White House Bows To Congressional Pressure, Assures It Doesn’t Want To Regulate Country’s Smallest Farms
Bowing to congressional pressure, the Obama administration is assuring Congress and farmers it doesn’t want to regulate the country’s smallest farms.
The number of U.S. farms is declining even as the value of their crops and livestock has increased over the past five years, a government census of American agriculture released Thursday says.
“Made in Rural America” initiative aims to help American farmers increase their sales to other countries.
With Republicans pushing to all but eliminate the current estate tax, and the President fighting to return to 2009 rates, a lack of bipartisan consensus in Congress could result in something neither side wants: A massive rate hike on some of America’s traditional family-owned farms.
The report to Congress was blunt: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency had failed to regulate pollution from the nation’s livestock farms — many capable of generating more waste than some cities — because it lacked information as basic as how many farms even existed.