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Dear Editor:
Not long after taking office, President Obama ordered the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to launch an aggressive regulatory agenda, including the imposition of economy-wide policing of greenhouse gas emissions.
American agriculture, including the beef industry, is alarmed by the EPA’s bureaucratic overreach, a rule-making that will stifle economic growth and vastly enlarge the size and reach of the federal government.
Last year, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and other organizations sued EPA to block its new emissions rules.
Beef producers object to the Obama Administration’s efforts to accomplish unilaterally, and without Congressional authority, what it failed to accomplish in Congress when the American people said “no” to passing a controversial cap-and-trade bill.
The problem with this administration’s approach is that it ignores the voice and will of the American people and, instead, puts in place a regulatory scheme that attempts to accomplish the agenda of unelected bureaucrats.
The trickle down impact of these burdensome regulations will most assuredly be passed onto consumers, including farms and ranches in the form of increased fuel, fertilizer and energy costs.  And even though farms and ranches are not regulated initially under this scheme, beef facilities could be subject to regulation and permitting under this scheme in the future.   
Imagine the army of new unelected bureaucrats that will have to be hired to police the two million farms and ranches in the United States. Imagine the cost to taxpayers, and the regulatory drag on an already shaky economy.
The EPA’s regulatory efforts have created a counterproductive maze of bureaucracy that threatens the economic security of beef producers, farmers and other agribusinesses.
Unless the EPA is stopped, those who live and work on farms and ranches will pay a heavy price.
Chuck Folken, President,
Nebraska Cattlemen, Inc.