This week we’re going FarrrTHUR with Liz at FarmPaparazzi.com, so load up, we’re heading to Wyoming.
Yesterday Liz shared a piece she wrote for her local newspaper. In it she highlights some farmer disturbing water issues that we’d like you to consider.
Now, when I say “farmer disturbing” I don’t mean we’re too busy to be bothered, nor do I imply that we are above water quality considerations. No, not at all. Farmers are very generous with their time and rarely if ever make a decision without thinking about the future. Future decisions around here don’t mean what’s for supper tonight. No, we think in terms of the ability to grow your supper for generations to come. We are long term planners here.
Have a look at Liz’ article. It’s short and informational – not agriculturally dramatic – and YOU can respond to the EPA at the end of her post.
Thank you muchly!
P.S. After reading Liz’ article, if you want to leave a note opposing the expansion of this water rule, feel free to come back here for details to help you comment:
*Ditch the RULE: click that link on Liz’s page, then click “Take Action Now” red button at right of page. Scroll down and fill in the blank with a personalized request sometimes it’s hard to know where to start…so, here’s a start you can personalize – what I wrote…
Our family has farmed responsibly in the Southeastern US for 150 years. We do not support expanding the scope of navigable waters.
Farmers and farms are a shrinking portion of the population, yet we are indispensable. Our decisions are made with an eye to the future – sustaining the benefits of our land and water for our family and the feeding of many more. We are conservationist. Expanding this rule is not in keeping with the goals of everyday conservationists. We oppose it.
*Beef USA: click that link, then click the blue font in the middle of the page that says “Submit Comment to Stop…” This form does not require personalized comment. Just enter your contact information, review the letter and submit.
Have fun in Wyoming with Liz! 🙂
Note: The following is a column I wrote for our local paper, The Platte County Record Times, as part of my local Laramie Peak CattleWomen‘s monthly column.
Did you know that regulations can have big, often negative, impacts on your local farmers and ranchers? Platte County producers are well aware of this fact. As responsible stewards of the land and our livestock, we work hard to use the best environmental and animal care practices available. Yet, government agencies continue to weigh down our family farms and ranches with more and more burdensome regulations.
The most recent example is the proposed expansion of regulatory authority under the Clean Water Act. Under the “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) proposed rule, power will be given to the Environmental Protection Agency and US Army Corps of Engineers to dictate land-use decisions and farming practices in or near puddles, ponds, ditches and more…
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