Bill Addresses Farm Input Costs, Regulatory Burdens

A bill has been introduced in the U.S. House that supporters say would protect and promote American agriculture by reversing regulatory barriers to domestic production.

U.S. Representative Dan Newhouse (R-WA) says House Bill 8069, the Reducing Farm Input Costs and Barriers to Production Act, would get government out of the way of agriculture.

“We already have so many barriers to success right now with costs going up, the inability to secure necessary inputs and all the different problems and challenges that we’re facing in agriculture, government should not be one of those challenges.” 

This bill, the Washington state Republican says, would be a big help.

“So, we’re trying to find ways where we can remove some of the red-tape requirements, make sure that we have the chemical tools that are so important to modern agriculture that they continue to be available. Reduce some of the proposed requirements that agencies are coming up with in this administration to start requiring farmers to perform.” 

Because, Newhouse says we’re headed in the wrong direction.

“Truly just advocating for solutions to return to a pro-growth economy. And we want this administration to reduce its harmful regulatory agenda.” 

The global disruptions of essential food products, Newhouse says is hitting everyone.

“Anybody that’s gone to the grocery store lately certainly knows that the price of food is going up. We need to be as responsive as we can to make sure that farmers are not unduly burdened as they try to move forward and produce the necessary food for our country.” 

And that, Newhouse says is what this bill would try and do.

“Expand the effort for small farms, for family farms, for the American agriculture industry in general and allow them to do what they do best is the best way that we can make sure the industry remains successful in this really challenging time and that farmers can do their part to help feed the world.” 

Newhouse says the regulatory burdens take energy away from doing the work farmers should be doing in order to be productive.