NCBA's Collin Woodall Praises Trump Admin. for Its Actions to Alleviate the Regulatory Burden on AgTue, 14 Nov 2017 11:09:40 CST
One area that has seen probably the most movement since Donald Trump took office, has been in agriculture, where the President and his administration have attempted to alleviate some of the regulatory burdens of producers. Topping that list, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt has worked to reverse the adverse effects of the agency’s Waters of the US rule. Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Associate Farm Director Carson Horn caught up with Colin Woodall of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association during the National Association of Farm Broadcasters Convention this past week. Woodall described the changes he has observed in Washington since Trump’s inauguration and how his policies are helping the ag industry today.
“The good news is, we have an EPA that understands that private property rights should be protected,” Woodall said. “That’s why the WOTUS rule will ultimately die here this fall, thanks to the efforts of Administrator Pruitt.”
As Pruitt proceeds with this process - the issue of jurisdiction still remains, says Woodall, regarding water quality. Woodall is optimistic, though, that with Pruitt in place, a viable and mutually agreeable solution will be obtainable that protects both water quality and the sanctity of private property. Additionally, counterparts at the US Department of Agriculture have also followed suit, discarding regulations that unnecessarily burden and hinder producers. Secretary Sonny Perdue just recently withdrew the GIPSA rules leftover from the Obama Administration. Woodall says this was yet another big win for the cattle industry.
“This was a huge victory, because of the concern we had with USDA being the person or the group that was going to determine what was fair in cattle markets,” he said. “We knew it was going to have a major impact on our branded programs and our value-added programs. So, to be able to finally kill this, will allow us to continue the development of these programs that consumers like - to provide benefit for us and also keep the USDA and government out of cattle marketing. That’s not where they belong.”
Listen to Woodall and Horn discuss Trump era policy changes that are having a significantly positive impact on the way the beef industry operates, with Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays, on today’s Beef Buzz.
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