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AFBF to NYT: WOTUS Regulates Farmer Land Use

News / In The News June 15, 2018

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American Farm Bureau Federation’s Don Parrish was quoted by the New York Times in an article about possible changes to Environmental Protection Agency regulations. The New York Times explained that the EPA has “a detailed legal proposal to dramatically scale back an Obama-era regulation on water pollution.”

Parrish, AFBF senior director of regulatory relations, shared why the 2015 Waters of the United States rule concerns agriculture. “Really, they were trying to regulate land use,” he said. “It would have called into question where and how farmers could use things like manure spreaders and pesticide sprayers. Or how deeply they could plow. Or even what kinds of crops could be grown where.”

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