove they were right.

Concerns are mounting that perhaps no agricultural practice truly is exempt. A newly proposed Clean Water Act rule defining waters of the U.S. appears to call for a significant regulatory expansion of waters coming under federal control, though EPA estimates minimal expansion of jurisdiction.

In recent years, some farmers and ranchers conducted seemingly exempted practices but the ...

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