Court Rejects Alabama's Water Suit and Red Meat Sustainability
**A U.S. District Court judge rejected claims by the state of Alabama and the National Wildlife Federation that the Army Corps of Engineers violated multiple federal laws when planning water controls on the Chattahoochee River.
www.grb.org reports, Alabama wanted the Corps’ 2017 adoption of the Environmental Impact Statement set aside for the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin Water Control Manual and Water Supply Storage Assessment.
Alabama alleged the Corps did not adequately consider the downstream impacts when determining how much water could be withdrawn from the Chattahoochee.
**The USDA is on track to provide a record level of support for rural working capital and other business capital needs in 2021.
The Department has invested $1.2 billion in loan guarantees to help rural businesses.
These investments, made through the Business and Industry Loan Guarantee AND CARES Act Programs, are expected to create or save more than 12,000 rural jobs.
**Sustainability is a matter of growing importance to international customers of U.S. red meat, according to the U.S. Meat Export Federation’s Cheyenne McEndaffer.
She notes the focus on sustainability has recently heightened due to the upcoming United Nations Food Systems Summit and the U.S. RE-joining the Paris Climate Accords.
McEndaffer says the U.S. has the unique ability to produce beef and pork using fewer resources and locally grown feed, allowing for a reduced impact on the environment.