Analysis of EPA Waters of the U.S. Pre-Publication Proposal

On December 11, 2018, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Acting Administrator, Andrew Wheeler and R.D. James, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, signed a “pre-publication” of a proposed rule on Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS). EPA will submit it to the Federal Register for publication. Publication will likely occur in a few weeks.…

GAO to EPA: Share Information on States Successes Identifying and Disclosing Lead Service Lines

A U.S. House of Representatives Committee report accompanying an appropriations bill for the FY 2017 Department of the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies includes a provision for the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to review lead service lines. EPA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) agree that lead is harmful to health, especially…

Meetings of EPA NDWAC presents opportunities for companies and water systems to offer expert advice & ideas to federal government.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced a meeting of the National Drinking Water Advisory Council (NDWAC) on December 6 & 7.   The NDWAC was established under the Safe Drinking Water Act of 1974. Congress created the NDWAC to provide advice, information, and recommendations on matters related to activities, functions, policies, and regulations of…

Impacts on Agriculture in U.S. – China Quest for Dominance in Artificial Intelligence (AI)

From the historical perspective the U.S. agriculture industry generally understands that it often bears the brunt of international trade disputes.  The current trade dispute imposed by the U.S. with multiple trading partners is no exception. However with farm income down 52%, the longevity of continued support from farm constituencies of this particular trade dispute is…

What Can Possibly Be Accomplished During 2018 Lame Duck Session of Congress?

Congress left many issues undone for the 16-days scheduled in the legislative calendar after the 2018 midterm elections, known as the lame duck session of Congress. Below are some of those remaining issues. FY 2019 Appropriations Bill Congress enacted 5 (of the total 12) annual FY 2019 appropriations bills prior to the beginning of the…

Farm Bill 201?

The Chairmen and Ranking Members of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees, Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS), Congressman Mike Conaway (R-TX),  Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Congressman Collin Peterson (D-MN) are the principle negotiators on merging the two versions of the 5-year Farm Bill.  Known as the “Big 4”  they (and their staff) have been meeting…

Congress Adopts Major Water Legislation: $4.4 billion Authorized for State Drinking Water Revolving Loan Fund

On September 13 the U.S. House of Representatives adopted the House Amendment to S. 3021, The America’s Infrastructure Act of 2018.  S.3021 passed the U.S. Senate earlier on September 4.  The House Amendment to S. 3021 is a bicameral and bipartisan compromise on components of three major pieces of water legislation, namely the House and…

Federal Budget Changes Coming. Is Your Organization Ready?

No matter the outcome of the upcoming mid-term elections there is an important policy issue that will take center stage early in the coming 116th Congress.  Its an issue that everyone knows Congress must begin to address and its an issue that could impact everyone’s favorite federal program — the federal debt and growing federal…

Cansler Consulting Value Proposition

Stick to the Basics At Cansler Consulting we are proud of our heritage and deep roots in the multi-faceted agriculture industry.  On the farm is where we learned about the value of hard work, integrity, respect for others, and how to innovate. We stick to these basic fundamentals no matter the diversity of issues that…

Case Study: Cansler Consulting Works to Maintain Client’s Multi-Million Dollar Export Market & Jobs

The Challenge When our client came to Cansler Consulting changes were about to occur in the federal government procurement inventory processes that would cause them to lose a multi-million dollar, decades-long established export market.  It would mean about a 15% loss to the company’s annual earnings.  In addition, losing this market would cause hundreds of…

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) at Forefront of Emerging Technologies

The U.S. House Science, Space, and Technology Committee has unanimously approved the National Institute of Standards and Technology Reauthorization Act of 2018 (H.R. 6229), introduced by Congresswoman Barbara Comstock (R-VA), Chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Research and Technology. The U.S. House was scheduled to adopt H.R. 6229 by unanimous consent this week. However it no…

UPDATE: House & Senate Name Members to Farm Bill Conference Committee, Some Progress But Heavy Lifting Remains

On August 1, the U.S. Senate named the following members to negotiate the legislative discrepancies between the House and Senate versions of H.R. 2, the 2018 Farm Bill: Republicans Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (KY) Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (KS) John Boozman (AR) John Hoeven (ND) Joni Ernst (IA) Democrats Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Debbie…

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