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Farm Bureau delegates push Congress to act on regulatory reform

American Farm Bureau delegates concluded their annual convention in Phoenix passing a special resolution urging Congress to enact bipartisan regulatory reform.

The resolution came as bills are introduced in Congress to pare back the growth of what American Farm Bureau Vice President Scott Vanderwal calls regulatory overreach.

“It just shows that our delegates representing our county Farm Bureaus from all over the country are tired of the over-regulation, activities of the EPA that we think overstep the bounds of the congressional actions that they were supposed to be following,” said Vanderwal, in an interview with Brownfield Ag News following the voting delegate session Tuesday.

The resolution calls on the federal government to adhere to certain principles in developing regulations.  Those principles include using sound science; considering costs and benefits to stakeholders; maintaining transparency in federal agencies with greater congressional oversight.

The Farm Bureau Board of Directors met Wednesday to consider strategy in implementing that policy along with policies on immigration reform and the 2018 Farm Bill, among others.

AUDIO: Scott Vanderwal (3 min. MP3)

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