2/7/2018 2:20:00 PM/Categories: Popular Posts, Today's Top 5, Livestock, National News, Organizations, Ag Issues
WASHINGTON (February 7, 2018) - Today Niels Hansen, Secretary/Treasurer of the Public Lands Council and a member of NCBA, testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works to explain how onerous federal regulations undermine conservation goals.“Cattle producers pride themselves on being good stewards of our country’s natural resources. We maintain open spaces, healthy rangelands, provide wildlife habitat and feed the world. Despite these critical contributions, our ability to effectively steward these resources is all too often hampered by excessive federal regulations like the ones we are discussing today,” Mr. Hansen said in written testimony.Ranchers own and manage more land than any other segment of agriculture, implementing proven conservation practices that have sustained the environment for generations. Mr. Hansen highlighted how specific laws and regulations pose challenges to this rich heritage:
Mr. Hansen – a third-generation rancher and industry leader in environmental stewardship – asked Congress to empower ranchers and local land managers by reducing the regulatory burdens they face.“By freeing our industry from overly burdensome federal regulations and allowing us to provide the kind of stewardship and ecosystem services only we can, you will do more for healthy ecosystems and environments than top down restrictions from Washington ever can,” he said.
U.S. Senator Steve Daines recognized Chris Kolstad of Liberty County for his years of dedication to Montana agriculture.
Producers may see a reduction in forage production on their pastures and rangeland.
The Council recognized Mattelin for five years of service during the organization’s 15th International Marketing Conference and 58th Annual Membership Meeting in Houston, Texas.
Water rights are the cornerstone of our agricultural economy and without action on the Compact, the consequences for water users, farmers, and ranchers will be dire.