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The current League agriculture position continues to address important areas of concern in agriculture, and provides ample opportunity for robust advocacy in areas of sustainable farming, environmental protection, a recommended shift from farm subsidies to market-driven pricing, and appropriate investment in research. Other League positions and principles provide additional support for advocacy in these areas. We list these here so that Leagues will not waste time on related issues that are already in LWVUS positions or are outside of the scope of this study.
. . . The League believes that although environmental protection and pollution control are responsibilities shared by all levels of government, it is essential that the federal government provide leadership and technical and financial assistance.
The federal government should have the major role in setting standards for environmental protection and pollution control. Other levels of government should have the right to set more stringent standards. Enforcement should be carried out at the lower levels of government, but the federal government should enforce standards if other levels of government do not meet this responsibility. Standards must be enforced in a timely, consistent and equitable manner for all violators in all parts of society, including governmental units, industry, business and individuals…. (Impact on Issues 2012-2014, p 50.)
While agricultural coalitions have pushed for exemptions from standards articulated in the Clean Water Act and the Clean Air Act, the League position states clearly that standards should be applied across all parts of society, with the federal government ensuring enforcement if states do not fulfill this responsibility.