NFU Calls Proposed CWA Rule Ag-Friendly

National Farmers Union has long advocated for increased certainty surrounding Clean Water Act requirements for family farmers and ranchers in the wake of complicating Supreme Court decisions. NFU Senior Vice President of Programs Chandler Goule says the draft rule released Tuesday clarifies Clean Water Act jurisdiction, maintains existing agricultural exemptions, adds new exemptions and encourages enrollment in USDA conservation programs. He also notes that farmers and ranchers voluntarily enacting certain conservation practices on their farms will be exempt from CWA Section 404 permitting requirements. Goule says this ag-friendly announcement from the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers indicates that the voices of agricultural stakeholders were heard. He encourages EPA to continue to rebuild trust with the ag community by withdrawing its proposal to reduce the Renewable Fuel Standard targets.

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