Background:
The AFBF delegate body approved a resolution calling for more congressional oversight of the Environmental Protection Agency’s regulatory actions. The resolution calls on Congress to assess the impact that EPA regulations would have on agriculture and to consider legislation to stop EPA’s excessive regulation of economic growth. EPA’s regulatory reach continues to grow exponentially and at the expense of our ability to produce food, fiber and fuel. EPA needs more common sense and less negativity toward production agriculture in the enforcement of the nation’s existing environmental statutes.

A number of regulatory initiatives are now being discussed on Capitol Hill. These include legislative attempts to suspend the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) 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.

Legislative Request:
Farm Bureau urges Congress to assess the impact that EPA regulations would have on agriculture and to consider legislation to stop or slow EPA’s excessive regulation of:

  • Greenhouse Gases/Climate Change
  • Particulate Matter (also known as dust)
  • Milk as a hazardous oil spill
  • TMDLs