On July 8, the “Farm Regulatory Certainty Act” (H.R. 5685) was introduced in the House. To understand this bill fully, it is important to understand why it came about in the first place.Read More
Happy Friday everyone. Check out our weekly roundup of news and events, including a link to nominate this blog for law blog (blawg) of the year.Read More
This post should not be relied upon as legal advice
Back in February, I posted a summary of the Federal district court opinion in the Cow Palace case. This decision found manure to be a solid waste under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) when the manure was applied beyond whatwas required by the nutrient management plan and plant needs and was leaching into groundwater from improper designed storage facilities. See www.aglaw.umd.edu/blog/wait-now-youre-telling-me-manure-can-be-a-solid-waste to view the post. Recently the Cow Palace and two other dairies entered into a consent agreement with various environmental groups who were suing them for the alleged violations (see my overview of the settlements here: www.aglaw.umd.edu/blog/settlement-reached-in-washington-state-dairy-cases and Ashley’s overview here www.aglaw.umd.edu/blog/washington-dairies-enter-into-consent-agreements).Read More
Originally published in the May 26th Edition of the Delmarva Farmer.
On May 11, 2015, George DeRuyter & Son Dairy, LLC; Henry Bosma Dairy; and Cow Palace Dairy, LLC entered into consent agreements with a number of environmental groups in order to continue operating as long as the conditions outlined in the agreements are met. These consent agreements are a result of a Federal district court decision in Washington state finding that manure from dairy farms could be considered “solid waste” under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA).Read More
This post should not be construed as legal advice
Earlier this week, three Washington dairies entered into an agreement which would potentially end an ongoing legal battle with various environmental groups. The settlement would require the dairies to double-line their lagoons, limit nutrient applications, and purchase bottle water or reverse osmosis filtration systems for neighboring residents. Many believe that this settlement could set a national precedent for concentrated animal feeding operations across the country. Let’s talk about these settlement agreements.Read More
It is fitting this news post was scheduled for me this week (which is also by pure accident), but 1 year ago this week I launched this blog to cover issues I was working on in my Extension program (farm policy/crop insurance, ag law, and anything else I feel about writing about) with the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics. Over the past year, we have grown first adding Ashley on, then Sarah and Wele, and now Hannah. Hopefully the site will continue to grow in year 2 to cover more ag issues important to Maryland. Thank you all for reading, visiting, and sharing posts on the site. On that note, lets talk about some news.Read More
This post is not intended to be legal advice.
Recently a Federal district court in Washington state found that manure from a dairy farm could be considered “solid waste” under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). You are probably asking yourself, “Paul, why do I care what some court in Washington state did?” Well the answer is simple: RCRA is a Federal act and could potentially impact decisions interpreting RCRA as it applies to agriculture in other states. RCRA was enacted in 1976 and governs the disposal of solid and hazardous waste. The Act is concerned with ensuring that solid and hazardous waste is disposed of in environmentally sound methods, among other things.Read More