When USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Chief Dave White addressed cattlemen and women last week at the National Cattlemen's Beef Association's annual convention, he discussed the Environmental Protection Agency's plan to implement the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load rule. In a report developed by NRCS, very different estimates of pollutant loads to the Chesapeake Bay are reported compared to EPA's data.
"Where we have a problem is we think this Bay model is not 100% accurate when it comes to agriculture," White said. "We believe 88% of cropland in the Bay area is under no-till. EPA is saying 50%. That's a big, big difference."
Ashley Lyon, NCBA deputy environmental counsel, says given the seriousness of this issue and potential regulatory consequences to agriculture, it is absolutely imperative that a more accurate study is conducted. This regulation lays the foundation for all watersheds so sound science must be the basis for any regulations.