Daily Archives: May 5, 2014



#DitchTheRule

By Katie Stockstill-Sawyer

I don’t mean to brag, but my hubby is a pretty darn good farmer. He understands what makes for ideal planting conditions, he has a knack for applying fertilizer at just the right time and he’s usually right on target with harvest decisions.

Timing is everything in farming and when conditions are right for planting, the tractor barely stops. The same goes for fertilizing and harvesting. Mother Nature doesn’t wait for any farmer and certainly doesn’t double check anyone’s schedule. She’s her own woman. So when opportunity knocks, farmers answers. That flexibility and drive to do what it takes, when it takes has made farming substantially more efficient and kept food prices affordable for all consumers.

But the EPA recently announced its intentions to expand its powers under the 1972 Clean Water Act, imposing new, unworkable regulations on America’s farmers.

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Among other impacts, the new rule would expand federal control over land features such as ditches and low areas in fields that are wet only during storms. This means that everyday farming activities such as fence-building, planting and fertilizer application would require a permit.

Read the full blog post at New to the Farm, http://newtothefarm.wordpress.com/

Katie Stockstill-Sawyer is a past AFBF YF&R Committee member and is a graduate of Farm Bureau Women’s Communications Boot Camp.