BEEF Poll: Is EPA’s Proposed Rule Good For Producers?

In a draft rule to be submitted for a 60-day comment period, the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers propose an expansion of their federal authority over “waters of the United States.” This week’s online poll question on beefmagazine.com is: “Is EPA’s move to expand its authority good for beef producers?” Be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments section after voting.

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Anonymous
on Jun 15, 2014

While we have power hungry regulators and agencies, we will have bad rules and abusive actions against honest landowners and operators.

There do need to be reasonable, logical rules to contend with dishonest people who do not follow rules re. ag chemicals. Very likely worse than ag producers abusing rules for chemicals and land erosion are the 'city folks' who do not have to get any training and are not regulated as to what and how they apply chemicals in their yards. And w

hat about the parks and golf courses, and such semi-public and private and government land tracts where pollution happens? Are they accurately and honestly regulated and monitored? Surely there are tests available to tell exactly where specific pollution in the Missouri/Mississippi water sheds, for instance, to tell whether it is from farm or city pollution, isn't there?

Anonymous
on Jun 4, 2014

Folks! Is called socialism. Government does everything for you. No job, give you a pay check ( ok to a point). Don't own a home, don't matter if you can afford it, just fill out a few forms and move in. Big Bonuses for those who help filling out the forms. Try finding help to run a small Cow/Calf operation. Can't do this or that, bad back, too hot, man its raining! Can make more than that drawing unemployment.........Its 5 pm somewhere!

Anonymous
on Jun 3, 2014

Anytime the EPA or government if you will, gets involved its normally is a disaster. Keep; them out at all cost.

Anonymous
on Jun 4, 2014

More government, more problems.

Anonymous
on May 10, 2014

More government grab of power, It goes on and on until government has control of everything, It is called Communism.

Anonymous
on Apr 8, 2014

Only the EPA will protect livestock water quality. Fertilizer run off has added enough nitrogen to force me to other water sources and ruined any chance for a recreational fishing sideline. Strictly for cow calf it's a good idea but people making their real money farming or growing feed hate it.

Anonymous
on Apr 5, 2014

Land grab and gives status to enter or invade ALL land, private or not! Absolutely and obviously ridiculous to even add small seasonal rain ponds, dry creeks, etc, it is a blatant takeover of privacy, ownership, and property rights, the most invasive of all proposals so far! Communists and socialist dictators always take away all land and water rights. And water is necessary for all life of any kind, so if you control the water, you can expect that same type of horrendous controls as the crime of California's banning irrigation for a minnow and literally stopping water supplies and ruining thousands of productive farmlands., therefore bankrupting the farmers costing jobs of hundreds, just a sickening waste. Almost as bad as the water that they just recently used to save a small bait fish instead of what it was originally intended to be used for, which is to help the states ongoing drought!!! Billions of dollars worth of water! at taxpayer expense of course.

Anonymous
on Apr 4, 2014

There is a difference between government control and common sense.

Anonymous
on Apr 4, 2014

Voted it's a bad idea...only because a lot of the present day rules and regulations are not always enforced so to fix things, another regulation is created. I think the government agency needs to step back and reevaluate the issues before moving forward on this one. Kim McKenzie Virginia

Anonymous
on Apr 4, 2014

Amen. to almost all of the above. try The Big Four For Jobs
Big Four for Jobs

Laws designed to improve function can be briet. Laws designed for "loopholes" to satisfiy the particular interests of particular groups and their lobbyists and to keep lawyers well employed exploiting the convoluted language can run into the thousands of pages. eg The Medical Care Reinvention Act, 4 pages with annotations, and Obamacare that Nancy Pelosi famously described as having to be passed to see what it says! (Reminds me of my first mother in law who had to hear what she said about something before she knew what she thought about it!!!)
----- Original Message -----
From: John R Dykers
To: John R. Dykers, Jr.
Sent: Friday, October 07, 2011 2:03 PM
Subject: THE BIG FOUR FOR JOBS

Subject: THE BIG FOUR FOR JOBS

(1) The Medical Care Reinvention Act – 4 pages including annotations- www.dykers.com Return the non monetary rewards to practicing medicine. Avoid the bureaucratization of the practice of medicine. Avoid defensive medicine and turn errors into learning and protect patients by improving quality and decreasing costs. Avoid fraud by maintaining individual accountability and responsibility.

(2) Term Limits – already 2 for President
2 terms for Senate, 3 for the House; better management control of civil service
(3) Leave the IRS Code intact and create a parallel single rate system with NO deductions. Will still have to calculate income on which tax is due but tax will be due on every dollar the same. Every current taxpayer may choose which system to use, but can’t switch back. All new taxpayers go on the single rate system.
(4) Abolish the corporate income tax AND require that 90% of earnings be paid in dividends (as is currently done with Real Estate Investment Trusts). The maximum Executive compensation limit is the lowest hourly wage paid x24x7x20 OR 1% of earnings whichever is greater. (that would be the same earnings 90% of which are paid as dividends to stockholders.) (an increase in lowest hourly wage would also raise the limit on executive compensation) (so earnings, dividends, wages and executive pay are directly linked!)
John:

I am really impressed with your thought and writing. It is the best that I have seen or heard about in a very long time. I am no rocket scientist but it sounds like it would be fair to all American citizens. corporate and government.

Did you send a copy of this to Congress and the current Administration ? Surely some deserving magazine would publish for all to read.

Skip

Anonymous
on Apr 4, 2014

If the government would eliminate about 3/4 of the regulations and use just a part of the savings for education about what constitutes a sound, safe and sustainable environment, we would be so much better off. Most people want to do what's right and often don't know. The non-agricultural public, including politicians and regulators surely don't know. There is little research or good science to support what they are regulating--just a lot of unfounded assumptions.

Anonymous
on Apr 4, 2014

All they want is to be in charge! They are making it so an American Farmers and Ranchers can't produce food in our own country, where we know is safe, but will let other countries import using all the practices they have banned or want to band!

Anonymous
on Apr 4, 2014

There are so many different types of operations that there is no way one set of regulations can accurately cover them. This will be an administrative nightmare.

Anonymous
on Apr 4, 2014

I've never seen MORE government control help anything!

Anonymous
on Apr 4, 2014

The law is written so that no one can comply. You will always be in violation. This gives government officials the ability for selective retribution. Now you will fear your government so you won't stand up. Sound familiar? This is the purpose, long term and necessary for the incompetent elites to keep power. They think they are smarter than us yet most of them would starve to death in a grocery store.

Anonymous
on Apr 4, 2014

The majority of citizens in the United States no longer believe and acknowledge right and wrong as God ordained in His Word, the Bible. Therefore, Satan is in charge in the hearts of the majority and his ways are deceptive, destructive, and harmful. May God have mercy on us . . .

Anonymous
on Apr 4, 2014

Our country started with the Declaration of Independence, not the Declaration of Dependence (on government). This is a bad idea (along with all the other places that government is prying into our business and lives).

Anonymous
on Apr 4, 2014

Government control of food and water equals controlling the people/population. We are no longer the land of the free. The sad part is that All of this has been done in-house.

Anonymous
on Apr 4, 2014

The EPA has gotten too big. Congress needs to take away all of the EPA's power, and have the EPA enforce the rules and laws Congress passes. Right now the EPA is Obama"s private army doing the will of a dictator wantabe.

Anonymous
on Apr 4, 2014

The EPA is out of control, they are power hungry and are just helping Obama push his communist agenda. Everyday in this country the farmers and people who work to provide for their families and be responsible americans continue to lose their rights.

Anonymous
on Apr 4, 2014

The initial concept for EPA was sound but over the years they have become a rogue agency bent on controlling the universe. Sort of like the Dept of Energy and we would all be better served if someone would pull the plug on both!

Anonymous
on Apr 4, 2014

All the government wants to do is gain more power over the people , and this is simply one more way to do it. Nowadays anytime our government gets involved with anything it usually ends up going south and I'm afraid thats what will happen here. Things are only going to get worse, even as cattle prices get better and thats the next thing obammy will want to control .

on Apr 4, 2014

Regulation does not solve real or perceived problems people in Agriculture at all levels up to the farm gate entering the supply food chain solve problems not government regulations

Anonymous
on Apr 4, 2014

EPA was NOT to be another executive branch of the government..only a policing agency, and their motives are NOT for our country's best.

Anonymous
on Apr 4, 2014

Generally speaking, any type of government regulations ends up having a negative impact on the farmer!

Anonymous
on Apr 4, 2014

anytime the government gets involved in something it will cost more, and be mis-managed. The EPA is pushing the climate change agenda for Pres Obama at every angel. This is another you can add to the troubles they are causing the coal industry.

Anonymous
on Apr 4, 2014

It's a big land grab. It uses more executive orders & objectives to control the population. It takes away some of our bundle of rights of land ownership. Don't we already have plenty of laws to enforce the clean water act? Aren't businesses and others held accountable as it is? Until we get the liberal control freaks out of government we are just going to get what we get. It would take a great person to undo all the harm that has been done in the last 8 years - much of which has been based on Voodoo science

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