OUTRAGED Midwest Farmers Protest EPA Spy Planes Over Iowa Ranches

Midwest farmers were outraged to hear that the Obama EPA was spying on ranches in surveillance planes. Rep. Tom Latham sent a letter to the EPA demanding answers,

“No federal agency has the right to treat the American farmer like the Taliban.”

To the Obama EPA – Iowa farmers are the enemy.

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The AP reported:

Midwest ranchers have never been enamored with environmental regulators, but they really began to complain after learning that federal inspectors were flying over their land to look for problems.

The Environmental Protection Agency flies over power plants and other facilities nationwide to identify potential air, water and land pollution. It began using aerial surveillance in the Midwest in 2010 to check farms for violations of federal clean water regulations.

Ranchers who object to the program said they’re not trying to hide anything. It’s the quiet approach the EPA took with the program designed to spot illegal disposal of animal waste that they find upsetting. Most were not even aware of the flyovers until regional EPA officials mentioned it at a meeting three months ago.

“For me, it just creeps into the ‘Big Brother is watching you’ area, to where the government just feels like it’s getting more and more intrusive,” said Buck Wehrbein, who manages a cattle feeding operation in Mead, Neb., about 30 miles west of Omaha.

EPA officials explained during a meeting with ranchers in West Point, Neb., that they lease small planes that fly EPA staffers over cattle operations. The staffers take photographs as they seek evidence of illegal animal waste running off into rivers and streams.

Ranchers complained to their members of Congress, who responded angrily and then grew even more annoyed by what they considered the EPA’s sluggish response to their inquiries for information about the flights. Nebraska Sen. Mike Johanns, a Republican, introduced an amendment to a multifaceted farm bill to stop the flights, but it fell four votes short of the 60 needed. Although most backers of the amendment were Republicans, 10 Democrats supported the proposal…

…The agency conducted three flyovers in Iowa in 2010, five in 2011, and one this year. In Nebraska, there were six flights last year and three this year.

Two more flights are planned this year in each state.

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  • tj

    Farmer humor..

    Q. How many EPA officials does it take to grease a combine?

    A. Three – if you feed them in nice and slow.

  • Patty

    EPA Drones Now Spying On Midwest Farmers Livestock Activity

    Congress has launched an inquiry into the EPA’s use of drones to monitor the livestock activities of farmers in Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas and Missouri.

    In the latest escalation of the government’s all out assault on freedom and liberty in America farmers have become the latest target Uncle Sam’s multibillion dollar spy-machine.

    The EPA is now using the same drones the military uses to track and assassinate people overseas to spy on the livestock activities of farmers throughout the Section 7 area of the midwest United States which includes Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas and Missouri.

    A bipartisan group of lawmakers is demanding answers about privacy and other concerns from EPA Director Lisa Jackson who defends the practice as cost-effective.

    American citizens should not only be demanding answers but should also be demanding an immediate stop to the use of drones to spy on Americans far outside of the realm of protecting us us from terrorists which was the deception used to trick us into accepting their use in the first place.[………..}


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  • Militant conservative

    Drones or manned?

    If drones, target practice.

  • owl

    “It began using aerial surveillance in the Midwest in 2010 to check farms for violations of federal clean water regulations.”

    There it is. They are judge and jury and put the IRS in the shade for power.

    Most Americans have zero accurate information on this abuse. These vicious tin Gods can ruin small farms that have been in the family for generations.

    I DESPISE this agency. HATE it. Eliminate EPA. They are America’s enemy unless you are a Fed. Defund the entire EPA. If we had any ELECTED officials on our side, they would do something about these monsters that hide under the beds.

  • Patty


    This is what happens when a department has gone wild. And when Americans aren’t paying attention to left wing radicals.

  • anti-bho

    Just heard Sherriff Andy Griffith and deputy Barney Fife are back together in that big Mayberry in the sky.
    Griffith was one of the more liberal of the Hollywood set, but in a kindlier way. And you have to agree he and Ol’ Barn could make you laugh…..
    RIP Andy Griffith.

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  • Kissmygrits

    Another secret govt project just like F&F. Wonder how many more secret projects are going on that we haven’t heard about from the most transparent regime evah!

  • anti-bho

    Never knew there were lyrics to the theme song……..

    Andy Griffith sings TV Show Theme Song. – YouTube


  • Betty Dean

    My understanding is that once they have found a violation and contacted the farmer, he is not told exactly what he must do to mitigate the situation. They tell you to fix it. If you fix it and they don’t like it they will contact you again. But never will they tell you that you are off the hook. It just keeps hanging over your head like a sword.

  • LibsRstupid

    Time has long past to begin the 2nd American Revolution. This Govt is the PROBLEM and needs a complete and total cleansing. Are YOU just going to roll over and let America be destroyed by these crooks and liars that are in complete control of every aspect of American life? How much evidence do you need to come to the conclusion America is broken beyond repair? The time has officially arrived to “throw off” this corrupt incompetent bunch of liars and thieves.

  • Tim in Cali

    C’mon guys,Obama would never come after hard working Americans

    They’re just doing surveilance for a new “Fema Camp”..that’s all

    I’m requesting a room with a view

  • LibsRstupid

    As far as Andy Griffith goes, good riddance you flaming moron Libtard…

  • Bitter Clinger

    When I called my congressman to complain about the drones spying on Americans without warrents, I also pointed out that the army was in the streets of St Louis! What in the name of all that is American is going on I asked……crickets……..They know, they’re intimidated and cowering in the face of this malignancy in OUR White House!

  • LibsRstupid

    We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

  • http://paulinhouston.blogspot.com Paul_In_Houston

    “For me, it just creeps into the ‘Big Brother is watching you’ area, to where the government just feels like it’s getting more and more intrusive,” said Buck Wehrbein, who manages a cattle feeding operation in Mead, Neb., about 30 miles west of Omaha.

    George Orwell (Eric Blair – a former English communist who became disillusioned during the Stalin era) wrote “1984” as a warning.

    These people view it as an operating manual.

    Betty Dean’s comment (# 11) suggests that Kafka is also an inspiration.

    I’m sure that 1984‘s “Room 101” is there, somewhere.

  • Hoser

    Bolshevik administration to ranchers:
    Shut up, look up, smile and wave.Continue to produce food for the greater good and expect new “government enforced pricing” on all food produced after the election.
    If you are simply too tired or irritated with us watching you, please let us know, we will take over your ranches and farms and give them to the people who are more interested in the greater good than your selfish profits or secrecy/privacy.

  • bigL

    I was thinking (and feeling oppressively) Koestler’s “Darkness at Noon”

  • how dumbed down are we bg


    not to worry..

    they’re just keeping track of the drug cartels..

    /truth sarc/