Johanns Amendment Would Ban EPA Aerial Surveillance

Nebraska Senator Mike Johanns is looking to ban the Environmental Protection Agency’s use of aerial surveillance with an amendment to the farm bill. Johanns says it’s a trust issue – stating that farmers and ranchers don’t trust EPA doing low-level surveillance flights over their operations. He adds that the surveillance program only adds to the deficit of trust the closed-door agency has earned of late. According to a press release – the agency failed to provide comprehensive answers about the program’s use nationwide. The amendment introduced Tuesday would specifically prohibit EPA from conducting aerial surveillance to inspect or to record images of agricultural operations. It does not affect the use of traditional on-site inspections. Johanns says it’s past time for Congress to put an end to EPA’s use of aerial surveillance. is dedicated to serving the agricultural industry in the Carolinas and Virginia with the latest ag news, exclusive regional weather station readings, and key crop market information. The website is a companion of the Southern Farm Network, provider of daily agricultural radio programming to the Carolinas since 1974. presents radio programs, interviews and news relevant to crop and livestock production and research throughout the mid-Atlantic agricultural community.