From the Field: EPA’s Proposed Rule Could Hinder Conservation Projects

From the Field is a bi-monthly column written by Mark Campbell, Farm Bureau Field Services Director for the Central District. He writes about Farm Bureau member benefits and County Farm Bureau activities.

I subscribe to several daily agriculture and beef emails, and the article in one caught my attention. It was about the EPA’s proposed rule on Waters of the U.S. I have read several articles and action alerts on this over the past few months, and you probably have too. 

However, a perspective was given by a Pennsylvania farmer that I had not considered. The farmer, Andy Fabin, was testifying before a Congressional Committee on the possible effects of this rule and said that participation in conservation programs could be hindered. The reason being that once a farmer or rancher was signed up with a government program, it would be easier for the feds to monitor and further enforce burdensome and bureaucratic regulations verses someone that wanted to stay under the radar. 

I like many other farmers have implemented conservation projects and they have been good for the cattle and water quality. I hope that EPA and Congress seriously listened to Fabin’s testimony as EPA’s proposed rule could potentially decrease conservation efforts. Incentives work in a lot of things. Beating someone over the head to accomplish a goal rarely does.
Here is a link to the article.
Until next time,
Mark

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