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Evening Edition | Wednesday, October 12, 2022

In tonight's Evening Edition, read about corn and soybean yields, arguments about Proposition 12, and a lawsuit for CAFO regulation.

Corn and Soybean Yields

Editor Cassidy Walter reports on the data from the USDA World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates.

For corn, USDA is projecting the 2022-2023 yield to be 171.9 bushels per acre. This is below the trade expectation of 172.1 bushels per acre. The September estimate was 172.5 bushels per acre.

Click the article below to learn about the U.S. soybean and wheat projections, plus world ending stocks.

Parts of Humboldt County, Iowa, are suffering from moderate, severe and extreme drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. It rests on the edge of some of the worst conditions in the state.

There’s an area of the county where farmers planted the same variety of corn in fields six miles apart, and one site had respectable yields of 200 bushels per acre. The other site had 140 bushels per acre.

Find out where the most variability is in the state and why by reading the article linked below.

Proposition 12

California “wants to change farming methods everywhere” with an unconstitutional reach beyond its borders through its Proposition 12 animal-welfare law, a lawyer for the pork industry told the Supreme Court on Tuesday.

Supreme Court justices heard Timothy Bishop’s and California's Michael Mongan’s positions of when “extraterritoriality” is permitted and how to balance a state’s interests in the health and safety of its citizens against the burdens that its laws impose outside its borders.

Read the responses from the justices in this article.

EPA Lawsuit

A coalition of public interest and environmental justice organizations filed a lawsuit Friday to compel EPA to respond to an earlier rule-making petition submitted to the agency in 2017, that asked EPA to overhaul how large-scale animal production facilities are regulated under the Clean Water Act.

The lawsuit argues that the agency’s five-year delay to respond to the petition is unreasonable and violates the Administrative Procedure Act, which requires agencies like EPA to respond to petitions “within a reasonable time.”

Read on to learn about the petitioners in support of this lawsuit.

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