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In its ongoing battle against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Total Maximum Daily Load, or TMDL, regulations for the Chesapeake Bay watershed, the American Farm Bureau Federation argued last week that the EPA is violating the Clean Water Act.
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The American Farm Bureau Federation has said a bill before Congress would be good for the Chesapeake Bay and good for farms and rural economies in the bay’s six-state watershed—while staying true to the original intent of the Clean Water Act. 
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Findings from a new University of Delaware study indicate the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has overestimated the amount of chicken manure in nutrient runoff that originated with the Delmarva poultry industry and enters the Chesapeake Bay. 
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The nation’s largest farm organization has asked the courts to rule on whether the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has the authority to issue land use regulations under the Clean Water Act. The American Farm Bureau Federation and several other plaintiffs say that the EPA doesn’t.
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The American Farm Bureau and other plaintiffs filed for summary judgment Jan. 27 in a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over the agency’s total maximum daily load for the Chesapeake Bay watershed.  
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A final update of a report on the science surrounding Chesapeake Bay water quality confirms significant differences between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s bay model and the model used by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
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A final update of a report on the science surrounding Chesapeake Bay water quality confirms significant differences between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s bay model and the model used by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
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Virginia Farm Bureau Federation this week re-affirmed its support of the federal lawsuit filed by the American Farm Bureau Federation and Pennsylvania Farm Bureau against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
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As Virginia’s farmers gear up for a new growing season, the state is developing a system to track their voluntary efforts to protect water quality.
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The American Farm Bureau Federation filed a lawsuit Jan. 10 in federal court to block the implementation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s new "nutrient diet" regulatory plan for the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
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Virginia’s farmers will start the new year with an eye on newly approved requirements intended to protect the Chesapeake Bay.
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A new report that compares the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s computer model of Chesapeake Bay clean-up efforts with conservation records from the U.S. Department of Agriculture has found numerous inconsistencies, calling into question the entire EPA "nutrient diet" proposal for the bay watershed.
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If Congress pushes through proposed Chesapeake Bay legislation during its lame duck session, Virginia farmers could face billions of dollars in additional expenses.

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The American Farm Bureau Federation has joined 29 agricultural and forestry organizations in submitting comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regarding water quality regulations it is proposing for the Chesapeake Bay.
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The state’s largest agricultural organization says the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is not giving the public adequate time to understand EPA’s newest version of a Watershed Implementation Plan for the Chesapeake Bay.
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Sens. Mark Warner and Jim Webb received thousands of letters in opposition to proposed Chesapeake Bay legislation last month from Virginia farmers across the state.

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A group of Virginia farmers is hoping the state’s Chesapeake Bay watershed implementation plan will stave off federal oversight.
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Rep. J. Randy Forbes, R-4th, said he favors a Chesapeake Bay solution that will be fair to farmers.
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On Oct. 5, the Obama Administration expanded its water quality protection efforts to the 31-state watershed of the Gulf of Mexico.
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Page County Farm Bureau led county Farm Bureaus statewide in the number of contacts its members made to tell their congressmen and U.S. senators of their opposition to Senate Bill 1816.
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Farmers across the state are being encouraged to participate in five public meetings organized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to discuss the proposed Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load, or TMDL, an enforcement plan to limit nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment runoff in the bay watershed.
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Representatives of Virginia’s and the nation’s largest agricultural organizations testified recently before federal officials about the potentially disastrous impact on agriculture of proposed regulations by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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A group of Virginia farmers traveled to Capitol Hill last week to hand-deliver 18,000 letters protesting Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin’s Chesapeake Clean Water and Ecosystem Restoration Act of 2010.
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Thirty-five Virginia farmers will meet Sept. 23 with Virginia’s congressional delegation regarding a Chesapeake Bay cleanup bill currently before the U.S. Senate.
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Virginia submitted on Sept. 3 its first-phase draft of a Chesapeake Bay watershed implementation plan to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, as directed by that agency in accordance with the Clean Water Act.
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Farmers from across the state are preparing to deliver letters opposing the Chesapeake Clean Water and Ecosystem Restoration Act of 2010 to Sens. Mark Warner and Jim Webb and to Virginia’s congressional delegation.
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Citing the economic importance of Virginia agriculture, the state’s governor and 4th District representative recently voiced support for a House bill to improve the Chesapeake Bay sponsored by Reps. Tim Holden of Pennsylvania and Bob Goodlatte of Virginia.
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A Caroline County grain producer said Virginia farmers have made major changes in their production practices in recent decades. Lynwood Broaddus explains on The Real Dirt that proposed mandatory regulations won’t do much to clean up the Chesapeake Bay, but they could force him and other farmers to leave agriculture.

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The Chesapeake Clean Water and Ecosystem Restoration Act of 2010 has Virginia farmers and their counterparts in other states concerned about their futures.
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A bill in the U.S. Senate purports to clean up the Chesapeake Bay by regulating farming and other land uses in the bay’s six-state watershed.
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Gov. Bob McDonnell has voiced support for H.R. 5509, the Chesapeake Bay Program Reauthorization and Improvement Act.
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Producer members of county Farm Bureaus statewide are contacting Sens. Mark Warner and Jim Webb concerning the Chesapeake Clean Water and Ecosystem Restoration Act of 2010.
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Virginia’s largest farm organization is continuing its opposition to Chesapeake Bay legislation it says threatens the viability of agriculture—and communities in general—in six states.
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Virginia farmers already are doing their part to help clean up the Chesapeake Bay, the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation has asserted. Earlier this month the organization announced its support of a new bill in Congress that authorizes the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to do a better job of coordinating clean-up efforts.
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Virginia farmers already are doing their part to help clean up the Chesapeake Bay, the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation has asserted. Earlier this month the organization announced its support of a new bill in Congress that authorizes the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to do a better job of coordinating clean-up efforts.
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A new demonstration horse farm in Prince William County is designed to show new farm owners and horse owners how to better protect their watersheds. "The Big Reveal" of the farm is set for June 11 at Oakwood Farm in Gainesville.
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Virginia farmers say everyone in the Chesapeake Bay watershed would face economic hardships under proposed federal plans to create a “nutrient diet” to clean up the bay.
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Representing the state’s largest agricultural organization in front of Congress on Dec. 9, Wilmer Stoneman testified how proposed federal Chesapeake Bay legislation would impose a huge burden on farmers.
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The American Farm Bureau Federation, which includes the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation, has begun assessing the nationwide implications for agriculture of the Chesapeake Clean Water and Ecosystem Restoration Act of 2009.
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Four hearings have been scheduled for next month in Virginia to solicit public comment on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s plans for establishing a total maximum daily load, or TMDL, that would cap nutrient and sediment runoff from any source into the Chesapeake Bay.
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If new legislation is passed reauthorizing the Chesapeake Bay Program, some Virginia farmers might have to close up shop.
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Farmers statewide are alerting their representatives in Congress that proposed changes to the Chesapeake Bay Program threaten the state’s top economic sector in a time of extreme uncertainty.
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Seven draft reports issued by federal agencies on Sept. 9 call for increased accountability and performance in efforts to clean up the Chesapeake Bay.
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Seven draft reports issued by federal agencies on Sept. 9 call for increased accountability and performance in efforts to clean up the Chesapeake Bay.
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