Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Red Tape Impacts on Farming and Ranching

Drivin Cattle on the Clover Highway, Kimmel Dalley Photo

AFBF Outlines Regulations Impacting Agriculture

Washington-- The American Farm Bureau Federation responded to a request in December from Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, seeking information on the negative economic impact of government regulations on farms and ranches.

In a letter sent to Issa earlier this month, AFBF President Bob Stallman said the list of recent federal regulatory actions that have had or may have a negative economic impact on agriculture is long. Stallman provided an outline to Issa of the more important regulatory actions.

Farm Bureau continues to keep watch on regulatory issues being discussed on Capitol Hill. These include legislative attempts to suspend the Environmental Protection Agency’s regulations of greenhouse gases; oversight of the regulatory process used by EPA and other agencies; the REINS Act (Regulations by the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act) introduced by Rep. Geoff Davis (R-Ky.); and an effort by members of Congress to use the Congressional Review Act to increase accountability by the executive branch to Congress.

At AFBF’s annual meeting in Atlanta, delegates unanimously adopted a resolution calling for greater congressional oversight of EPA. AFBF is working with members of Congress and other organizations on these efforts.

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