Anti-agriculture groups in Washington State used an EPA grant to fund their anti-farmer billboards, but the groups didn’t credit the agency’s financial support, which is a requirement for recipients of EPA funds.
Capital Press reports:
A coalition of environmental groups and the Swinomish Indian tribe put up the billboards in Olympia and Bellingham to promote What’s Upstream, a media campaign crafted by a public relations firm to link agriculture with water pollution.
The groups used an EPA grant to fund the billboards, but didn’t credit the agency’s financial support, a standard requirement for recipients of EPA funds.
EPA regional policy adviser Bill Dunbar said Thursday the agency checked the billboards after an inquiry from the Capital Press. “It looks like a violation,” he said.
Perhaps what is most concerning is that the EPA is actively funding the War on the West, but its only real concern seems to be getting credit for it.
Farm groups protest that the campaign smears farmers, ignores current regulations and misuses public funds.
Gerald Baron, director of Save Family Farming in northwest Washington, said he was encouraged that EPA recognized that the billboards need to cite federal funding.
He said, however, EPA should also acknowledge that the billboards and entire What’s Upstream campaign amount to lobbying, which the EPA grants also prohibit.
“I continue to be amazed that they say What’s Upstream is not politically motivated, is not a political attack,” Baron said. “Our primary concern is still that it’s giving an entirely false impression of farmers and regulations.”
The feds are getting increasingly brash in their efforts to destroy the lives and livelihoods of the ranchers, cowboys, and farmers throughout the West. For how much longer are we going to let them get away with it?
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