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Illinois Farm Bureau wants members to call the White House before 4 p.m. on Thursday, to urge President Barack Obama to “ditch the rule” defining “waters of the U.S.”

“If the drains and ditches that cross between, among and within farm fields and pastures are regulated as ‘navigable waters,’ the implications for farmers and ranchers will be disastrous,” according to the action request.

Calls to the White House, 202-456-1111, should be made between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. CST Tuesday through Thursday.

Here is a suggested script of what to say:

  • My name is ______________________ and I’m calling from __________ in the President’s home state of Illinois.  
  • I am strongly opposed to the EPA’s new definition of waters of the United States.  
  • EPA’s rule ignores the will of Congress and flies in the face of two U.S. Supreme Court decisions.  
  • As a farmer who does NOT want the EPA looking over my shoulder every time I apply fertilizer or spray for weeds or bugs, please tell President Obama that the EPA MUST DITCH THE RULE!

Learn more about the EPA’s proposed rule:

Contact your local County Farm Bureau for information, or visit the official Ditch the Rule website for an in-depth explanation.

IFB’s Director of National Legislation & Policy Development, Adam Nielson, says it is important for Illinois to continue efforts to spread the word about the proposed rule.

 Help Ditch the Rule:

  1. Contact your County Farm Bureau and ask them how you can get involved.
  2. Share posts and retweet information from the IFB Facebook and Twitter pages as we share content at least twice per week.
  3. Contact your County Farm Bureau for additional resources such as a web graphic, yard sign, bumper sticker or window cling.
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Call the White House before Thursday at 4 p.m.!

Call the White House comment line at 202-456-1111 and tell President Obama that EPA must “ditch the rule” which would expand the definition of waters of the United States under the Clean Water Act.  

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