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AFBF: Statement Regarding New Livestock Rule

by 5m Editor
3 November 2008, at 8:50a.m.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The AFBF, along with the EPA, are evaluating a new rule for livestock farms - the rule on Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO).

The federal rule on Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations published on October 31 sets new environmental standards for America’s livestock farms and represents a significant policy shift. The rule is the result of a 10-year process at the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), and the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) is evaluating it closely.

“The rule contains substantial improvements in water quality protection, and may improve water quality as a result. We are encouraged that the rule includes a number of incentives for livestock farms to operate at high levels of environmental compliance," said Bob Stallman, President of AFBF.

Mr. Stallman also said that a positive aspect is that livestock farmers will have flexibility to evaluate their farm and determine whether or not to secure a permit. "Regardless of the farmer’s decision, there is no doubt they will have to meet challenging environmental standards," he said.

“AFBF will closely review the rule and provide further comment in the near future.”