Montello resident voices opinion about EPA regulations and farming

To the Editor:

Farming and ranching are a very important part of my rural community; farmers make up a good part of our church and neighbors here. During the previous administration, the EPA got involved in things that should have been left alone, and that was hard on farmers. I want to show appreciation to President Donald J. Trump for his efforts to change the situation for the better.

In the past, I don’t think the government understood the impact these regulations had on farmers. Overregulation of private farmland just costs farmers too much to comply with the rules. The farmers need to invest their money wisely, not waste it on an effort to meet unneeded regulations. It’s as if the people behind regulations are always trying to find something wrong.

In particular, I don’t like the government overreach we saw with the Waters of the United States rule at all. I have a lake and it is mine. I don’t want to be told what to do with it. Further, we should wait for scientific proof before banning pesticides. If President Obama banned them, let’s get them back out there where farmers can use them, because they need them.

We don’t need to keep poling new rules on top of old ones; we just need to make sure that we have clean air and water. No more regulations. They’re restrictive on farmers, businesses, everyone. Again, I want to extend my appreciation to President Trump. I hope he keeps up the good work rolling back EPA regulations.

/s/ Timothy Mills, Mon-tello