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EPA's Pruitt talks WOTUS, RFS with Farm Bureau members

Farm Bureau leaders praise Pruitt's approach to working with people on the 'front lines.'

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt talked about the agency’s role in American agriculture during a March 14 appearance before more than 300 members of the Iowa, Missouri, Ohio and Alabama Farm Bureau.

“I am committed to providing America’s farmers with the transparency and regulatory certainty they deserve from Washington,” Pruitt said. “EPA is working with our nation’s first environmentalists as partners to preserve and steward our natural resources while supporting local economies.”

Topics covered include:

  • Waters of the U.S. rules
  • Continued efforts to engage in cooperative federalism on issues affecting farmers and ranchers.
  • The Renewable Fuel Standard

Quotes from attending Farm Bureaus

“Administrator Pruitt is willing to work with the people on the front lines instead of against them,” said Missouri Farm Bureau President Blake Hurst. “This is a welcome change, and we look forward to making progress on environmental policy with his team.”

“I appreciate the new direction Administrator Pruitt is taking the EPA and the outreach that has been made to the farming community,” said John DeLoach, a young farmer in town with the Alabama Farmers Federation. “It is encouraging to see the agency working with, rather than against, our nations’ farmers in carrying out their mission.”

“We appreciate Administrator Pruitt’s support on critical issues such as rescinding the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule and recognizing farmers and ranchers as partners in conservation and environmental stewardship,” said Iowa Farm Bureau President Craig Hill.

“Ohio farmers appreciate Administrator Pruitt’s willingness to listen to our concerns,” said Ohio Farm Bureau President Frank Burkett III. “He shares Farm Bureau’s belief that protecting the environment and farming profitably are not exclusive of one another. We appreciate that he chose to spend valuable time with us.” 

Source: AFBF

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