Zach Pogue, Oklahoma Cattle Producer, talks about EPA's Clean WaterThu, 19 Jun 2014 19:21:33 CDT
Zach Pogue provided his perspective on the National Cattlemen's Beef Association Beltway Beef Newsletter on EPA's Clean Water Act Proposal.
Describe your operation
I am a 5th generation rancher from Velma, OK. We operate a cow-calf and stocker operation, with the majority of the stockers being run on wheat pasture. Our cowherd is Hereford x Angus cross, and we have recently begun using Red Angus bulls on some black baldy cows. We have two 60 day calving seasons, Feb-March and Sep-Oct. Prescribed burning, rotational grazing, and brush control are staples of our operation.
How will EPA's proposed definition of "waters of the United States" affect you?
EPA's proposed rule will give them the ability to regulate my entire operation. There is not anything that we do or any part of our property that would not fall under the expanded scope of the Clean Water Act. It would exponentially increase our operating expenses. Additionally, it would open our family up to liabilities & fines that would have been unthinkable in the past. The Obama administration has allowed and in some cases pushed an expansion of government oversight that is unconstitutional and threatens to ruin our personal freedom as citizens of the United States of America.
Moving forward, will you be more like or less likely to implement conservation practices?
We have always been very active in using conservation practices in our operation. I feel like God has placed us here to be good stewards of the land and the best caretakers of His creation that we can be. That will not change, no matter what new regulations are put in place.
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