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“A strong agriculture sector always has been, and always will be a necessary component of America's economy.”

Washington, D.C. – Today, on National Agriculture Day, U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-ID) highlighted five bills he’s working on in the U.S. Senate that will bolster Idaho’s agriculture industries.

Senator Risch said: “Idaho's agricultural industries play an important role in providing an abundant and affordable food supply to the U.S. and the rest of the world.  As a rancher, I know firsthand the challenges of those who work the land.  Congress should enact responsible legislation that protects this crucial industry and allows it to grow.  A strong agriculture sector always has been, and always will be a necessary component of America's economy.”

More about the bills Senator Risch is advancing:

SEPA Act: The Sensible Environmental Protection Act would eliminate a costly and redundant U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulation affecting pesticide users. S. 340, the Sensible Environmental Protection Act (SEPA), seeks to clarify congressional intent concerning the federal regulation of pesticides and codify longstanding interpretation of regulatory statutes after a 2009 court ruling imposed an additional layer of needless red tape on pesticide applicators.

DAIRY PRIDE Act: The Defending Against Imitations and Replacements of Yogurt, milk, and cheese to Promote Regular Intake of Dairy Everyday Act (DAIRY PRIDE Act) would require non-dairy products made from nuts, seeds, plants, and algae to no longer be mislabeled with dairy terms such as milk, yogurt or cheese.

The PLUS Act: The Prevent Labor Union Slowdowns Act would change the National Labor Relations Act, defining a labor slowdown by maritime workers as an unfair labor practice; would prevent massive financial damage to the food and other industries.

Water Supply Permitting Coordination Act: This bill would expedite the permitting process of new water storage projects for irrigation agriculture.

Death Tax Repeal Act: This bill would permanently repeal the federal estate tax, better known as the death tax, to finally put an end to a punitive tax on family farms, ranches, and businesses upon the death of an owner.