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June 20, 2006   Email to Friend 

AFBF'S STALLMAN: SUPREME COURT RULING APPEARS TO FAVOR FARMERS
Mace Thornton
(202) 406-3641
June 20, 2006

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- "The U.S. Supreme Court ruling issued today appears to favor landowners by limiting the regulatory reach of the Clean Water Act to navigable waters and permanent, continuous water bodies. This ruling supports our position as expressed in our friend-of-the-court brief that fields and pastures that have been used by farmers and ranchers for many years should not be regulated the same as rivers and streams.

"Farm Bureau will analyze the court's opinion over the next few days, but we believe it grants the federal government authority to regulate water and wetlands while allowing farmers to continue as the primary caretakers of their land.

"The Clean Water Act is one of several strong laws already in place that protects our water and environment by regulating farmers and others. Farmers and ranchers have a good track record of taking care of the land and undertaking conservation efforts, including wetlands preservation and restoration. They have a deep interest in caring for the land, because they need the land as their partner."


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