On Tuesday, 30 (August 02, 2017) members of Congress signed and sent a letter to the chairmen and ranking members of the House committees on Natural Resources and Agriculture requesting that they work together to address the numerous regulatory inefficiencies and statutory roadblocks in the agriculture community. They urged the committees to modernize the Endangered Species Act and similarly outdated laws and regulations.
The letter references how Farm Bureau has repeatedly attested to the disproportionate and often unnecessary challenges faced by the agriculture community due to burdensome regulatory regulations.
Wisconsin Farm Bureau President Jim Holte’s testimony earlier this year before the Senate also is mentioned. Holte told senators, “[The ESA] imposes far-reaching regulatory burdens on agriculture. Farmers and ranchers consider it their personal responsibility to be stewards of the land; however, the ESA creates many challenges for them to balance agriculture production with wildlife habitat.”