EPA Looks to Control Land Use
Last week EPA
released a proposed rule that would vastly expand their authority over
farm and ranch operations. Their proposal has far reaching implications
that would allow them to tell you what you can and can't do on your
In short, EPA has
moved ahead with a proposal that Congress and the Supreme Court have
determined goes well beyond the agency's authority. This rule would give
them the ability to claim federal authority over land where water pools
or flows only during precipitation events (i.e. areas that are not
wetlands or do not normally flow unless it is raining/snow melt).
The rule has
serious consequences as this authority would give EPA the power to
require you to have a permit for things like applying fertilizer or
chemicals, but more frightening, the ability to deny a permit for you to
do these things on your land.
This rule is clearly about EPA controlling land use and taking away private property rights!
Farm Bureau is
actively working with members of Congress and raising concerns with the
Administration in an effort to defeat this ludicrous, but very real
threat to your operation. To help us show how far reaching this
proposal really goes, we are asking you to submit photos to us of the
1. Photos of low lying areas of fields and pastures where water collects.
2. Photos of drainage ways, ditches, creeks, that only flow with water during rainfall events.
3. Photos of snow melt in low lying areas.
4. Photos of irrigation ditches and reuse pits.
photos of the first three items as they appear before, during and after
a precipitation event which will allow us to demonstrate the limited
time in which water collects in these areas.
Pictures from a camera or cell phone would be fine.
These photos will be used in a campaign Nebraska Farm Bureau will engage in to stop this rule!
Photos can be sent to Craig Head:
Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation
Attn: Craig Head
P.O. Box 80299
Lincoln, NE 68501
We greatly appreciate your help as we anticipate precipitation events across the state over the next couple of days.
Nebraska Farm Bureau President
Click here to view the webinar from April 7 to learn more about EPA's latest attempt to expand their power on your farm >>