Protecting farmers' personal information

Published online: Jun 07, 2013
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Earlier this year the Environmental Protection Agency released personal information of over 80,000 livestock and poultry producers across the nation. 

Indiana Sen. Joe Donnelly and Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley offered an amendment to the Farm Bill this week that would prohibit that from happening again.

"The bill will limit EPA to disclosing information about farming operations only when all personally identifiable information is removed," Donnelly says. "That would protect the information of producers and their families.

"I want to make sure our farmers aren't targeted by folks, and aren't harassed by folks," he says. "I want them to have the opportunity to have tremendous success with their farms and raise their families there and not have to have in the back of their head who has information about them and why."

Donnelly says they hope to have a vote on the amendment within the next couple of days.