Author Archives: Gary Baise

About Gary Baise

Gary H. Baise is an Illinois farmer and trial attorney at the law firm Olsson Frank Weeda Terman Bode Matz PC. 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.

Study Questions Ethanol’s Image

The Heritage Foundation Blueprint for Agriculture includes a lengthy chapter on U.S. biofuels policy and the renewable fuel standard (RFS). Heritage concludes that ethanol and other current biofuels are harmful to agriculture, the environment, and consumer. My first two reviews … Continue reading

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Study Says Farm Subsidies Distort Planting Decisions

This week I am addressing Heritage’s view on subsidies. It claims “Government intervention creates numerous problems and makes the status quo of agricultural subsidies an untenable situation. Subsidies distort planting decisions of farmers so that instead of responding to the market, they make decisions based on the incentives provided by the subsidies.” Continue reading

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Heritage Foundation’s blueprint for upcoming 2018 farm bill

Last September the conservative leaning Heritage Foundation issued a report entitled “Farms and Free Enterprise: A Blueprint for Agricultural Policy”. The Report (Here) reviews agricultural policies which Heritage believes needs to be changed and eliminated. This did not go unnoticed. … Continue reading

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Animal agriculture loses common sense exemption

Senior Judge Stephen Williams, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, wrote on April 11, 2017, that an EPA rule governing air releases of ammonia and hydrogen sulfide from animal waste storage must be reported to state and … Continue reading

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Farmers Score Win with Insecticide Decision

Mark March 28, 2017, on your calendar. The USDA and the U.S. EPA have been engaged in an epic dispute regarding the use of chlorpyrifos. The insecticide is used on at least 40,000 farms in the U.S. and on 50 different types of crops. If you read The New York Times story on the insecticide you would conclude that EPA scientists were merely protecting the health of young children and farm workers. The New York Times suggested EPA’s science had been rejected. The news article made no effort to review the powerful arguments made by USDA against EPA banning the use of chlorpyrifos. Continue reading

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