By Katrina Goforth
October 15, 2016
U.S. Sen. James Inhofe (R-Tulsa) paid a visit to Altus on Wednesday to meet with local farmers and policymakers concerning State Question 777, Oklahoma’s Right to Farm Amendment that will be on the ballot Nov. 8.
Inhofe is the chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee in Washington, D.C. and so the future of Oklahoma farmers and agriculture is one of his front-running concerns.
Supporters of State Question 777 argue that the amendment would allow farmers and ranchers to defend themselves against unjust or industry-harming laws and bring in farmers who are attracted to a competitive, free-market system that allows the best farming practices to be decided by consumers.
“As a farmer, the last thing you want in Oklahoma is a bureaucracy coming in and telling you what you can and cannot plant,” Inhofe said.
Inhofe also spoke on the issue of over-regulations by the Environmental Protection Agency or EPA, concerning the Clean Water Rule: WOTUS or Waters of the United States. Many fear that if WOTUS is passed, water features on private land would become subject to EPA regulations that are not classified as waters of the United States.