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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  • Lee

    I used to like Andy Griffith until he made that commercial for Obamacare.

    Sorry, I won’t miss him. He helped screw over the country I loved.

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  • http://biggovernment.com ponderon

    If you see a drone snooping over your property shoot the damn thing down..This is just another attempt by EPA to regulate farmers out business…….Marxists wants complete control over the masses, they will decide whom grows and raises the food, who will be able to eat that food…..

  • Jo

    Shoot the damn things down! They’re UFOs.

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  • maynardb61

    Back in my day, the cow patties were allowed to dry, then burned. I guess that is against the law too.

  • Blue Hen

    If you think that black panthers should threaten people with clubs when they try to vote, or post dead or alive posters without question, but conduct warrantless aerial survellience on farmers, you’re a leftist.

  • Valerie

    OT- just a quick note: You might not know how to take this story, if you’ve never lived in DC.


    Yeah, there was some breathless coverage of a line of thunderstorms that swept up the east coast, and yes, the power’s out — again. In the usual areas. That storm was nothing unusual, if you take into account what you can expect in that area about every other year.

    We all know that trees can take down power lines in windstorms, mainly because they do it every year. You have three choices: lose power, trim the trees, or put the power lines underground. I chose to live in an area with buried power lines. I had no problem with power outages. I know people that lived in Alexandria who installed a generator. They had no problem.

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  • Valerie

    The EPA has a problem: it’s initial goals have been met. It is an agency looking for a new mission, kind of like the March of Dimes after polio was eradicated in this country.

    The EPA needs to be given direction, namely to quantify what is an approvable manufacturing facility, so that people can make decisions and build new manufacturing facilities on a reasonable schedule.

    Lacking direction, the bureaucrats at the EPA have been busy expanding their mission, all the way to non-pollutants and non-polluters.

  • Blacque Jacques Shellacque

    Wanna put a stop to those flights? Bring one of them down.

  • Mongo

    Maybe we can buy some Stingers from the Taliban?

  • LibsRstupid

    Thats exactly what they want Blacque, they can then justify the schwaarm over the rest of us.

  • LibsRstupid

    We as Americans have traded Liberty and freedom for perceived safety and now have neither.

  • Chelie

    Funny how liberals don’t care about flyover country until they make up a reason to fly over it.

  • Monkey Wrench

    Unfortunately, after 9/11 Americans were far too willing to grant the government broad powers in the area of domestic surveillance. Soon you will see government cameras everywhere. Congress recently ok’d the purchase of something like 30,000 spy drones for domestic use.

    With all the billions and billions of dollars being poured into Dept of Homeland Security, this is only going to get worse.

    Btw, with few exceptions, this is being supported by both parties.


  • stuart

    “No American agency has the right to treat American farmers like the Taliban”

    What, are you kidding me? Americans now have just two “Rights”.
    You have the right to remain silent.
    You have the right to privacy. That is to say, you have the right to destroy your unwanted offspring, (with a government subsidy no less).
    As for all the other rights, they are now subjected to congresses unlimited right to tax them out of existence. Sure, let freedom ring. Let it keep on ringing. We ain’t answering the phone.

  • creeper

    We have relatives who own a small business and they live in terror of the EPA. This is an agency that is utterly out of control.

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