It's no secret that the National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) has been on a quest to curtail the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) slew of regulations that many refer to as burdensome, costly and scientifically unfounded.

In order to elevate the importance of protecting farmers and ranchers from unnecessary regulation, NCBA is turning to social media with a video, themed “Over Regulation All Across the Nation.” This was launched on NCBA’s YouTube channel and features EPA’s potential regulation of coarse particulate matter, more commonly called dust.

NCBA Chief Environmental Counsel Tamara Thies says the EPA’s “regulatory rampage” is getting a lot of attention but not enough.

“We need people to recognize what EPA is doing and work to stop this agency that is out of control,” says Thies. “Farmers and ranchers could go out of business if EPA continues regulating them out of options. This is a food security issue. Depopulating rural America is not good for anyone – including our struggling economy and consumers around the world who depend on U.S. farmers and ranchers for safe, nutritious and affordable food.”

This issue has encouraged members of Congress to introduce legislation to prevent EPA from moving forward with regulating dust in rural America. U.S. Representative Kristi Noem (R-S.D.) introduced, with bipartisan support, the Farm Dust Regulation Prevention Act of 2011 (H.R. 1633) that would block dust regulation by EPA in rural areas where state dust laws are in effect. Thies encourages individuals to contact their respective members of Congress and ask them to stand firm for family farmers and ranchers by supporting this legislation.

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