WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Agricultural Retailers Association's (ARA) work on policy issues gained national exposure yesterday when an ARA letter to the Committee on Oversight and Reform appeared on PBS NewsHour. The highly-respected, national news program aired a special last night on costly government regulations that threaten jobs and limit business growth. About two minutes into the story, ARA's letter to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform appears on the screen. Click here to watch the video clip.

This past December, Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee asked business leaders and trade organizations to submit comments on the regulatory burdens that harm economic development. ARA's Public Policy Counsel Carmen Haworth drafted and submitted comments on behalf of ag retailers that explained the many environmental, transportation, and chemical security regulations that harm agricultural retailers' bottom line. A few of these regulations include the limitation on the agricultural hours of service exemption, CFATS implementation, and the nutrient TMDL's in the Chesapeake Bay that threaten to take a substantial amount of cropland out of production. ARA's comments are available here.

ARA's letter to the Committee was also recognized in a story published in the Bureau of National Affairs' (BNA) Daily Report for Executives. See the cover page story highlight and article inside here.

The PBS NewsHour and BNA stories show the reach and significance of ARA's policy efforts in Washington on behalf of agricultural retailers. For more information on the issues mentioned in ARA's letter to Chairman Issa, contact a member of ARA's public policy team at (202) 457-0825.

SOURCE: Agriculture Retailers Association