This week members of the House Agriculture and Natural Resources committees will be asking questions about rules on pesticide use, particularly when they deal with the Endangered Species Act. Tyler Wegmeyer, American Farm Bureau Federation regulatory specialist, says redundant rules make life hard for farmers, but don’t help preserve endangered species.
The 62nd Legislative Assembly has concluded with record-breaking spending levels and significant tax reductions. As one legislator has been quoted as saying, “We have to decide how much to spend, how much to save and how much to return to the taxpayers.”
The Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released proposed Clean Water Act rules on Wednesday that would give the federal government control over an expanding amount of private farm and ranch ground.
North Dakota Farm Bureau said the state is in the best position to regulate the use of hydraulic fracturing at a Bureau of Land Management public hearing in Bismarck on April 20.
The first Earth Day was April 22, 1970, and is often credited for launching the modern environmental movement. The passage of the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act and other environmental laws soon followed the first Earth Day 41 years ago.
Dr. Bob Young, the American Farm Bureau Federation’s chief economist, provides an interesting and useful breakdown of the federal budget, taxes and the deficit in the April issue of AFBF’s Crop Market Update. According to Young, the federal government spends $11,475 for every man, woman and child in the United States.