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.

Judicial Extortion in California

The California office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) under what is called Proposition 65 “…must warn Californians about the presence of chemicals that are known to the state to cause cancer.”

In July, OEHHA issued an opinion declaring that glyphosate or Roundup was to be added to the list of chemicals which are “known” to California to cause cancer and thereby be subject to the requirements of Proposition 65.

OEHHA did not conduct any scientific review to conclude that glyphosate is carcinogenic. California relies on the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) to support its decision. IARC’s conclusion “…is opposed by every global regulatory body that has examined the issue, including OEHHA itself.”

Continue reading

Posted in Agriculture, Land Use, Law and Justice | Comments Off on Judicial Extortion in California

GAO study: Damage to agriculture from climate change

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) is the audit, evaluation, and investigative arm of Congress. GAO evaluates federal programs and provides analyses to help Congress make informed funding decisions. Sens. Maria Cantwell (WA) and Susan Collins (ME) requested the GAO to evaluate how … Continue reading

Posted in Agriculture | Comments Off on GAO study: Damage to agriculture from climate change

EPA’s ‘Endangerment Finding’ is endangered

Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), a Washington, D.C. think tank, sent a letter last week to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt which was signed by 60 climate and health experts. It requested EPA to review its “Endangerment Finding” which EPA uses to claim greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide and methane are endangering the planet. Continue reading

Posted in Agriculture, Environment | Comments Off on EPA’s ‘Endangerment Finding’ is endangered

EPA Inspector General criticizes EPA for foot dragging

EPA’s Inspector General (IG) claims EPA has not developed emission estimation methods (EEM) to determine whether concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) comply with the Clean Air Act (CAA). The IG Report, while not receiving much publicity, will eventually impact animal feeding operations throughout … Continue reading

Posted in Agriculture | Comments Off on EPA Inspector General criticizes EPA for foot dragging

How Environmental Agenda Harms U.S. Economic Growth

George Melloan, former Deputy Editor of the Wall Street Journal editorial page, wrote an insightful column on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017, in the Journalcharging the Democratic party in the United States has become the Green Party. Melloan claims “Under Green influence, Democratic lawmakers, when … Continue reading

Posted in Agriculture | Comments Off on How Environmental Agenda Harms U.S. Economic Growth