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         KLA      staff   and                                                      NCBA, KLA AND OTHERS PRESSURE
      NCBA leadership re-                                                       CONGRESS TO PROTECT FAMILY FARMS
      cently participated                                                                         AND RANCHES
      in a community out-                                                     NCBA spearheaded a let- a partisan issue; in fact, it’s
      reach meeting held                                                    ter to U.S. House Ways and  an issue that affects every
      by the Environmen-                                                    Means and U.S. Senate Fi- single  American.  With  more
      tal  Protection Agen-                                                 nance Committee leadership  than 370 million acres ex-
      cy (EPA) on how it                                                    urging them to consider the  pected to change hands in the
      should proceed with                                                   implications that changes to  next two decades, preserving
      changes to the defini-                                                federal  tax policy  will have  long-standing provisions in
      tion of “waters of the                                                on family-owned agricultural  the federal tax code is a win-
      U.S.” (WOTUS). EPA                 groups demanded NWPR be            businesses. Signed by nearly  win situation for producers
      previously had announced           immediately repealed and           330 national, regional and  and consumers alike.”
      its intent to revoke the nav-      replaced with wide-sweeping        state trade associations, in-        Some federal tax poli-
      igable waters protection rule      federal authority over almost      cluding KLA, the letter sent  cy proposals have been ac-
      (NWPR) and replace it with         all water features.  These         a strong message to Capitol  companied by the promise
      a new Clean  Water  Act ju-        groups’ statements were not        Hill that when drafting leg- of purported protections to
      risdictional rule. NWPR was        grounded in law and were           islation  to  implement  Pres- family-owned            businesses.
      finalized  under  the  Trump       based on dubious facts, but        ident Biden's  “Build Back        However, those accommo-
      administration to replace the      it was clear they hold sway        Better” agenda, it is critical  dations may not necessarily
      2015 Obama WOTUS rule.             with the Biden administra-         the “American Families Plan”  apply to the diverse complex-
         During the August 31 vir-       tion.                              supports family farms and  ity  of  ownership  structures
      tual outreach session, KLA            KLA and NCBA had                ranches.                          across agricultural entities.
      staff, along with NCBA Vice        worked with the Trump ad-            “Congress must consid- Therefore, the letter stressed
      President Todd Wilkinson           ministration to craft NWPR,        er the complex structure of  the only way to ensure the
      and staff from Nebraska            which provided clear jurisdic-     family-owned       agricultural future viability of family
      Cattlemen and the Florida          tional boundaries for farmers      businesses that serve as the  farms and ranches is to fully
      Cattlemen’s Association, pro-      and ranchers. NWPR adhered         backbone of rural economies;  preserve critical provisions
      vided statements in opposi-        to Supreme Court precedent,        therefore, understand how  such as stepped-up basis,
      tion of repealing NWPR. The        empowered states to manage         changes to long-standing  like-kind exchanges and the
      group also made clear if a         water bodies, solidified im-       provisions in the tax code  Section 199A small business
      new rule is proposed, it must      portant agricultural exemp-        could be detrimental to the  deduction and maintain the
      maintain the NWPR exclu-           tions and eliminated federal       financial  viability  of  these  current estate tax code pro-
      sion of ephemeral streams          control over isolated water        businesses as they transfer  visions.
      and exemptions for stock           bodies that do not contribute      to the next generation,” said     KLA
      ponds and prior converted          to downstream water quality.       NCBA Senior Executive Di-
      cropland.                          KLA and NCBA will work ag-         rector of Government Affairs
         Other participants in the       gressively against its repeal.     Danielle Beck.  “This is not
      session ranged from agri-          However, if it is repealed,
      business, mining and con-          both organizations will work
      struction  interests  to  com-     to ensure any revisions re-
      munity activists and radical       spect private property rights.
      environmental groups. Pre-
      dictably, the environmental  KLA

      NCBA CALLS                         agriculture sources by incen-
      continued from page 3              tivizing the deployment of im-
                                         proved manure management
      sion is also working to accel- systems, anaerobic digesters,
      erate the uptake of mitiga- new livestock feeds, compost-
      tion technologies through the  ing, and other practices,” the
      wider deployment of  ‘carbon  White House said.
      farming’ in European Union            In a news release, NCBA           NCBA  Vice  President  of  food. This happens due to the
      Member States and through  urged the Biden administra-                Government Affairs  Ethan  cow’s specialized ruminant
      their  Common Agricultural  tion to maintain an open dia-             Lane said,  “We’ve engaged  digestive system, which al-
      Policy Strategic Plans, and to  logue with experts in agricul-        with the Biden administra- lows cattle to consume grass-
      promote biomethane produc- ture and said to achieve the               tion since Day One to ensure  es which grow on marginal
      tion from agricultural waste  goal of curbing global meth-            the U.S. cattle industry is rec- land that would be otherwise
      and residues,” according to  ane emissions by 2030  “the              ognized for our strong record  unusable for growing food.
      the release.                       administration will need the       of environmental stewardship  The gas breaks down in the
         “At  the  president’s  urging  voluntary participation, sci-       and  that  our  voice, and our  atmosphere in 9-12 years, is
      and in partnership with U.S.  entific research and practical          priorities, are heard loud and  sequestered in soil and grass-
      farmers and ranchers, the U.S.  knowledge of U.S. cattle pro-         clear. The administration can- es, and then consumed by ru-
      Department of Agriculture is  ducers.”                                not accomplish lasting conser- minant animals as part of a
      working to significantly ex-          NCBA noted last month           vation without the buy-in of  natural grazing cycle.”
      pand the voluntary adoption  that the U.S. cattle industry            cattle producers.”                –The Hagstrom Report
      of climate-smart agriculture  will be working to demon-                 In the release, NCBA ex-
      practices that will reduce  strate climate neutrality by              plained,  “Cattle emit meth-
      methane emissions from key  2040.                                     ane when they digest their
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