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Oversight or onslaught?

Written by Bill Streeter on .

Proposals point out disconnect between producers and politicians

Most of you have seen the proposals below in one form or another in the past few years. It's difficult to nail down any of these propositions since they seem to change month by month. Some are destined to fail.

Others will succeed, but in a highly altered form. One point remains constant. Politicians and the interest groups they represent are on the offense against agriculture. We cannot let them succeed. A quick look at this list underscores that point.

Climate change

It's known today as cap and trade or cap and tax. At the end of 2009 and the beginning of 2010, cap and trade looked invincible. Agriculture looked vulnerable. Just because the legislation  has taken a backseat, none of us needs to be relieved. This legislation is pushed by the EPA and other environmental groups. It was loosely based on mandatory caps on carbon creation and a trading scheme.

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