Farming is a big part of our community, and I don't think the government as a whole understands the impact environmental regulations have on small farmers. I am glad the president has directed our EPA to lift some of’the regulations that were hurting our local farms and economy.

Everything boils down to the people who buy the goods, so regulations affect us, too. A farmer has to pass on the cost of regulations to consumers. We have enough regulations, and we should enforce the beneficial ones we have instead of creating more.

They could be cut down sensibly so that they don't impose an undue burden on small farmers. Obama-era, overly-strict water regulations on private farmlands, excessive recording of animal emissions and waste products, and over-regulation of pesticides are costly to farmers and add unnecessary red tape.

We need smart options for regulations and to remove those that serve no real purpose.

I support President Donald Trump‘s and the EPA's attempt to enact regulatory reform because I'm for the small farms, not the commercial ones. I'm for using the resources we have in this country for our own people

instead of bringing in foreign resources. I give thanks to the president for sticking to his guns and doing what he said he would do.

It is making a positive difference for rural America.

Thomas Bernatz, Fountain City

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