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Thursday 07/17/14

AFBF not Impressed by EPA Reaction to Ag Concerns
American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman said in a statement Thursday that the industry's attempts to reach out to EPA officials have been unsuccessful on many of the issues of concern for agriculture in the proposed Clean Water Act rule.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 10:41AM CDT 07/17/14 by Todd Neeley | Post a Comment
Comments (8)
This is really serious. I hope farmers are writing their representatives and commenting during the comment period.
Posted by Unknown at 1:44PM CDT 07/17/14
I've already sent my comment. Farmers should consider how onerous permitting would be. Mother Nature doesn't take a two or three day vacation every week like the permitting office would. Worst of all, imagine that you need to apply additional nitrogen fertilizer (wet weather caused too much loss) and the government permitting office closes down indefinitely due to lack of budget appropriations.
Posted by Curt Zingula at 6:22AM CDT 07/18/14
Where was AFB when the EPA was promoting the SPCC rules to get fuel containment dikes built on farms? The language supporting that rule was essentially what they are now promoting. Oh, yeah -- AFB developed a consultants package to charge farmers to develop SPCC plans! I asked my NDFB to oppose expansion of SPCC but they didn't. AFB and several states made money promoting SPCC. And just NOW they are finally getting around to opposing what they were once complicit in promoting?!
Posted by LeeFarms at 7:36AM CDT 07/18/14
I just finished reading Jerry's article about Conservation Groups ideas of the new CWA rules. When these groups view private land as there land (our wetlands) there are big problems. I would like to use others property as I wish but that would be unconstitutional and against other various laws. Clearly they want to make rules they don't have to live by them. The waterfowl numbers are at all time highs yet these groups say wetlands are being lost, the facts just don't add up. In South Dakota alone the goose population is so high there is a call to shoot a 50 bird daily limit. Surely this doesn't sound like conservation to me. Habit control should be one of the first things to look at instead of a massacre. Obviously there are too many wetlands. The waterfowl numbers state the facts, wetlands have actually become bigger and more plentiful than ever the data backs it up. The CWA was implemented to reduce harmful high concentrations of contaminants in navigable waters. Many cities are directly discharging untreated storm sewer drainage currently with permits. The rural farmers are now the minority and are falsely being accused of all of the water problems yet not much public outcry for the linear foot pollution rate of cities. If wetlands are truly more valuable than cropland, which these groups and now the EPA are stating, then the landowners with these wetlands need to be compensated fairly, that means at values higher than that of the most valuable cropland around. That is not happening. This is a takings. This is a violation of the 5th amendment. Farmers and farm groups have always worked to do the best we can and have worked with conservation groups, but clearly these groups are over stepping the line. They are beginning to help pass policy that is leading to condemnation of private cropland. This will lead this nation to higher food costs and threatened our food independence as a country.
Posted by Unknown at 5:07PM CDT 07/18/14
I will also add that this has been all been put together by these groups starting with adding wetland compliance to crop insurance in the farm bill. Now you add in the EPA ruling and you stop all new drainage and give people in not only the EPA but also NRCS extreme regulatory power. The fines and pay backs of crop insurance subsides will break any farm. You could be drowning with a torrential rain and be forced to drown, YOU WILL BE IN VIOLATION TO SAVE YOURSELF! Don't believe me, ask producers in northeast South Dakota. There is no justice or liberty with rules like this limiting private property rights. When the public has more rights on your property than the land owner has we have lost what it means to be the United States and what all of the soldiers of this country have fought for.
Posted by Unknown at 10:28PM CDT 07/18/14
I will also add that this has been all been put together by these groups starting with adding wetland compliance to crop insurance in the farm bill. Now you add in the EPA ruling and you stop all new drainage and give people in not only the EPA but also NRCS extreme regulatory power. The fines and pay backs of crop insurance subsides will break any farm. You could be drowning with a torrential rain and be forced to drown, YOU WILL BE IN VIOLATION TO SAVE YOURSELF! Don't believe me, ask producers in northeast South Dakota. There is no justice or liberty with rules like this limiting private property rights. When the public has more rights on your property than the land owner has we have lost what it means to be the United States and what all of the soldiers of this country have fought for.
Posted by Unknown at 10:28PM CDT 07/18/14
Around here the bigger the farmer the more they disk the waterways and soil erosion is rampant .No regs . no crop ins. subsidies.
Posted by melvin meister at 10:07AM CDT 07/21/14
Melvin sounds to me that your addressing HEL issues not wetland issues. I stick to my words.
Posted by Unknown at 7:36PM CDT 07/21/14
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