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NCFC Statement on the New “Waters of the United States” Rule

Washington, D.C. | “NCFC is disappointed that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers did not fully adhere to the ruling issued by the Supreme Court decision earlier this year with their new ‘waters of the United States’ (WOTUS) rule announced. This action is a missed opportunity to follow the Court’s guidance and resolve a longstanding issue in a commonsense way.


“By picking and choosing what to address in this new definition, the Agencies continue to further inject uncertainty for farmers and ranchers across the country. NCFC calls on the Biden administration to work with the agricultural community and other stakeholders in a meaningful way to develop a long-term solution that reflects the Supreme Court’s decision, protects true navigable waters and provides producers with the certainty they need for their operations.”


About NCFC

Since 1929, NCFC has been the voice of America's farmer cooperatives. Our members are regional and national farmer cooperatives, which are in turn consist of nearly 2,000 local farmer cooperatives across the country. NCFC members also include 17 state and regional councils of cooperatives. Farmer cooperatives allow individual farmers the ability to own and lead organizations that are essential for continued competitiveness in both the domestic and international markets.America’s farmer-owned cooperatives provide a comprehensive array of services for their members. These diverse organizations handle, process and market virtually every type of agricultural commodity. They also provide farmers with access to infrastructure necessary to manufacture, distribute and sell a variety of farm inputs. Additionally, they provide credit and related financial services, including export financing.

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