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EPA says farmers must keep dust down
gazetteonline.com/ ^ | February 28. 2009

Posted on 03/01/2009 1:18:14 PM PST by patriotmediaa

EPA says farmers must keep dust down

DES MOINES — Nothing says summer in Iowa like a cloud of dust behind a combine.

But what may be a fact of life for farmers is a cause for concern to federal regulators, who are refusing to exempt growers from new environmental regulations.

It's left some farmers feeling bemused and more than a little frustrated.

"It's such a non-commonsense idea that you can keep dust within a property line when the wind blows," said Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee who still farms in New Hartford.

Under rules imposed in 2006, rural areas would be kept to the same standards as urban areas for what the Environmental Protection Agency calls "coarse particulate matter" in the air.

The American Farm Bureau Federation and the National Pork Producers Council had petitioned the government to provide an exemption to farmers. They argued that evidence of harm caused by dust in rural areas has not been determined.

But the U.S. District Court of Appeals in Washington ruled Tuesday that the EPA already had provided the evidence necessary to determine farm dust "likely is not safe."

Michael Formica, a lawyer for the pork council, said this means farmers face the daunting task of having to prove that the dust is not harmful.

Formica said his and other groups will consider a further appeal.

Farmers said they will be hard-pressed to meet the standards.

In a letter sent Wednesday to the EPA, Grassley wrote that compliance would be impossible because of the dust produced in farmers' day-to-day activities.

"After all, God decides when the wind blows, not Chuck Grassley," he said.

But the EPA said the regulation was overdue.

Every five years, the Clean Air Act requires the agency to review the newest scientific information and recommend changes to its standards.

In 2006, the EPA determined larger particles in the air than previously thought were a danger to the public. The increased threshold covered air mixes that occur in rural areas.

EPA spokeswoman Cathy Milbourn said the changes are not just a matter of regulating dust. They serve the public's well-being and, regardless of whether someone lives in a rural or urban area, the threshold for unsafe levels of dust in the air must remain consistent nationally.

"It's health-based," she said. "We don't look at a particular industry. The goal is to protect public health."

When counties reach "non-attainment" levels, it becomes a state's responsibility to bring the county back into acceptable levels.

Milbourn said various options exist for states, such as retrofitting buses that run on diesel engines.

But farmers insist the regulation will affect their operations and eventually their bottom lines. And they said unlike fixing a bus, they have few options for limiting dust from their fields and roads.

Roger Zylstra, a Lynnville farmer and director with the Iowa Corn Growers Association, said if left alone, farmers can compete worldwide. But regulation could impede their success.

"We think we've met the demands that have been put upon us and lo and behold, we have new and even more stringent demands," Zylstra said. "It seems really unrealistic."


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Government; US: Iowa
KEYWORDS: 111th; agriculture; bho44; bhoepa; environmental; epa; government; grassley; lping; regulations
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farmers tell the Government go to hell,no more food
1 posted on 03/01/2009 1:18:14 PM PST by patriotmediaa
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To: patriotmediaa

That’s great, EPA. How?


2 posted on 03/01/2009 1:19:09 PM PST by DBCJR (What would you expect?)
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To: patriotmediaa

Hey EPA! BITE ME!


3 posted on 03/01/2009 1:20:08 PM PST by Redleg Duke ("Sarah Palin...Unleashing the Fury of the Castrated Left!")
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To: DBCJR

doesn’t matter..”the one” needs money from fines to fund his budget, but it ISN’T a tax ya see, everyone gets their taxes cut..this is a “fine”..


4 posted on 03/01/2009 1:20:51 PM PST by GeorgiaDawg32 (A democrat will break your leg, then hand you a crutch and take credit for your being able to walk.)
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To: patriotmediaa

The farmers need to tell the EPA to knock off all the flatulence. The farmers have a job to do. They need to feed the world. The EPA needs to stay in their offices and go back to pondering their genitals.


5 posted on 03/01/2009 1:21:10 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Just being a "U.S. citizen" does not make one an American.)
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To: patriotmediaa

Iowegians voted for Uh-Bama. Let them lay in the bed they made.


6 posted on 03/01/2009 1:21:21 PM PST by MuttTheHoople
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To: patriotmediaa

EPA, another bloated government bureaucracy full of morons who couldn’t find honest work, making mindless, feel-good decrees regardless of the consequences.


7 posted on 03/01/2009 1:21:46 PM PST by Redleg Duke ("Sarah Palin...Unleashing the Fury of the Castrated Left!")
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To: patriotmediaa

No problem. Just give them free access to all the water they need to do the job.


8 posted on 03/01/2009 1:22:18 PM PST by Right Wing Assault
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To: patriotmediaa

Just when you think bureaucrat flunkies couldn’t possibly get more moronic ....


9 posted on 03/01/2009 1:23:22 PM PST by steelyourfaith (How many face lifts were required before the Speaker began speaking from her anal orifice?)
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To: MuttTheHoople

Now the Obamaloons have to deal with their creation. Some people never learn.


10 posted on 03/01/2009 1:23:59 PM PST by Tarpon (It's a common fact, one can't be liberal and rational at the same time.)
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To: patriotmediaa

Do we have money to pay dust inspectors now?


11 posted on 03/01/2009 1:24:27 PM PST by nufsed
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To: GeorgiaDawg32

Fine with me, long as it’s YOUR tax.


12 posted on 03/01/2009 1:24:44 PM PST by DBCJR (What would you expect?)
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To: patriotmediaa

All beaches must be closed and paved over due to health danger posed by blowing sand. All baseball diamonds must be closed, including those of MLB due to blowing dust health dangers. For the same reason, the use of brooms is prohibited, including mechanical ones used in street cleaners.


13 posted on 03/01/2009 1:25:27 PM PST by Right Wing Assault
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To: patriotmediaa

Many farmers vote Democrat, they are getting what they vote for. Second hand dust kills!


14 posted on 03/01/2009 1:25:31 PM PST by upsdriver
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To: patriotmediaa

Another unconstitutional endeavor taken up by the Feds...EPA.

This one is completely stupid, though. Tell ya what...if you don’t like the dust, stay in the city. We’ll be just fine out here, on our own.


15 posted on 03/01/2009 1:25:31 PM PST by PubliusMM (RKBA; a matter of fact, not opinion. 01-20-2013: Change we can look forward to.)
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To: patriotmediaa

Washington is full of petty liberal tyrants who have not the slightest clue as to life outside the Beltway.


16 posted on 03/01/2009 1:25:38 PM PST by FormerACLUmember (When the past no longer illuminates the future, the spirit walks in darkness.)
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To: FormerACLUmember

Global food crisis called ‘ticking time bomb’

By Mark Pattison
Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The global food crisis was called a “ticking time bomb” at a Feb. 24 forum during the annual Catholic Social Ministry Gathering in Washington.

Although prices for cereal grains have dropped since their spike last spring, the crisis has not gone away, according to Rajul Pandya-Lorch, chief of staff at the International Food Policy Research Institute and the head of the institute’s initiative, Vision 2020 for Food.

Instead, she said, the food crisis has been overshadowed by the global financial crisis.

The spike in prices was brought about by unregulated speculation in food commodities, Pandya-Lorch said.

While regulations ordinarily limit purchases of cereal grains to 11 million bushels, the U.S. financial houses Morgan Stanley and American International Group, better known as AIG, used loopholes to buy more than 2 billion bushels of grain, keeping it off the market and sending prices soaring. Rice more than tripled in price, and wheat and corn doubled, she said.

Another driver in food price hikes was the use of food for biofuels. Cereal grain use last year was up 5 percent for food, Pandya-Lorch said, but up 38 percent for energy.

The price spikes whipsawed producers and consumers alike. Because the price of oil also had spiked, producers found it harder to maintain leases on equipment in order to do more planting and take advantage of the higher prices, Pandya-Lorch said, and poor consumers, especially in developing countries, found themselves spending 50 percent to 70 percent of their income on food.

Yet cheap food is not an automatic solution to the food crisis, she said. “People think low food prices are good for the poor in the developing world. They’re not,” Pandya-Lorch declared.

Low prices lead to a flood of cheap imported food from high-yield agricultural nations, creating a disincentive for local farmers to grow their own crops since they cannot compete on price.

A new dynamic in last year’s food price upheavals was a shortage caused by growing demand, according to Pandya-Lorch. Past shortages have been primarily caused by insufficient production.

Even so, the rate of increased yields is declining to about 1 percent to 2 percent a year, she noted. In the early 1990s, the rate of increase had been 1.5 percent to 3 percent, and in the early 1980s the rate of increase had been 3 percent to 5 percent, depending on the type of grain.

The use of grain as animal feed also removes food from the marketplace. It takes 2 pounds of grain to produce 1 pound of chicken, she said, but 6 pounds of grain to produce 1 pound of beef.

Steve Hilbert, an African affairs policy adviser for the U.S. bishops’ Office of International Justice and Peace, called for calmer markets and the closing of regulatory loopholes.

“We have to say you can’t treat food commodities as you would copper,” Hilbert said.

The Catholic Social Ministry Gathering, which drew 550 participants, was co-sponsored by 18 agencies, including five agencies of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops: the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, the Secretariat of Cultural Diversity in the Church, the Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development, Migration and Refugee Services, and the Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities.


17 posted on 03/01/2009 1:27:03 PM PST by patriotmediaa
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To: patriotmediaa

Memo to Farmers (and every other person):

You vote democrat, you get this crap.


18 posted on 03/01/2009 1:27:29 PM PST by FormerACLUmember (When the past no longer illuminates the future, the spirit walks in darkness.)
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To: patriotmediaa

Our govt, doing all it can to drive all businesses and production out.

Things like this are why its cheaper to grow a watermelon is South America and ship it to America than to grow it here.


19 posted on 03/01/2009 1:27:51 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: patriotmediaa
EPA says farmers must keep dust down

I've seen this coming since the Clinton EPA wanted to regulate "microfibers", including all dusts.

At the time I said they would regulate dirt dust from farming.

Don't forget, the Clinton OSHA wanted to regulate home offices too. They wanted to inspect the homes of people who work at home to make sure they had safe working environments, including stair rails, electrical wiring, ventilation, etc.

Watch for this to come back with Osama.

20 posted on 03/01/2009 1:28:47 PM PST by SteamShovel (Global Warming, the New Patriotism)
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To: patriotmediaa
Michael Formica, a lawyer for the pork council

I realize he's on the farmer's side, but he ought to see if someone in Congress is interested in that name.

21 posted on 03/01/2009 1:29:54 PM PST by neodad (USS Vincennes (CG 49) "Freedom's Fortress")
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To: patriotmediaa
BOYCOTT FARMERS. DON'T EAT

My favorite old bumper sticker.

22 posted on 03/01/2009 1:30:15 PM PST by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: patriotmediaa

“Milbourn said various options exist for states, such as retrofitting buses that run on diesel engines.”

Pray tell..what do buses have to do with farming?

This woman sounds like an idiot!


24 posted on 03/01/2009 1:32:14 PM PST by penelopesire ("The only CHANGE you will get with the Democrats is the CHANGE left in your pocket")
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To: MuttTheHoople
Iowegians voted for Uh-Bama. Let them lay in the bed they made.

You are correct, sir. Iowa used to understand very well the relationship between sowing and reaping, but it is time to re-learn.

Mr. niteowl77

25 posted on 03/01/2009 1:32:27 PM PST by niteowl77 (You wanted him, and now you have got him. I say, "Good day to you," America.)
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To: patriotmediaa

Go to West Tex. where it rains mud sometimes.


26 posted on 03/01/2009 1:33:58 PM PST by Waco
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To: patriotmediaa; Fred Nerks; Allegra

So now Obama is threatening the national food supply on ideological grounds.

Lets see:

1) No Banks
2) No fuel
3) No guns
4) No ammo
5) No food
6) No stock market
7) No bank sponsors for golf
8) No conservative radio

If he adds “no beer”, I see no reason to continue to live anywhere but in Costa Rica.


27 posted on 03/01/2009 1:35:01 PM PST by Candor7 (Fascism? All it takes is for good men to say nothing, ( member NRA)
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To: FormerACLUmember
Washington is full of petty liberal tyrants who have not the slightest clue as to life outside the Beltway.

I remember Mel Gibson's character in The Patriot speaking in the Virgina Legislature:

"Why should I exchange one tyrant three thousand miles away for three thousand tyrants one mile away?"

28 posted on 03/01/2009 1:35:02 PM PST by Riley (The Fourth Estate is the Fifth Column.)
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To: Riley

Ack- should read ‘Virginia’.


29 posted on 03/01/2009 1:36:29 PM PST by Riley (The Fourth Estate is the Fifth Column.)
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To: Riley

Double ack— South Carolina.

(blush)


30 posted on 03/01/2009 1:36:59 PM PST by Riley (The Fourth Estate is the Fifth Column.)
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To: patriotmediaa

Ah yes the EPA, yet another government agency built on good intentions and probably did good work the first few years.

Now they are rogue and needs to be shut down.


31 posted on 03/01/2009 1:37:56 PM PST by Domandred (Hope is the first step on the road to disappointment.)
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To: driftdiver

I’m on the CA central coast and my veggie garden still has many many green onions thriving, which means they CAN be grown here in the winter. But at Safeway they’re selling little bunches of green onions with about six per bundle for 99cents. That’s more than a dollar per onion. And there’s a large-ish sign that proclaims them to be “Product of Mexico.”

Arrgghh.


32 posted on 03/01/2009 1:38:20 PM PST by EggsAckley
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To: patriotmediaa

EnviroWhackos have been just as anti-agriculture as they are anti-ranching.

Not only “meat is murder” with these extremists....but “agriculture is murder”

Environmental extremism pretty much wiped out a lot of agriculture in the part of Florida I live in.

Enviromentalism kills more people than pollution ever will


33 posted on 03/01/2009 1:38:21 PM PST by UCFRoadWarrior (The Biggest Threat To American Soverignty Is Rampant Economic Anti-Americanism)
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To: patriotmediaa
Please God...just one time...one of these for Washington, DC.


34 posted on 03/01/2009 1:39:05 PM PST by tflabo
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To: patriotmediaa

Farmers say “pay me more federal dollars. You won’t see any dust.”


35 posted on 03/01/2009 1:39:13 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: patriotmediaa

Just when you think bureaucrats couldn’t find anything more stupid to do or say, by golly they manage to top their own previous marks for idiocy.


36 posted on 03/01/2009 1:40:05 PM PST by snowsislander (NRA -- join today! 1-877-NRA-2000)
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To: patriotmediaa

So does this mean no more sliding into second?


37 posted on 03/01/2009 1:42:23 PM PST by Oldpuppymax (AGENDA OF THE LEFT EXPOSED)
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To: patriotmediaa

F****** Washington DC commissars. Fat ass bureaucrats who don’t have the slightest clue what farmers do

Wsahinton DC is the new Imperioal Rome we pay tribute (outlandish taxes) to. There is never a recession in DC


38 posted on 03/01/2009 1:42:42 PM PST by dennisw (Archimedes--- Give me a place to stand, and I will move the Earth)
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To: UCFRoadWarrior

“Enviromentalism kills more people than pollution ever will”

Banning DDT for example.


39 posted on 03/01/2009 1:43:07 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: snowsislander

where do they come from ?


40 posted on 03/01/2009 1:43:27 PM PST by patriotmediaa
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To: patriotmediaa

“I ORDER you to keep wind levels DOWN on our farms in the name of our lord Barack obama!”


41 posted on 03/01/2009 1:44:17 PM PST by J40000
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To: Oldpuppymax

They’ll have to water second base down to keep dust from being raised, but then it’ll come under Federal Wetland rules. The runner might be able to tiptoe in if he’s filed all of the necessary paperwork in advance to go through the permit process.


42 posted on 03/01/2009 1:44:30 PM PST by Riley (The Fourth Estate is the Fifth Column.)
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To: patriotmediaa

And they call Robert Mugabee crazy


43 posted on 03/01/2009 1:44:39 PM PST by dennisw (Archimedes--- Give me a place to stand, and I will move the Earth)
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To: patriotmediaa

This is satire, right? Right? .....right?


44 posted on 03/01/2009 1:45:53 PM PST by ktscarlett66 (Face it girls....I'm older and I have more insurance....)
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To: Candor7

Control the Banks, Trade, Arms and FOOD and you control ALL people. Think about this one folks...


45 posted on 03/01/2009 1:46:52 PM PST by J40000
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To: tflabo
This pic would be a HUGE - "CHA-CHING!!!" in obama's small mind.
46 posted on 03/01/2009 1:48:42 PM PST by J40000
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To: patriotmediaa
farmers tell the Government go to hell,no more food

You best be telling your congress critter to stop this and the other programs that are putting us out of bussiness. The new C R P program is paying between $100 & $135.00 an acre for 15 (fifteen) year contracts. Plus $100 bonus on sign-ups now and in the process of adding another $400.00 an acre on top of that.

47 posted on 03/01/2009 1:49:37 PM PST by piroque
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where do they come from ?

Heaven knows, but I do seriously doubt that the ones issuing this type of hogwash were born on a farm.

48 posted on 03/01/2009 1:50:16 PM PST by snowsislander (NRA -- join today! 1-877-NRA-2000)
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To: patriotmediaa

EPA will decree all farmers must now use hand sickles.


49 posted on 03/01/2009 1:51:05 PM PST by AU72
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To: bamahead

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50 posted on 03/01/2009 1:51:28 PM PST by KoRn
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