MSA Commends Attorney General Koster, Missouri Delegation and Farmers for Work on WOTUS
Thanks to the efforts of a determined group of Missourians, Missouri farmers have received relief, at least temporarily, from expansive, burdensome new regulations proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps). One day before a new federal rule directly impacting farmers’ ability to manage their land was set to take effect, a federal judge issued an injunction as a result of a lawsuit filed by Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster.
“We applaud Attorney General Koster for his leadership and tireless work that led directly to this week’s injunction against a rule from the EPA and Corps that would greatly expand the regulatory burden on our family farms,” said Tom Raffety, MSA president and Mississippi County soybean farmer. “Missouri is a top state for soybean production and processing, and we are fortunate to have elected officials who understand the importance of agriculture to our families, communities and state.”
Many members of Missouri’s congressional delegation have voted or cosponsored legislation to block the EPA and Corps proposal, also known as WOTUS, including Senator Blunt and Representatives Sam Graves, Vicky Hartzler, Billy Long, Blaine Luetkemeyer, Jason Smith and Ann Wagner. Countless farmers and industry partners, also spoke in opposition of WOTUS. The rule, which redefines waters of the United States to include all land within the 100-year floodplain, extends the same regulations to those lands as are applied to interstate waterways.
The 13 states involved with the lawsuit were granted a preliminary injunction August 27, meaning that the new rule did not take effect as scheduled today, August 28. In addition to Missouri, those states are: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming.
Soybean production and processing is a more than $4.5 billion industry in Missouri, Last year, Missouri soybean farmers grew more than 260 million bushels of soybeans while continuing to improve their efficiency. Today, one bushel of soybeans can be produced with 50 percent less energy, 50 percent fewer emissions, 40 percent less water and 35 percent less land than in 1980. Farmers have also grown their use of reduced tillage practices by more than 70 percent, leading to increased soil conservation on farmland across the state.