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Date: 3/1/2019

Title: NCBA Affiliates Deliver Industry Message at WOTUS Hearing in Kansas City

As part of the Trump Administration’s ongoing effort to repeal and replace the disastrous 2015 WOTUS rule, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers officials held a two-day public hearing in Kansas City on the proposed new water rule. The proposed new rule marks a major departure from the 2015 WOTUS rule, which vastly expanded federal government jurisdiction on agricultural land across the country. By contrast, the new rule seeks to limit federal authority and provide clear rules for landowners to follow, without sacrificing the clean water our nation depends on.

“Cattle and beef producers have dealt with the uncertainty of the 2015 WOTUS rule for far too long,” said Jessie Herrmann, who handles federal government affairs for the Nebraska Cattlemen and attended the meeting. “The public hearing in Kansas City gave the agriculture community a chance to hear directly from the Trump Administration and express our support for their efforts on a new water rule. Our voice will be critical as the Administration keeps working to get the new water rule across the finish line.”

Representatives from the Kansas Livestock Association (KLA) also attended the public hearing, telling the EPA and Army Corps that cattle producers share the goal of protecting natural resources.

“As a rancher, clean water is essential for the success of my operation,” said KLA President Barb Downey, a rancher from Wamego, KS. “As we look forward to our fifth generation taking care of the land and cattle, my family is proactively taking steps to ensure that clean water and healthy cattle are part of the grassland ecosystem. We recognize and actively protect clean water for our cattle, our ranch, our neighbors and our communities, both today and tomorrow.”

Luckily for cattle producers, delivering a message to the Trump Administration does not require attendance at an in-person meeting. NCBA is asking producers to follow three simple steps to submit written comments in support of the EPA and Army Corps:

  1. Click this link.
  2. Fill out your contact information and click “Submit.”
  3. Review the draft comment and click “Submit” again.