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Buckeye Farm News
Ohio Sens. Timothy Grendell, R-Chesterland, and Bob Gibbs, R-Lakeville, are leading a state-based push to prevent farmers from facing a potential federal tax on greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) from livestock.
Known as the “cow tax,” a proposal by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would require operations emitting more than 100 tons of GHGs per year to purchase permits to do so. This could potentially include natural emissions from livestock.
The senators have introduced Senate Concurrent Resolution 8 into the General Assembly, urging EPA not to implement federal regulation overseeing GHGs from livestock. The resolution also urges Congress to pass federal legislation introduced in March to prevent the government from imposing such a tax on the nation’s farmers and ranchers.
“This recent action by EPA is yet another step down a slippery slope that could result in an unnecessary and burdensome tax on livestock operations in Ohio,” Grendell said in his testimony for the resolution. “Not only would livestock operators face higher operating costs, but food costs would be increased unnecessarily– directly affecting every American’s kitchen table and wallet. The very idea of imposing a cow and pig tax on our farmers and adding one more crushing burden is absurd.”
Ohio Farm Bureau joined the senators in support of the resolution.