Ag Leaders urge lawmakers to ditch WOTUS, fix COOL

Ag Leaders urge lawmakers to ditch WOTUS, fix COOL

Members of the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation’s (IFBF) 2015 Ag Leaders class urged Congress to ditch the onerous Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule, make tax provisions more predictable and fix country-of-origin labeling (COOL) as they met with Iowa lawmakers last week in Washington, D.C.

The WOTUS rule, which went into effect in Iowa in late August, is too broad, too vague and will hinder conservation efforts, the farmers told Congressmen David Young, Rod Blum, Steve King, Dave Loebsack and Senators Charles Grassley and Joni Ernst.

"It seems as though everything I do to improve my farm could be a violation," said T.J. Wiemann, a grain farmer in Audubon County. "You might not be able to implement that terrace or put in a waterway or some...

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