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Directing Commitees to Review Regulations from Federal Agencies

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mrs. HARTZLER. Madam Speaker, I rise today as a lifelong farmer in support of House Resolution 72.

My family has been involved in farming for generations. My Granddad Zellmer raised corn and threshed wheat with the help of neighbors as a threshing crew. My Granddad Purdy was a cowboy, raising Hereford cattle.

Like today's farmers, they worked hard--investing their lives and resources to make a living for themselves and to feed the world. They would be shocked today by the amount of government interference in farming today and by the overreach of government.

The EPA is advancing numerous proposals that are harmful to agriculture. One rule wants to regulate dust on our farms. They call it ``air quality.'' Where I'm from, it's called ``living in the country.'' In case the bureaucrats in Washington haven't heard, driving on a gravel road and planting seeds in soil make dust. We don't need Washington to regulate dust. We need common sense.

The EPA wants to do more. It is reviewing again the registration of atrazine, which is a common, useful herbicide that has been used safely for over 50 years. This product encourages the protection of soil and less dust by using no-till agriculture.

It is time to get government out of agriculture and to preserve the farming heritage my parents and grandparents and so many others have passed on to future generations.


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