Private Property Rights - Virginia Legislature HB2048 - Water Quality, Transfer of Responsibility for Administration of Programs. Even if we can't stop this in committee, we have got to let them know about this bill! MAJOR RED ALERT SB 1279 Water quality; transfer of responsibility for administration of programs. By our very own “Emmett Agenda 21 Hanger. Passed Senate 1/30/13. House version: HB 2048 Water quality; transfer of responsibility for administration of programs....... By another Republican, Beverly Sherwood Passed out of committee, needs to be stopped at full House vote. The regulations shall: a. For all cropland or specialty crops, such components shall include the following, as needed and based upon an individual on-farm assessment: (1) A nutrient management plan that meets the nutrient management specifications developed by the Department; (2) A forest or grass buffer between cropland and perennial streams of sufficient width to meet water quality objectives and consistent with Natural Resources Conservation Service standards and specifications; (3) A soil conservation plan that achieves a maximum soil loss rate of "T," as defined by the Natural Resources Conservation Service; and (4) Cover crops meeting best management practice specifications as determined by the Natural Resources Conservation Service or the Virginia Agricultural Best Management Practices Cost-Share Program. Read more of this bill and call your delegate to vote NO.........
(2) Update: Scott Lingamfelter on Boneta Bill, HB1430, Right to Farm Amendment - *ACTION ALERT*
The Boneta Bill Passes Full Committee
-Heads to the floor of the House of Delegates-
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Quick update on The Boneta Bill:
Today, the Agriculture, Chesapeake, and Natural Resources Committee passed HB1430 and it will now be heard on the floor of the House of Delegates! There's good news, and not so good news.
I am pleased that language requiring the Secretary of Agriculture to establish a model ordinance was removed, as well as other language; these changes will make the bill stronger. But most importantly, I am pleased that we are still in the fight.
However, the Committee also included a "reenactment clause" which means that the bill would have to come back up during the 2014 Session. I think that the one-year fuse creates a great deal of uncertainty for farmers. There is nothing that would prevent anyone from introducing an amendment, if an amendment was justified by any ill effects of the legislation. For me, this is unacceptable. Read more.......
(3) Raisin Farmers in SCOTUS Case Face $650K Charge if They Don't Give Half Their Crop to the Feds - Hot Air - (47 percent of their crop, to be precise) Luckily, the Supreme Court decided to take the case of the Horne family, so they may end up retaining the right to freely sell the raisin crop they’ve duly produced, but how is it that they must appeal to the highest court in the land for that right? Well, it all started in 1937, as so many good things do, when the federal government began requiring raising farmers to lay aside a tribute portion of their crops in order to control supply and price.
In this case, the USDA imposed on the Hornes a “marketing order” demanding that they turn over 47% of their crop without compensation. The order—a much-criticized New Deal relic—forces raisin “handlers” to reserve a certain percentage of their crop “for the account” of the government-backed Raisin Administrative Committee, enabling the government to control the supply and price of raisins on the market. The RAC then either sells the raisins or simply gives them away to noncompetitive markets—such as federal agencies, charities, and foreign governments—with the proceeds going toward the RAC’s administration costs.
It’s been rough going for the Hornes since they had the audacity to lay claim to their own crops: Read more..........
(4) U.S. Economy Unexpectedly Contracts in 4th Quarter - Wall Street Journal - U.S. economic momentum screeched to a halt in the final months of 2012, as lawmakers' struggle to reach a deal on tax increases and budget cuts likely led businesses to pare inventories and the government to cut spending.
The nation's gross domestic product shrank for the first time in 3 1/2 years during the fourth quarter, declining at an annual rate of 0.1% between October and December, the Commerce Department said Wednesday.
It was the first time the broad measure of all goods and services produced by the economy contracted since the recovery from the financial crisis began. Economists surveyed by Dow Jones Newswires had expected 1.0% annualized growth. Read more........
(5) Study: New E15 Gas Can Ruin Auto Engines - Washington Examiner - This week's warm Washington temperatures had some thinking about rolling the Lawn-Boy out of the garage for the first cut of the year. And we all know what that means: Difficult starts due to E10 gas that gels when it sits.
Now, according to a new study, cars and truck may face the same fate thanks to President Obama's demand for a higher ethanol in the new E15 gas.
The fuel industry's American Petroleum Institute tested the 15 percent ethanol gas approved in 2010 and found it gums up fuel systems, prompts "check engine" lights to come on, and messes with fuel gauge readings. Read more.......
(6) Rahm Emanuel Now Asks Mutual Funds to 'Blacklist' Divest from Firearm Makers - Fox - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, in his latest bid to pressure gun manufacturers and those who do business with them, asked mutual fund companies Wednesday to “blacklist” and divest from firearms-makers that oppose “common sense” gun reforms.
The Democratic mayor made the request after telling commercial banks Tuesday to stop lending to gun manufacturers that stand in the way of gun control legislation.
The first-term mayor defines common sense reforms as universal background checks and a ban on assault weapons.
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