Options for Colorado River Water and Plans for Year-round E15 Sales
**The federal government is considering two options to prevent the Colorado River from running dry and both plans would require water users in the river’s Lower Basin to dramatically cut their use.
The Bureau of Reclamation announcement comes after the seven states that draw water from the river failed over several months to form a consensus on how to cut water use.
The outcome could significantly impact farming in California’s Imperial Valley.
**The Biden administration is planning to begin year-round sales of E15 in 2024, a move EPA feels will help reduce the retail price of fuel.
EPA chief Michael Regan says the agency studied if they could make the change this year but decided there wasn’t enough time.
Regan told the House Agriculture Committee that the agency will look into issuing temporary emergency waivers to allow sales of E15 this summer.
**The National Milk Producers Federation and the U.S. Dairy Export Council have signed a new partnership with Agricultural Organizations from several South American countries.
The goal is to constructively engage governments and international organizations on the issues of livestock, agriculture, climate, and trade.
USDEC and the NMPF will coordinate and support engagements promoting policies that encourage sustainable productivity growth while considering the unique needs of the livestock industry and profitability for farmers.