The American Farm Bureau Federation is asking its members to join ‘’Ditch the Rule”, their campaign opposing “Waters of the U.S.” a new rule proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency.
South Dakota Farm Bureau President Scott Vanderwal says the proposal is massive overregulation that would require permits for ordinary field work, fence construction or even planting.
EPA contends the proposed rule contains an entire set of exemptions that will protect farmers from the new regulation. Vanderwal says those exemptions have been continuously narrowed by EPA guidance and offer no meaningful protection for farmers and ranchers..
Vanderwal says they’re hoping to get as many people as possible to comment against the rule.