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May 13, 2014

Ditch the Rule Campaign Sends Strong Message to Capitol Hill

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Farmers and ranchers across the country recognize their ability to farm could be negatively affected by the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Waters of the U.S. rule. Farm Bureau grassroots members have stepped up and urged EPA to withdraw the Rule. Seanica Otterby has the story.
OtterbyThe American Farm Bureau believes the proposed Waters of the U.S. Rule will have dire consequences for farmers and ranchers across the country, and a substantial impact on the ability of states and local communities to make land use decisions that best fit the needs of their citizens. So far, through Farm Bureau’s Ditch the Rule campaign, AFBF chief lobbyist Dale Moore says more than 230 lawmakers have expressed support by co-signing a letter to EPA to withdraw the rule.
MooreIt shows clearly that they, too, have concerns. They’re hearing from everybody that has some kind of economic activity that requires some work on the land could have a very dramatic and negative impact from this rule, should it go into force.
OtterbyMoore has no doubt support from these lawmakers will likely influence others to step forward.
MooreOur grassroots members have been talking to members of Congress about 90 days that EPA provided is not near enough for a rule of this scope. We need extra time to show EPA how it’s going to impact jobs, rural businesses, enterprise all over the country.
OtterbyState Farm Bureaus have been using a Waters of the U.S. Rule toolkit to help grassroots members, farmers and ranchers, understand the rule so they can educate their state and national legislators about it, according to Moore.
MooreWhen you get enough people from all of these different economic sectors, from all of these different industry sectors, coming together and making this pitch, our hope is that those against it push back, trying to get this rule ditched. But at the same time, for those that may not necessarily be on our side but they at least believe that it’s important for EPA to take some extra time to give us extra time so that we can make our case as to why the way they’ve drafted this rule is just plain wrong.
OtterbySeanica Otterby, Washington.

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