Ag Retail Earns Policy Victories, Prepares for Next Challenges
The legislative, regulatory and judicial landscape is vastly different from what the agricultural retail industry experienced decades ago. In the past eight years, federal regulators completed hundreds of major rules that impacted many sectors, including agriculture. Each of these rules imposes new costs greater than $100 million.
In the past year, the worst offenders of excessive, unlawful regulations were the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Congressional partisan gridlock leads to more stalemates than accomplishments. This legislative dysfunction led to federal agencies like EPA and OSHA filling in the policy vacuum. They continue to attempt to expand federal regulations well beyond Congressional intent and do not follow the proper rulemaking process.
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