Farm Bill amendment targets $16M for clean tractors
The Business Journal – The U.S. Senate has passed an amendment to the 2012 Farm Bill that would provide $16 million to help local farmers replace existing tractors with more efficient, less polluting tractors.
Comment by Jim Campbell, Citizen Journalist
Isn’t this special? Congress is trying to get spending under control, yet the ceremonial position holder and seat warmer, Diane Feinstein sees a way to blow the taxpayers money and she wakes from her slumber. It’s possible however she sees the writing on the wall and is doing what she can while she can before she is replaced by Elizabeth Emken on November 6th.
One thing is certain with Dianne Feinstein and her ethical lapses, when shes involved follow the money. At 79 years of age and one of the most wealthy members of congress, enough is enough.
Under the plan, farmers in Fresno County and other areas where pollution is a problem would pay half the cost of replacing their tractors. Overall, the Air Quality Initiative, which must still be approved by the House, helps farmers with air quality projects to meet federal, state and local regulatory requirements.
Besides tractor replacement, the amendment would provide funding for more efficient stationary diesel engines, applying oil to dirt to cut down on dust and better soil management.
“This is great,” said Manuel Cunha Jr., president of the Nisei Farmers League in Fresno. A Senate super committee stripped the funding amendment that first appeared in the Farm Bill back in 2008.
The clean air amendment and its funding plan stems from the EPA’s 1989 Clean Air Act that addresses toxic air pollution in urban and farm environments.
“Sen. Feinstein fought and got it back in,” Cunha said.
Beside Sen. Diane Feinstein, D-Calif., the amendment had the support of Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif, ( The tax and spend twins) and Sen. Jon Kyle, R-Ariz. (retiring)
A coalition led by the California Farm Bureau Federation and the Nisei Farmers League praised the Senate for ensuring that the Air Quality Initiative remains a vital part of the Farm Bill.
“Air quality improvement and the stewardship of natural resources are priorities for farmers,” said Paul Wenger, California Farm Bureau president in a release. “We thank Senators Feinstein, Boxer and Kyl, as well as others who helped the amendment pass.”