Senators John Thune, R-S.D., and Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., have introduced legislation to prevent what's been referred to as the cow tax on farmers and ranchers. The measure would prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from imposing Title V operating permits, which automatically result in mandatory fees, on U.S. agriculture operations under the Clean Air Act.
The American Farm Bureau Federation has calculated that regulating greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act could cost farmers and ranchers $175 per dairy cow, $87.50 per beef cow and $21.87 per hog. That's why the organization is commending the bipartisan efforts of Thune and Schumer and plans to work with them to ensure the legislation gains broad support.
"The concerns farmers raise are real," said AFBF President Bob Stallman. "They are all the more pressing now as the agency is reportedly looking at potentially regulating greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act."