To the editor:
Farmers in our area once again owe a deep gratitude to Sen. Charles Schumer, who helped thwart the EPA from enacting onerous regulations that would have forced dairy farmers to implement costly plans to prevent milk spills.
Through a ridiculous interpretation of oil spill regulations, the EPA was gearing up to demand that dairy farmers develop and implement milk spill prevention procedures in their dairy barns. We're talking about the same kind of spill prevention contingency plans required of oil companies such as ExxonMobil or BP. It's ridiculous; milk is not oil.
Sen. Schumer, along with others in our congressional delegation, was successful in his effort to convince the EPA that this kind of over-regulation was unnecessary and would have been extremely costly to our farm families, who are looking at the highest fuel prices in years as they prepare to go back into the fields for spring planting.
New York Farm Bureau is appreciative of Sen. Schumer's advocacy for our industry and fighting for our farmers on this and so many other issues.
President, Madison County Farm Bureau