GRAND FORKS, N.D. – Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, on Aug. 9 led an agriculture roundtable with Scott Pruitt, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Hoeven organized today’s meeting, which was held at Bateman Farm near Grand Forks, with agriculture producers and commodity groups from around the state to ensure Pruitt has a firsthand understanding of the modern costs of agriculture and the need for regulatory relief.
Hoeven has been working with the administration and his colleagues in Congress to advance a pro-growth regulatory environment for farmers and ranchers. The senator stressed the need to make federal rules more cost-effective, which provides better profit margins for ag producers and helps them get through difficult times like low commodity prices and natural disasters.
Hoeven continues his efforts to reduce the regulatory burden for agriculture producers, including:
Stopping the Waters of the U.S. Rule – Hoeven worked through the Appropriations Committee to defund the regulation in 2016 and 2017. EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently issued a proposal to restore the regulations that were in place prior to WOTUS, which was issued in 2015. This is the first of two steps established by the executive order signed by the president in February.
Rescinding the Bureau of Land Management’s “Planning 2.0” – Hoeven cosponsored and helped pass a resolution under the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to repeal the rule. This maintained multiple-use requirements for federal lands, including grazing.
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