WV Farm Bureau Magazine July 2014 - Page 4

presidential paradigms Defending Our Values Charles Wilfong, President, West Virginia Farm Bureau In June the world observed the 70th anniversary of the massive D-Day landing of Allied Forces on the beaches of Normandy, France. This began the liberation of Western Europe in World War II. This commemoration should be a constant reminder of the ultimate sacrifice that so many have paid, not only at the beaches of Normandy, but all around the world for the sake of freedom and liberty. All of us owe a huge debt of gratitude to our brave and selfless soldiers, past and present, who have defended our freedoms. EPA and other federal agencies. All of this comes at a time when agriculture is expected to increase production to sustain a world population estimated to rise from the current 7 billion to 9 billion by 2050. Production increases will be very difficult to achieve with ever increasing regulatory control. Our current situation is a classic example of elections having consequences. We must return to the principles on which our country was founded, and elect leaders who respect those values. We owe that much and more to the soldiers who have fought and the many who gave their lives to defend those beliefs. Perhaps that is why the actions of some people serving in our government are so frustrating. Our freedoms are under direct attack by agencies such as the EPA and others. Numerous EPA proposals, in the name of environmental protection, would strip away many of our rights and give the federal government more control over our farms and our lives. The outcome of our current battle over the Clean Water Act is just one example. We are also dealing with EPA over Clean Air Act issues that not only threaten electric power generation capabilities but greatly impact agriculture. A climate change report released by EPA earlier this year listed cows as the biggest contributor of methane to the atmosphere as a greenhouse gas! We can only imagine what the EPA has in store for cattle producers to reduce this “emission” from cows. There are dozens of other rules and regulations we can look forward to as well from 4 West Virginia Farm Bureau News FB14_80 YFR Ad_3.indd 2 5/13/14 10:04 AM