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Commodity Communicator Weekly

October 19, 2012

BIENNIAL WATER LAW AND POLICY CONFERENCE – WATER: THE CHOICE…..The University of Arkansas Public Policy Center and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law are sponsoring a conference at the C.A Vines Arkansas 4-H Center in Ferndale, Arkansas on Thursday, November 8. The cost to attend is $55 and $20 for students. Lunch is included.

For more information and to register, click on the following link: Water Law Conf - Registration.  

HOW A LITTLE INDIAN BEAN IMPACTS U.S. FRACKING…..A little bean called guar, which in Hindi means “cow food,” has the world’s largest oil and gas producers fretting over profit margins. (Excerpt from CNBC.com)

To read the article, go to: CNBC - Guar Beans.

AGRICULTURE SUBSURFACE TILES A “POINT SOURCE”?.....A recent federal decision addresses the scope of the Clean Water Act agricultural runoff exclusion.  The Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Association and other non-profit organizations (collectively “Pacific”) brought an action in United States District Court (Eastern District of California) under the citizen suit provision of the Clean Water Act.

To read the article, click on the following link: MitchellWilliamsLaw - Ag Point Source?.

USDA NATURAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE ANNOUNCES SIGN-UP PERIOD FOR CONSERVATION STEWARDSHIP PROGRAM
…..USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced yesterday the ranking period cut-off date for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) is Nov. 16.  Arkansas producers interested in CSP should submit applications to their local NRCS office by the deadline so their applications can be considered during the first ranking period of 2013.

For more information, click on the following link:  NRCS - 2013 CSP Sign-up.

FARM BUREAU VEHICLE PURCHASE PROGRAM
…..Members now have a better way to buy a new or used vehicle through this easy to use program.  Benefits include in-depth price reports, target prices, estimated values and certified dealers.  The $500 GM incentive for members is already built into the system for qualifying vehicles.  Complete details at www.FBVerify.com/Drive.  

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