AFBF, Industry Groups Welcome President’s Regulatory Reform

President Obama took to the pages of the Wall Street Journal this week to announce an executive order that would impose on federal agencies the requirement to “ensure that regulations protect our safety, health and environment while promoting economic growth.”

The order requires a government-wide review of current rules and will require eliminating those rules that “stifle job creation and make our economy less competitive.” The order would eliminate rules that overlap and conflict with eachother and the president points to last month’s  deregulation of saccharin by the EPA as an example. He also notes that the order will require agencies to give consumers and industries a larger voice in the rulemaking process.

The order marks a sharp reversal from the policies of the last four years and as the WSJ Editorial Board notes, “If he means it, this will be one of the great policy walkbacks in American history.”

For agriculture, the order could mean a reduction in the crushing weight that the EPA and other regulators have put, or plan to put on the industry.

AFBF President Stallman praised the executive order in a statement released on Wednesday.

“The American Farm Bureau Federation welcomes the President’s focus on reforming the regulatory process.  Today, farmers, ranchers, and countless other business owners face a long list of federal requirements that are eroding their bottom line; they come in the form of regulations, “guidance”, and any number of other agency pronouncements.  All too often, these agency actions are far from transparent and lack full consideration of economic impact – let alone any effort to minimize that impact. The most recent and notable example is the Chesapeake Bay total maximum daily load (TMDL).

If the new executive order is to have any meaning, we expect it will result in the reconsideration of EPA’s Chesapeake Bay TMDL.  Otherwise, we have to wonder whether this Executive Order will bring about any real change.”

NCBA President Steve Foglesong said in a statement that

“If there were one word to describe the first two years of President Obama’s Administration, it would be regulation,” NCBA President Steve Foglesong said. “From the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration’s (GIPSA) proposed livestock and poultry marketing rule to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) regulatory rampage – this Administration’s regulatory agenda to-date won’t just stymie growth in the U.S. beef cattle industry, it could kill the industry as we know it.

“This Executive Order is a step in the right direction for this Administration. NCBA supports common sense regulation based on sound-science that will encourage growth in the industry,” Foglesong said. “Unfortunately, many of the regulations that have been proposed over the past two years will have detrimental impacts on cattle producers’ ability to do their jobs. We look forward to working with the Administration on this new initiative to eliminate job and growth-killing regulations and to move the U.S. economy and the cattle industry in the right direction forward.”


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