Waters of the U.S.

May 13, 2021

May 13, 2021

Hello everybody out there in farm country. This radio commentary is brought to you by the National Corn Growers Association, CropLife America, and Renewable Fuels Association. They are all friends, supporters, and allies of a healthy farm economy and prosperous rural America. Thank you.

And now for today’s commentary –

This Friday we need to celebrate Armed Forces Day. Our military is always there to protect us foreign enemies. To the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines – Thank you for your service. We also need to thank our brave and dedicated police for their service. They are being criticized and under constant attack in the press and media. Of course, they aren’t all perfect. There are some bad actors, but most are doing a thankless job of protecting us. Nine of our largest cities that have made large cuts in their police force have experienced a 68% explosion in homicides. This is serious. Police officers are turning in their badges. It is a very dangerous profession, and they get no respect. In New York City 53,000 officers have quit or retired. I am afraid this problem will only get worse.

I want to spend some time on something else – Waters of the U.S. Our U.S. farmers were doing
an outstanding job of feeding the U.S. and the world. And in the process, we have practiced soil
conservation and land management to protect our soils. But then came President Obama’s
Waters of the U.S. rule. The Greens weren’t happy unless they could regulate – not just rivers
and lakes – but every dry ditch and low land and private farm property. That excessive overreach
by the federal government was turned back by President Trump's Administration. Farmers and
ranchers own the land. It is theirs, and the water law passed in 1972 does not give the
government the kind of excessive authority found in the Obama regulations.

But now we have President Biden and the Green New Deal. Where will we go from here? EPA Administrator Michael Regan has said, “he will not stick with the Trump plan” He will reach out and listen to all parties and find a compromise. At this moment we don’t know where we go from here. But there is a lot of concern out in farm country.

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