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Wisconsin Farm Leader Testifies on Endangered Species Reform

Thursday, February 16, 2017/Categories: General News, Today's Top 5, People in Ag, National News, Ag Issues

Wisconsin Farm Leader Testifies on Endangered Species Reform

 

 WASHINGTON, D.C., February 15, 2017 – In congressional testimony today, Wisconsin Farm Bureau President Jim Holte, told the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee current Endangered Species Act enforcement fails to provide adequate incentives for species conservation on working lands and, instead, imposes far-reaching regulatory burdens on agriculture.

 

Congress intended for the ESA to protect species from extinction, but even after species have recovered, regulations and litigation often fail to allow them to be removed from protected status. According to Holte, a member of the American Farm Bureau Federation Board of Directors, the law is ripe for reform because it places a priority on keeping species listed rather than carrying out actual work related to recovery and habitat conservation.

 

“Reform of the ESA should include a focus on species recovery and habitat conservation that respects landowners,” Holte told senators. “Coordination with state wildlife agencies to leverage private, incentive-based conservation efforts can better achieve long-term conservation goals.”

 

Holte, a beef and grain farmer from Elk Mound, Wisconsin, said that in his state regulatory action related to one species in particular, the gray wolf, is having adverse effects on many farmers.

 

In addition to sharing statistics about Wisconsin’s wolf population, Holte shared one of many stories about how an attack by the predator species resulted in the gruesome loss of a dairy cow by Ryan and Cheri Klussendorf. As a result, the Klussendorfs now keep their herd within 200 feet of their farmyard at night, and calves are no longer put on pasture.

 

“The costs have been burdensome but the emotional toll and increased stress on the family and animals has been tremendous,” Holte said, noting that the family cannot legally protect their herd with a firearm in the event of a wolf attack.

 

Holte said the Klussendorfs are not the only farmers who have been impacted, and Wisconsin Farm Bureau continues to support the decision to delist the gray wolf and allow state wildlife officials to manage wolf populations. He said interactions between farmers, their livestock, rural residents and wolves continue to escalate “without a remedy in sight.”

 

Holte told the committee that congressional action is needed


Source:  American Farm Bureau Federation



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