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Farm Bill Passes U.S. Senate--NACo Successfully Reinstates Rural Development Funding

Posted Date: 
June 25, 2012
Contact: 
Erik Johnston, Associate Legislative Director, Agriculture and Rural Affairs and Rural Action Caucus, NACo

On Thursday, June 21, the U. S. Senate passed the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012, S. 3240, by a vote of 64-35 after voting on 73 amendments. NACo’s priority amendment, SA 2445, sponsored by Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), passed by a vote of 55-44.

Cooperating Agency & Coordination: Key Tools for Managing Public Lands

Posted Date: 
June 19, 2012
Contact: 
Cynthia Moses-Nedd, Department of the Interior Liason

Strong intergovernmental partnerships yield positive outcomes.Building bridges across the local, state, tribal and federal government divide benefits all.

"Waters of the U.S." Passes House Committee

Posted Date: 
June 19, 2012
Contact: 
Julie Ufner, Associate Legislative Director

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee passed H.R. 4965, a bill that would prevent the Obama administration from moving forward with its “waters of the U.S.” guidance. The bill passed by a vote of 33-18 June 7.

NACo Board Approves Dues Freeze for 2013

Posted Date: 
June 19, 2012
Contact: 
Andrew S. Goldschmidt, Membership Marketing Director, NACo

The NACo Board of Directors has approved a dues freeze for the sixth year in a row for 2013 and also okayed a Census adjustment for dues for 2014. Member counties should budget the same amount for dues for 2013 as they paid in 2012.

EPA Schedules NACo Conference Call on Stormwater Run-off from Logging Roads

Posted Date: 
June 14, 2012

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced recently that is considering changes to current stormwater regulations so state National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits are not required for stormwater discharges from forest roads. At the same time, the EPA is requesting information on voluntary best management practices for addressing stormwater runoff from logging/forest roads. The EPA is accepting comments on their proposal until June 22.

Farm Bill Heads to Senate; Action Needed

Posted Date: 
June 4, 2012
Contact: 
Erik Johnston, Associate Legislative Director

The full Senate is likely to take up the farm bill this week after members returned from their in-state work week. The Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012 passed the Senate Agriculture Committee April 26.

Selby Heads WIR; Public Lands Energy Policy Gets Centerstage

Posted Date: 
June 4, 2012
Contact: 
Beverly Schlotterbeck, Executive Director, NACo County News

Americans look to the West for its heritage, majestic scenery, recreational opportunities and abundant natural resources. These competing views, which have defined the West for decades, inevitably collide in America’s public lands counties, heirs to millions of acres of federally owned land.

EPA Announces Stormwater Runoff from Forest Road Plan

Posted Date: 
June 4, 2012
Contact: 
Julie Ufner, Associate Legislative Director

The Environmental Protection Agency recently announced that it will revise current stormwater regulations to state that National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits are no longer required for stormwater discharges from forest roads.

NACo's 'Counties Work' Game Receives National Recognition

Posted Date: 
June 4, 2012
Contact: 
Jim Philipps, Media Relations Manager

NACo has received a 2012 Gold Circle Award for Innovative Communications from the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) for its online game, Counties Work, which educates students about the role and responsibilities of county government.

Counties Continue to Roll Out Smartphone Applications

Posted Date: 
June 4, 2012
Contact: 
Charlie Ban, Staff Writer, NACo County News

As smartphone use increases across demographics, counties are continuing to take advantage of the popularity of mobile applications to deliver information and service to residents.