Biden’s burden on American farms has exacerbated the food crisis

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The global food supply is in crisis, and the worst is yet to come. The world’s most vulnerable communities are feeling the ravages of geopolitical conflict, historical levels of inflation, and the ongoing effects of the pandemic. Unfortunately, the barriers and federal regulatory policies imposed by President Joe Biden are exacerbating these crises by creating uncertainty for the farmers and ranchers responsible for feeding the world.

Recently, at the behest of the White House, congressional Democrats ramped up President Biden’s talking points by enforcing the so-called Low Food and Fuel Costs Act, a legislative package that falls woefully short in addressing the ongoing supply chain and inflationary crises plaguing America. Farm families and consumers.

To actually provide relief, the Republicans moved forward and developed solutions. Last Monday, Leader McCarthy and I, along with nearly 100 of our Republican colleagues, sent President Biden a letter outlining the multiple administrative actions he could take immediately to mitigate rising input costs, ease regulatory burdens, and strengthen the role it plays. American agriculture in the stability of world food.

One of the most egregious regulatory burdens is the Waters of the United States, or WOTUS, which has created a great deal of uncertainty for farmers, ranchers, and landowners. The law is vague in defining what constitutes a federal watercourse, referring only to it being “navigable,” resulting in a flagrant nationwide land grab. In 2020, that was largely resolved by the navigable waters protection rule, but the Biden administration scrapped that advance last year, sending producers into the nightmare of the regulatory bureaucracy.

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In addition, the Environmental Protection Agency abruptly eliminated essential crop protection tools that producers need to combat pests and diseases and improve soil health. These decisions were not made according to science but were driven by politics. Unfortunately, this bypass has expanded to new agencies with the SEC’s proposed 510-page climate rule that would require extensive and complex paperwork that would only increase costs, regulatory compliance, and risks for producers.

The Biden administration constantly celebrates record farm incomes but conveniently ignores the fact that production costs are out of control. Food prices are rising, and farmers are struggling to keep up with global demand for food due to skyrocketing costs of inputs, such as fertilizers. The cost of nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium specifically increased by 125 percent from January 2021 to 2022, and only another 17 percent from January to March of this year. As if that wasn’t bad enough, energy costs have hit record levels too, with diesel costing 115 percent and natural gas up 202 percent, sending a ripple effect throughout the entire food supply chain. This energy crisis will only worsen as long as President Biden continues to obstruct American pipeline projects and thwart our energy production potential.

Compounding these challenges to the day-to-day operations of the farm, the Biden administration has proposed a massive new tax liability for American farm families that would jeopardize their long-term viability. This burden will be devastating for the next generation of farmers and ranchers in America. They may survive inflation, regulatory restrictions, and the loss of important tools, only to discover that they cannot evade the tax man.

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As President Biden continues to promote his deafness agenda, HR 8069 for Republicans, the Reducing Farm Input Costs and Barriers to Domestic Production Act seeks to provide the certainty that farm families expect from Washington. This legislation provides mitigation to the EPA’s unprecedented actions related to crop protection tools, provides clarity regarding WOTUS regulations, repeals the SEC’s proposed harmful rule on climate-related disclosures, and more.

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The first step in addressing our food crisis is to meet the needs of American farmers, ranchers, producers, and agribusinesses. Let’s start by reducing organizational burdens to unleash their productive potential.

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