Congressmen Rick Crawford (R-AR), Lee Terry (R-NE), and Jim Costa (D-CA) have introduced the “Farmer Identity Protection Act” that would prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from disclosing the private and confidential information of livestock and poultry producers to the public. 

The legislation comes in response to EPA’s 2013 release of agricultural producers’ private information to environmental groups filing Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.  The information included names, addresses,

 

 

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phone numbers, and GPS coordinates of more than 80,000 agricultural producers in 30 states.  A companion bill, S. 1343, was introduced earlier in the Senate by Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Joe Donnelly (D-IN). 

Organizations supporting the legislation include the American Farm Bureau Federation, National Pork Producers Council, National Turkey Federation, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, and National Chicken Council.

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