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Carbon credit market assistance program now in the hands of USDA

Sometimes a legislative proposal stalls, appears dead, then emerges in another piece of legislation in a slightly different form.  That’s exactly what happened with the Growing Climate Solutions Act and its plan to help farmers with carbon and environmental credit markets.  First introduced in 2020, the bill gained some momentum and passed the U.S. Senate before coming to a standstill in the House.

United States Department of Agriculture

Agency and legislative leadership in 2023: what might it mean for ag?

A new year always brings new leadership appointments.  Sometimes those appointments result in a change, but sometimes they bring back previous leaders.  As we settle into 2023, we’re following what has changed and what remains the same and considering how leadership will impact agriculture in the coming year.  Here’s a summary of what we’re seeing in the leadership landscape.

Brain Baldridge speaking in the Ohio legislature

Two more large-scale solar projects in Ohio turned down due to community opposition

The solar energy “boom” in Ohio continues to encounter opposition from local communities that would be home to large-scale solar developments.  Yesterday, the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) denied a solar project application in Defiance County due to “general opposition by local citizens and governmental bodies.”  Just before the holidays, a project in Greene County met the same fate.  The cases now bring the number of solar project rejections in Ohio to three.

Grain bin on country road with sign opposing solar development

The new WOTUS rule: what does it mean and does it really matter?

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) made a big splash when it released its final rule for defining “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) on December 30. Immediate criticism and support for the new rule surfaced as many undertook the unenviable task of interpreting the rule’s 514 pages of text.  Perhaps some enjoyed the challenge of deciphering the latest development in WOTUS.  But how many responded with a bit of weariness, asking what this “new” rule really means for agriculture and, more importantly, does it really matter?

Picture of Adams Lake, Ohio

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