This week North American Ag Spotlight's Chrissy Wozniak speaks with American Farm Bureau Federation's Courtney Briggs. Courtney is American Farm Bureau’s Senior Director of Government Affairs, and she shares what's happening in Washington with the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) ruling and why it matters to every producer!
Courtney stated that, "the Trump administration drew a bright line to protect farmers property rights, but now the Biden Administration has repealed the NWPR and put forward their troubling version of the rule."
AFBF is challenging the new Waters of the United States rule. AFBF joined 17 other organizations representing agriculture, infrastructure and housing, as well as county and state Farm Bureaus in filing suit.
American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall stated “Farmers and ranchers share the goal of protecting the resources we’re entrusted with. Clean water is important to all of us. Unfortunately, the new WOTUS rule once again gives the federal government sweeping authority over private lands. This isn’t what clean water regulations were intended to do. Farmers and ranchers should not have to hire a team of lawyers and consultants to determine how we can farm our land.
“The new rule is vague and creates uncertainty for America’s farmers, even if they’re miles from the nearest navigable water. We believe a judge will recognize these regulations exceed the scope of the Clean Water Act, and direct EPA to develop rules that enable farmers to protect natural resources while ensuring they can continue stocking America’s pantries.”
Read the lawsuit here
Learn more about the issue here - https://www.fb.org/news-release/afbf-files-legal-challenge-to-new-wotus-rule
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