Find trends and outlooks, education and more on financing rural America from Farm Credit Services of America.

More Content

FCSAmerica Joins “Common Sense Nebraska” Coalition

A proposal by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to vastly expand the federal agency’s powers under the Clean Water Act (CWA) has prompted a number of Nebraska organizations and entities to join forces under the coalition of “Common Sense Nebraska.”

The rule, as proposed by the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers, erases the distinction between bodies of water. It would give the EPA regulatory authority over ponds, ditches and ephemerals (land that looks like a small stream during heavy rain but isn’t wet most of the year).

The EPA rule would be extremely harmful to Nebraska’s farm and ranch families, forcing many to obtain CWA permits for the most basic farming and ranching practices. Businesses and other entities also required to obtain federal permits would face increased budgets and project timelines. Unpredictability would result -- and that’s never good for farmers and ranchers looking to comply with regulations.

Founding members of the Common Sense coalition include Nebraska Cattlemen, Nebraska Corn Growers Association, Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation, Nebraska Pork Producers Association, Nebraska Poultry Industries, Nebraska Soybean Association and the Nebraska State Dairy Association.

Other organizations, including FCSAmerica, that have joined the coalition are the AKSARBEN Club Managers Association, Association of General Contractors - NE Chapter, Golf Course Builders Association, Nebraska Association of County Officials, Nebraska Association of Resource Districts, Nebraska Bankers Association, Nebraska Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Nebraska Corn Board, Nebraska Golf Course Superintendents Association, Nebraska Grain Sorghum Producers Association, Nebraska Rural Electric Association, Nebraska State Home Builders Association, and the Nebraska Water Resources Association.

The EPA is accepting public comments on the proposed rule through October 20, 2014. The EPA explains how the public can submit comments and provides the necessary links at Or you can visit the Nebraska Farm Bureau for a guide and sample letter.


Load more comments
Your comment has been received and is being reviewed.

Comments are moderated and reviewed before they are posted on the site. View our terms of use.


May 19, 2023 | The Business of Agriculture

Record U.S. Crops, Lower Prices: What USDA Forecast Means for Ag

Read more about the global supply and demand and U.S. commodity prices for new crop in marketing year 2023/24.

Nov 17, 2023 | The Business of Agriculture

Farmland Prices Rebound to Near Highs

The real estate market for farmland rebounded in the third quarter of 2023 following several months of stabilizing prices.

Jul 13, 2023 | The Business of Agriculture

A Bearish WASDE: What the July Report Means for Markets, Producers

While USDA was expected to lower its yield estimate for 2023 corn, the move is still significant. Our economist, Matt Erickson, looks at the July WASDE means for markets and producers.

Ready to Talk?

Contact us if you have questions or need more information. Fill out the form, or connect with your local office using the Office Locator.

FCSAmerica serves farmers, ranchers, agribusinesses and rural residents in Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming. For inquiries outside this geography, use the Farm Credit Association Locator  to contact your local office.