Barrasso Sponsors FARM Act
Written by Andrew-Rossi on March 9, 2018
A movement advancing through the United States Senate may help cut through red tape for area farmers and ranchers.
Wyoming Senator John Barrasso says that last year, an environmental act that had previously exempted farmers and ranchers from air emissions reporting requirements was nullified, meaning that new reporting regulations would now be applied to up to 100,000 farms and ranches across the country.
A bill that Barrasso is co-sponsoring, called the FARM act, which stands for Fair Agricultural Reporting Method, is moving through a legislative committee. Barrasso says that the bill will protect ranchers and farmers in Wyoming, and around the nation, from what he calls, quote, “punishing and unnecessary federal government regulations,” endquote.
Barrasso says that the FARM act would put back into law the animal air emissions exemption that producers have relied on since the EPA set the rules back in 2008, adding that the agency has said that it neither needs nor wants these reports.
The Senator says that the bill has plenty of support, and he expects the bill will pass in the next couple of weeks.