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Commodity Communicator Weekly

February 22, 2013

SPCC COMPLIANCE DEADLINE REMINDER . . . The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) compliance deadline for the Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasures (SPCC) rule is May 10, 2013. The SPCC rule applies to farms that began operating after August 16, 2002. Farms operating prior to August 16, 2002, should have already had an SPCC plan in place according to EPA.  

For more information, go to:  EPA - SPCC for Ag.

NRCS ANNOUNCES WATER QUALITY INITIATIVE APPLICATION DEADLINE . . . Acting Arkansas State Conservationist Doris Washington announced applications are being accepted through March 15, 2013, for the National Water Quality Initiative in three watersheds in portions of Jefferson and Lincoln counties.

For more information, go to: USDA - Water Quality Initiative.

ARKANSAS, OKLAHOMA TO CONDUCT WATER-QUALITY STUDY . . . Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced Wednesday that Arkansas and Oklahoma officials have agreed to conduct a comprehensive study of phosphorus concentrations in the Illinois River watershed as both states continue work to improve water quality in the region.

For more information, go to: Arkansas AG - SJP&A Extension.

USGS RELEASES REPORT RELATED TO CLIMATE VARIABILITY & GROUNDWATER RECHARGE IN EASTERN ARKANSAS . . . U.S. Geological Survey publications addressing extremes in annual precipitation and increased variability in groundwater recharge rates, particularly in the agricultural areas of eastern Arkansas, are available for web download.

To download the publication, click on the following link: USGS - Recharge Report.

To download the fact sheet, click on the following link: USGS - Recharge Fact Sheet.

GRAINGER DISCOUNTS. . . . . Receive a 10% discount on Grainger products by calling 1-877-202-2594 or by going to the website at  The account number for members is 805 059 599.

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