Many in the ag industry are calling Supreme Court’s decision in Sackett v. EPA a huge win for landowners and America’s farmers and ranchers. In its ruling, the court decided the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers wrongfully claimed oversight of the wetland on the Sackett’s property.
Mary Thomas Hart is the chief counsel for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. “Today feels like a massive exhale not only at NCBA, but I think the agricultural industry more broadly,” she says.
She tells Brownfield the ag industry has been pushing back on the regulatory overreach since the finalization of the 2015 Waters of the US rule. “And not pushing for these features to be subject to less oversight or less jurisdiction,” she says. “But really pushing to draw an appropriate line between federal and state control.