While some farm groups are concerned about potential hardships in relation to trade deals, the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) does believe the next administration will be friendlier to farmers when it comes to government overreach.
During AFBF’s annual convention in Phoenix, Don Parrish, senior director of congressional relations for AFBF, spoke about the Waters of the United States rule and how it is no easy fix.
“We’re dealing with a final regulation, and what you’re going to see is this administration come in and reconsider what the ultimate regulation says,” said Parrish. “If they choose to repeal, they’ve got to go through a rulemaking to repeal it. It’ll be complicated, but it’s something we have to get on the ground and get done.”
Parrish believes the Obama administration not only messed up the policy itself, but they also messed up the process.
He said the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) must conduct a legitimate cost benefit analysis and look at the impacts on small business.
Listen to Parrish discuss the importance of distinguishing federal and state waters and trade regulations with AgriTalk host Mike Adams below.