By Sarah Fielder
Recent Supreme Court Decision Impacts Takings Claims The U.S. Supreme Court’s term has come to and end with many decisions released this week and last. One released last week impacts how landowners prove takings claims when impacted by local government zoning and planning and potentially make it harder to receive compensation. To read a story on the decision, click here http://bit.ly/2sMvpeO.
Federal Judge Upholds Magistrate’s Decision in Beef Checkoff Case A federal district judge has affirmed the ruling of a federal magistrate that the Montana Beef Council must first go to producers to seek approval before collecting checkoff funds. To read more about this ruling, click here http://bit.ly/2sMzBeV.
Secretary Bartenfelder’s MaryLAND of Agriculture Column-“Cover Crops and Ice Cream Trails” Summer is always a busy time for Maryland farmers, but I wanted to take a moment to give you an update on a few things happening here at the Maryland Department of Agriculture. Click here for the full column http://bit.ly/2tRDZrn.
State Ag Departments Back Regional Promos The Maryland Department of Agriculture’s Maryland’s Best program generally is considered one of the most diversified among the state efforts, and this year is no exception, said Stone Slade, a marketing specialist with the department, who directs Maryland’s Best. “We’re doing quite a bit of advertising with radio and also sponsoring events, as well,” he said. Click here to read the full story http://bit.ly/2tghOO0.
Feds Move to Repeal WOTUS Rule The EPA moved Tuesday to start the administrative process to rescind the WOTUS or waters of the US rule under the Clean Water Act. The rule has been controversial since developed. Under documents filed by EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers, both agencies will go back to a 2008 guidance document and begin writing a new definition of “waters of the US”. To read more about this decision, see http://bit.ly/2tiTyLo.