Ag briefs: Judge stops Trump rule that suspended Clean Water Act

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Judge halts Trump rule that suspended clean water protection

A federal judge in South Carolina has ruled the Trump administration did not properly seek public input when it suspended protections designed to thwart waterway pollution.

The Post and Courier newspaper reports the decision by U.S. District Judge David Norton in Charleston favors environmental groups in allowing restrictions on development around certain waterways. The regulations are aimed at reducing stormwater runoff.

The ruling is likely to be appealed. It doesn't apply in several other states where legal action continues.

But Bob Irvin, president and CEO of American Rivers, one of the groups that filed suit in Charleston against the government, called it a "huge win" for clean water.

Under then-President Barack Obama, the federal government issued a new rule under the Clean Water Act expanding definitions of wetlands and small waterways to better protect groundwater supplies.


Farmers cautioned about possible unauthorized grain sampling

Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring is cautioning North Dakota farmers about the possibility of people impersonating state employees in order to take photos and samples of grain.

Goehring says his office has had calls from farmers about people supposedly acting in an official capacity and taking photos and samples of wheat fields.

He says no state government agency or North Dakota State University has authorized any such work. And he says anyone working for the state should be able to provide proper credentials and the reason for their visit.

Goehring encourages farmers who encounter suspicious activity to alert the authorities.


Deere: Fiscal 3Q Earnings Snapshot

Deere & Co. (DE) on Aug. 17, reported fiscal third-quarter profit of $910.3 million.

On a per-share basis, the Moline, Illinois-based company said it had profit of $2.78. Earnings, adjusted for pretax gains, were $2.59 per share.

The results fell short of Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of eight analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $2.77 per share.

The agricultural equipment manufacturer posted revenue of $10.31 billion in the period. Its adjusted revenue was $9.29 billion, beating Street forecasts. Five analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $9.17 billion.

Deere shares have fallen 12 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard & Poor's 500 index has climbed 6 percent. The stock has risen 8.5 percent in the last 12 months.


Crave Brothers Farmstead cheese wins Best of Show at Dodge County Fair

Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese took home first place honors in the 2018 Dodge County Fair Cheese judging for its Mascarpone Cheese and its Marinated Fresh Mozzarella Balls. In addition, the Marinated Fresh Mozzarella received the overall Merit Award. It also placed first at the 2018 World Cheese Championships and second at the 2018 American Cheese Society.

Crave Brothers Farmers Rope String Cheese won the second place award in the Italian Cheese — Pasta Filata category at Dodge County Fair in Beaver Dam.

The winning Marinated Ciliegine (cherry size) Fresh Mozzarella is a Crave Brothers specialty, marinated in a signature blend of olive oil and canola oil, with a custom spice mix. All told, Crave Brothers Fresh Mozzarella varieties have earned more 36 awards for excellence.

In addition to receiving honors for Fresh Mozzarella, Crave Brothers Mascarpone won first place in the Mascarpone class.  This luxurious cheese, made from fresh, sweet cream, has been honored with more than 30 awards since it was introduced.



Man dies in farming accident after tractor rollover

Authorities say a Pennsylvania man was killed in a farming accident when his tractor rolled over an embankment.

The Bedford County coroner's office says 78-year-old Merle King was clearing trees with a four-wheel drive tractor with a front-loader attachment in Monroe Township on Saturday morning.

Coroner Rusty Styer says King was pinned beneath the vehicle when the tractor rolled over an embankment. He was pronounced dead at the scene of blunt-force trauma. Styer ruled the death accidental.


Georgia school opens new barn for show pigs following fire

Students at a rural Georgia high school have a new home for their show pigs after a fire destroyed their old barn last fall.

Future Farmers of America members at Perry High School cut the ribbon on their new concrete swine barn roughly nine months after a heat lamp set fire to their former facility in November, killing 55 pigs inside.

Students use the barn to raise pigs for showing at competitions. FFA member Bryce Roland told WMAZ-TV that after the fire "all of us here were heartbroken."

About 200 people turned out for the official opening at the new pig barn Thursday. Roland says volunteers contributed about $100,000 in cash donations and time to help rebuild after the fire.