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Statement by Bob Stallman, President, American Farm Bureau Federation, Regarding the Introduction of H.R. 4278, the Preserving Rural Resources Act

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 28, 2012 – “H.R. 4278, the Preserving Rural Resources Act, introduced in the House of Representatives today, addresses a critical issue. The legislation reinforces agricultural exemptions granted to farmers and ranchers by Congress in Section 404 of the Clean Water Act.

“Without these exemptions, farmers, ranchers and the forestry community will face increased federal regulatory and compliance costs, as well as constraints on land used for the production of food, fiber and fuel. We’ve seen a concerted effort by regulators to narrow the scope and usefulness of the CWA exemption Congress explicitly intended for agriculture. This legislation is intended to reaffirm congressional intent.

“We thank Reps. Jason Altmire (D-Pa.) and Robert Hurt (R-Va.) for introducing the Preserving Rural Resources Act and look forward to working with them to ensure its swift consideration and approval by the House.”

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