by Ben Nuelle
PHOENIX, AZ – In front of 5,000 farm bureau members Sunday, AFBF President Zippy Duvall urged members to contact their congressmen about the importance of deregulation in agriculture.
Iowa Farm Bureau President Craig Hill says one rule affecting many Iowa farmers comes to mind.
“We were unsuspecting of a rule that came out a few years ago titled Waters of the U.S. or WOTUS. EPA created new definitions that have never been used before. They were implementing a rule that I don’t believe had a great deal of input from agriculture,” Hill says.
Hill says the WOTUS rule creates unforeseen circumstances.
“Ninety-seven percent of Iowa would become jurisdictional to the federal government, to EPA. Which means before a practice was performed by a farmer they would need to receive a permit,” Hill says. “That permit would take months or years to obtain.”
Hill adds a new administration is going to lend itself to regulatory reform and things we’ve been asking for.