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The Obama administration announces it will spend up to $100 million to purchase development rights from Central FLORIDA ranchers and farmers as a means to aid the restoration of over 24,000 acres in the Northern Everglades. The purchase would prevent the land from being paved over and ensure restoration...

The Struggle Over the Mississippi River Basin

By Todd J. Janzen, Partner, Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP While most farmers go quietly about their spring planting this year, a storm is brewing over the Mississippi River Basin of which few are probably aware. I am referring to the legal struggle over establishing "numeric nutrient...

State Net Capitol Journal Legislative Updates: Illinois Governor Vetoes Plastic Bag Recycling

ENVIRONMENT: ILLINOIS Gov. Pat Quinn (D) vetoes SB 3442, which would have required plastic bag manufacturers to set up collection and recycling programs and barred local municipalities from establishing their own plans (QUAD-CITY TIMES). • The U. S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia...

Why the Chesapeake Bay Matters to Midwestern Farmers

I just returned from the American Bar Association's annual fall environmental conference. This year's conference was in Baltimore, at the north end of the Chesapeake Bay. Needless to say that the environmental condition of the bay and the controversy surrounding it were the talk of the conference...