The American Sheep Industry Association cosigned a letter addressed to Reps. Hal Rogers and Nita Lowey, chairman and ranking member, respectively, of the House Appropriations Committee to relay its strong support of the Fiscal Year 2014 Interior and Environment appropriations legislation that will soon be considered by the full Appropriations Committee. Recognizing that hard choices had to be made, the cosigners believe that the policy provisions included in the legislation will provide them with desperately needed regulatory relief and certainty.
The letter states the organizations' support of allowing farmers and ranchers to continue operating on both public and private lands. The Interior and Environment appropriations legislation recognizes this important fact by helping to maintain and improve the federal lands for all users as well as ease the regulatory burdens stemming from federal agencies that continue to hamper the productivity and profitability of farmers and ranchers. From preventing undue federal regulation of the water they depend on for their livelihoods, to providing stability for grazing permits on public lands, this bill offers imperative safeguards to our nation's producers.
"We know that the current budget climate calls for the committee to make difficult decisions, with many programs not funded to the extent many of us would like to see, but we support the overall legislation because of the important benefits it can provide to the livestock and poultry industry. We urge your support of the legislation," the letter stated.