EPA Water Proposal Rattles Ag Industry.
For years, farmers and ranchers have cast a wary eye toward new laws and regulations from Washington that they fear will be costly burdensome.
Agricultural producers argue they know the best way to take care of their land, not only to maximize production but to preserve the acreage they depend upon to survive.
Now, a rule being proposed by the EPA outlining which bodies of waters the agency would oversee under the Clean Water Act has again rattled the agriculture industry. The EPA says it is necessary after recent court rulings to clarify the 1972 law. Many farmers fear it amounts to nothing more than a land grab that could saddle them with higher costs, more regulatory red tape and less freedom to run their farms and ranches.
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