Articles written by Bob Stallman

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  • PA's New Water Rule Is Even Worse than Farmers Feared

    Bob Stallman|Jun 24, 2015

    The Environmental Protection Agency finally released its new "clean water" rule and actually managed to make it worse than we expected. Despite an unprecedented marketing campaign by EPA, the proposed rule was fiercely opposed by the vast majority of state and local governments, businesses and groups representing almost every part of the American economy-including farmers and ranchers. We called on EPA to ditch the rule, go back to the drawing board and craft a rule that won't cripple farming an...

  • The Ag Agenda

    Bob Stallman|Jul 30, 2014

    Americans expect straight talk from their government. If our government says something, you ought to be able to take it to the bank, as the saying goes. The Environmental Protection Agency is not meeting that expectation. Instead of making things clear when it comes to how the proposed “Waters of the U.S.” rule would affect farmers and other landowners, the EPA is muddying the waters. It’s Complicated Two Supreme Court rulings have limited EPA’s and the Corps of Engineers’ authority under the Clean Water Act to waters that are navigable or have...

  • Our Food is Safer Than Ever

    Bob Stallman|May 1, 2013

    Summertime is almost upon us. For most Americans, the warmer weather brings picnics in the park, BBQs and grilling out with family and friends. It also brings the increased chance for foodborne illness to occur if safe food preparation and handling is not given full attention. Because food safety is such an important issue to farmers, we’ve worked hard to ensure that the food that reaches your table is safe. Thanks to voluntary farmer-led initiatives, strict government monitoring and consumer food safety education, foodborne illness has d...

  • Drought Challenges All Aspects of Agriculture

    Bob Stallman|Sep 5, 2012

    One of the greatest attributes of a general farm organization such as Farm Bureau is that it represents farm and ranch families who raise all different types of food and fiber. At the same time, one of the biggest challenges facing a general farm organization is that it represents farm and ranch families who raise all different types of food and fiber. This summer’s drought brought that fact clearly into focus. For the third time in four years, corn prices have topped $7 a bushel. This year, the price has shot past $8. Livestock farmers and r...