By Douglas V. Gibbs
Mike Callicrate is a Kansas cattle feeder. At a recent R-CALF USA Convention held August 26-27 in Rapid City, S.D. he was asked by an attendee, "Has the Environmental Protection Agency declared hay a pollutant?"
Callicrate responded affirmatively and explained that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently initiated a formal enforcement action against his Kansas feedlot for, among other things, failure to store his hay in a pollution containment zone.
“Now that EPA has declared hay a pollutant, every farmer and rancher that stores hay, or that leaves a broken hay bale in the field is potentially violating EPA rules and subject to an EPA enforcement action,” Callicrate said. “How far are we going to let this agency go before we stand up and do something about it?”
On top of this being completely insane, and a thorn in the side of our farms that could drive up costs as a result, the EPA, however, has no constitutional authority to regulate regarding hay.
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EPA Declares Hay a Pollutant in Effort to Antagonize Small and Mid-Sized U.S. Cattle Feeders - R-Calf USA