Author Archives: Gary Baise

About Gary Baise

Gary Baise is a Virginia resident and an Illinois farmer. Specializing in agricultural and environmental issues, he also serves as Outside General Counsel for the U.S. Grains Council, Agricultural Retailers Association, and National Sorghum Producers.

That $900 Billion Stimulus Package includes Pork – lots of it!

Congress has passed, and the President has signed, the $900 billion stimulus package. There’s a lot of pork in the bill, and it includes USDA. What is your tax dollar going to support? About $10 million will be made available … Continue reading

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President-Elect Biden Loads Up on Lawyers

President-Elect Joe Biden has announced his EPA review team, many of whom are lawyers from some of the nation’s largest legal firms. Agriculture is in for an interesting ride. Patrice Lumumba Simms is designated as the team leader to review … Continue reading

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President-Elect Biden Will Rejoin Paris Climate Accord

President-Elect Joe Biden is planning to quickly sign a series of Executive Orders shortly after being sworn in on January 20, 2021. This is according to media outlets. The Washington Post states “He [Biden] will rejoin the Paris Climate Accord and…[fulfill] commitments … Continue reading

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Feds’ Jargon-filled Memo Won’t Help Farmers Manage Wetlands

Back in July USDA Under Secretary Bill Northey, Assistant Secretary of the Army R. D. James, and EPA Assistant Administrator for water David Ross signed an essentially meaningless memorandum on how to determine issues related to the implementation of Section … Continue reading

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Little for Farmers in Dem Party Platform

The Democratic party released its draft platform for 2020 this month with 10 sections, and not one is on agriculture! The platform has sections on “Building a Stronger, Fairer Economy”; “Achieving Universal Affordable Quality Healthcare”; “Combatting the Climate Crisis and … Continue reading

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