AFBF: Farmers Need New Water Rule

A farm leader testifying to lawmakers on Wednesday said that farmers need a clear and understandable water rule from the EPA.

Wyoming Farm Bureau President Todd Fornstrom told a Senate Environment and Public Works subcommittee that “Farm Bureau cannot overstate the importance of a rule that draws clear lines of jurisdiction that farmers and ranchers can understand.” Fornstrom praised the latest proposed rule for its preservation of the Clean Water Act’s partnership among federal, state and local regulators.

AFBF contends that expensive professional services needed to comply with current rules of the Clean Water Act make it impossible for farmers to use their own land to its fullest.  AFBF says the new proposed rule draws clear lines between waters of the U.S. and waters of the state. A Texas court recently struck down the 2015 rule.