Ag News -
State Ag News
Friday, 06 April 2012 07:33
By Amy Bickel - The Hutchinson News -
Kansas Big First District Republican Tim Huelskamp wants to add regulatory measures to the farm bill.
Last fall, Huelskamp, a fifth-generation farmer from Fowler, introduced
"Freeing Agriculture to Reap More" - or what he calls the FARM Act. It
addresses approximately a dozen proposed regulations he says hurts
agriculture and family farms.
Among the proposals in the FARM Act: prevent regulation of farm dust;
prohibit the redefinition of navigable waters; prevent the EPA from
imposing livestock emissions taxes; allow farmers to operate tractors
without a CDL; prohibit regulation of emissions of greenhouse gases
under the Clean Air Act; and deny funding for the White House Rural
"The EPA is overbearing and is making it hard for agriculture and rural
American to survive," he said, adding that farm child labor regulations
could "harm a way of life."
He said he and the other farmer members of the House are drafting a letter in response to the child labor issues, he said.
Huelskamp plans to have a town hall meeting after the April 20 farm bill
hearing in Dodge City to hear from farmers on burdensome regulations.
Huelskamp said with only about 10 slots open for testimony during the
hearing, his town hall meeting will give Kansas producers a chance to