Eliminating and Reducing Regulatory Obstacles in Agriculture
Federal regulations, which often are based on unsound science and data and extended beyond the scope of the underlying statute, impose significant burdens on farmers and ranchers. Regulations that interfere with the ability to manage the risk inherent in agriculture or that hinder technological innovation are particularly damaging. There are many current regulatory obstacles that need to be addressed, from federal overreach under the Clean Water Act to a failed Endangered Species Act that does not properly conserve species and tramples on property rights. Agricultural producers would be better able to engage in farming and ranching and meet market needs if they were freed from these intrusive regulatory requirements.