Subcommittee Hearings

Subcommittee on Agriculture, Energy and Trade

November 17, 2011
Adrift in New Regulatory Burdens and Uncertainty: A Review of Proposed and Potential Regulations on Family Farmers
On Thursday, November 17, at 10:00 am, the Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Agriculture, Energy and Trade held a hearing entitled Adrift in New Regulatory Burdens and Uncertainty: A Review of Proposed and Potential Regulations on Family Farmers. The hearing took place in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

The Subcommittee discussed possible ramifications on farmers and other small businesses of possible regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  This hearing focused on new National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit requirements under the Clean Water Act (CWA) for the application of pesticides and other chemicals that must be registered under the Federal Insecticide, Rodenticide and Fungicide Act (FIFRA).  In addition, the Subcommittee addressed new National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for coarse particulate matter (PM) that may or may not incorporate dust. 

Opening Statement:

Chairman Scott Tipton (R-CO

Witnesses and Testimony:

  • Philip Nelson, President, Illinois Farm Bureau, Bloomington, IL
  • Leonard Felix, President, Olathe Spray Service, Inc., Olathe, CO
  • Ray Vester, Vester Farms, Stuttgart, AR
  • Carl T. Shaffer, President, Pennsylvania Farm Bureau, Mifflinville, PA

    Additional Items:

  • Official Hearing Notice
  • Official Witness List
  • Official Hearing Memo
  • Hearing Video
  • Press Release