Blog Header

Blog Header

Friday, January 29, 2016

President Obama Vetoes Anti-WOTUS BIll

(NCGA) -- Tuesday, January 19, President Obama vetoed S.J. Res. 22, a Congressional Review Act resolution of disapproval for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers' Waters of the U.S. rule, or WOTUS. WOTUS seeks to define the scope of waters protected under the Clean Water Act.
The resolution now returns to the Senate, where it must receive a two-thirds supermajority to override the veto. Given that the original resolution passed the Senate by a vote of 53-44 in November, a supermajority is unlikely. 
Several lawsuits against the rule are pending. In October, a court issued a national stay to prevent implementation of the rule.
If you have any questions, please contact Ethan Mathews.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Kentucky 2015 Corn Production Report

According to NASS, Corn production in Kentucky is estimated at 225 million bushels, down 1 percent from the November forecast and down slightly from the previous crop. Yield is estimated at 172 bushels per acre, down 3 bushels from the November forecast and up 14 bushels from the 2014 level. Acres for harvest as grain are estimated at 1.31 million acres, down 120,000 acres from 2014. The U.S. corn production is estimated at 13.6 billion bushels, down slightly from the November forecast and down 4 percent from the revised 2014 estimate. The average yield in the United States is estimated at 168.4 bushels per acre. This is down 0.9 bushels from the November forecast and 2.6 bushels below the revised 2014 average yield. Area harvested for grain is estimated at 80.7 million acres, up slightly from the November forecast and down 3 percent from the revised 2014 acreage.