An Opinion Editorial by Ryan Yates, American Farm Bureau Federation
Congress needs to act swiftly and complete the work begun in the House to modernize the ESA as well as target the administration’s continued efforts to expand the reach of the ESA through expansive federal rulemakings. Some small but important steps can be taken now to bring common sense to the ESA, from increasing transparency and making data available online to enhancing local participation in recognizing and protecting endangered species.
Farmers and ranchers are proud stewards of the natural resources and wildlife on their land, yet the ESA continues to punish them with unrealistic burdens and restrictions. Yes, federal agencies and citizens must take responsible action to protect wildlife legitimately in danger of extinction, but we must succeed in this task without endangering American agriculture in the process.
Source: The American Farm Bureau Federation
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