Chevron decision could help rein in regulatory overreach

The chief counsel for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association says producers should have less regulatory overreach in the future.

Mary-Thomas Hart tells Brownfield the end of Chevron deference will have long-term impacts for the ag industry. “We’re going to see kind of a rebalancing of the separation of powers,” she says.  “Hopefully back to what the founding fathers intended.”

The USDA has been updating its Packers and Stockyards Act, and Hart says it could get interesting without Chevron. “Obviously we’ll submit comments,” she says.  “But I think that USDA is going to have to do a lot of work to make sure that that final rule in whatever form it takes is well bolstered before they go final with it.  Because it will be subject to to a higher standard if it’s challenged in federal court.”

AUDIO: Mary-Thomas Hart, NCBA

NCBA president Mark Eisele says this is good news for producers. “Producers actually will get out from under this giant regulatory burden,” he says. “Just about anybody that has a policy making division or affects those rules and regulations, they will have to step back and rewrite their books.”

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