Alabama Fruit & Vegetable Conference and AFBF Unhappy with WOTUS Proposal
**Four educational tracks aimed at improving specialty crop farmers’ bottom lines set the stage for the Alabama Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association Conference and Trade Show held recently in Gulf Shores.
Over 200 farmers and industry professionals attended the annual event.
AFVGA President Joe Lambrecht tells www.alfafarmers.org, it was encouraging to see long-time and new friends at the meeting.
**Ag groups are reacting to the EPA’s proposed rule to replace the Navigable Waters Protection Rule, and they’re not happy saying it would re-establish the pre-2015 WOTUS rule.
American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall says overreaching regulations create major permit backlogs for the federal government and result in long delays for farmers and ranchers working hard to keep America fed.
Duvall says they’re putting this in place before completing the promised stakeholder engagement.
**Lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow soybean oil-based jet fuel to qualify for an unprecedented tax credit.
A Reuters article says that would be a win for biofuel producers and a blow to environmental groups that say crop-based fuels undermine the benefits of producing greener fuels.
This comes as the Biden administration set a target of lowering aviation emissions by 20% by 2030.
U.S. biofuel groups say it will be impossible to meet such targets without using ethanol and soybean oil.