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Ag Issues in the Courts

More and more new policies are decided in a courtroom and American Farm Bureau General Counsel Ellen Steen said in Thursday’s Newsline that three pending cases could have huge impacts on the nation’s farmers and ranchers. One of these is a water-related case the Farm Bureau is appealing after a court ruled the Environmental Protection Agency could issue a “pollution diet” on a region of this country.


“For us it really isn’t a regional issue at all,” Steen said. “It’s about the scope of EPA’s power to require changes in land use activity, to micro-manage land use decision-making, across a vast landscape to achieve water quality goals.”