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Statement by Lacy Upchurch, President, TN Farm Bureau, Regarding Passage of H.R. 5078 WOTUS Regulatory Overreach Protection Act
“We applaud the action by the House of Representatives in the stand they took this week to protect our farmers from the regulatory overreach of the EPA. The passage of H.R. 5078, or the Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act of 2014 (WOTUS), by a vote of 262-152 should convince the EPA that their proposed Waters of U.S. rule should be dropped.
Greene County young farm couple Mark and Cindy Klepper were named Tennessee Farm Bureau’s Outstanding Young Farmer and Achievement Award winners during special ceremonies at the Tennessee Young Farmer Summer Conference.
Statement by Lacy Upchurch, President, Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation on Senate Passage of Farm Bill
The Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation commends the U.S. Senate for passage today of the new five-year farm bill. While it’s been a long road to get to this point, we are pleased with the bi-partisan support of this legislation from both the Senate and House.
Tomorrow, the American Farm Bureau Federation will be asking Americans all across this nation to take time out and remember those facing severe struggles due to this year’s devastating drought. The Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation is also urging all fellow Tennesseans to give time in prayer remembering those individuals and families facing challenges related to the ongoing drought during this National Day of Prayer for Drought Victims.
A major hurdle for farmers who wish to pass their farms on to their children will disappear in 2016. Reforming the inheritance tax has been a Farm Bureau priority issue for many years and that hard work is finally paying off as legislation made its way through the process to end Tennessee’s inheritance tax.
Statement by Lacy Upchurch, President Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation Regarding Withdrawal of the Overreaching Child Labor Proposal
The Labor Department’s decision to withdraw its proposed rules that would have prevented young people from working in agriculture is great news for Tennessee and the United States’ farmers.
The purpose of SB 3603 is to bring some certainty by establishing a state commission to continue the existence of a Tennessee State Fair. This bill deals only with establishing a state fair commission and authorizing it with the necessary duties and responsibility to ensure the continuation of a Tennessee State Fair. Rest assured our interest is not only in preserving the state fair, but in revitalizing it into a cultural event that makes all TENNESSEANS proud.
Lou Pitts Nave, a native of Cannon County and sixth generation livestock producer, has been named the Executive Director of FACCT. Nave will be working with livestock producers across the state developing networks to support the work of the Farm Animal Care Coalition of Tennessee. FACCT was established by animal agriculture supporters across the state to be a reliable resource for the public and farmers regarding humane care, well-being issues and best management practices for farm animals.