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Russell Nemetz LMA Applauds New Legislation Regarding Manure Data Reporting
by Russell Nemetz, click here for bio

Program: Land & Livestock Report
Date: February 20, 2018

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Hi everybody it’s time for your Land and Livestock Report here on the Ag Information Network of the West-I’m Russell Nemetz.

The Livestock Marketing Association LMA applauded the introduction of bipartisan legislation in the U.S. Senate that would prevent farms, ranches, livestock auction markets, and other agricultural operations from having to report livestock manure data under CERCLA, the law that governs toxic Superfund sites. The bipartisan bill was introduced with four original Republican cosponsors and five original Democratic cosponsors.

“We are pleased to see both sides of the aisle agree that livestock waste should not equate to a toxic Superfund site. This commonsense legislation is a testament to the diligent work and cooperation of the Senators who introduced it; we cannot thank them enough,” said Jara Settles, General Counsel at LMA.

Initial bipartisan cosponsors of Fair Agricultural Reporting Method Act (or, FARM Act) are U.S. Sens. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Tom Carper (D-Del.), Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), John Hoeven (R-N.D.), Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), Mark Warner (D-Va.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Joe Manchin (D-W.V.), Bob Casey (D-Penn.), and Tina Smith (D-Minn.).

The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) was enacted to provide for cleanup of the worst industrial chemical toxic waste dumps and spills, such as oil spills and chemical tank explosions. CERCLA was never intended to govern agricultural operations, for whom emissions from livestock are a part of everyday life.

That’s your Land and Livestock Report-I’m Russell Nemetz.

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