The following statement may be attributed to Iowa Farm Bureau Federation President Craig Hill:

“Iowa farmers are extremely disappointed by the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) intention to rewrite the Navigable Waters Protection Rule. Farmers are committed to water quality efforts and preserving the land; however, they need clarity and certainty in rules to do that. This proposed action would inject confusion and unnecessary burdens on farm families by making it impossible to understand what farmers can and cannot do on their land.  In his recent visit to Iowa, Administrator Regan noted the importance of collaborating with farmers. Any changes to the rule must consider the concerns of farmers before making significant regulatory actions impacting farmers’ livelihoods. The EPA should respect the rule of law that provides clarity for clean water while allowing farmers to produce our food, fuel and fiber without having to consult a lawyer.”