EPA & Producer Information

P. Scott Shearer, Vice President

March 17, 2014

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EPA & Producer Information

Congressmen Rick Crawford (R-AR), Lee Terry (R-NE), and Jim Costa (D-CA) have introduced the “Farmer Identity Protection Act” that would prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from disclosing the private and confidential information of livestock and poultry producers to the public. 

The legislation comes in response to EPA’s 2013 release of agricultural producers’ private information to environmental groups filing Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.  The information included names, addresses,



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phone numbers, and GPS coordinates of more than 80,000 agricultural producers in 30 states.  A companion bill, S. 1343, was introduced earlier in the Senate by Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Joe Donnelly (D-IN). 

Organizations supporting the legislation include the American Farm Bureau Federation, National Pork Producers Council, National Turkey Federation, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, and National Chicken Council.

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About the Author(s)

P. Scott Shearer

Vice President, Bockorny Group, Inc.

Scott Shearer is vice president of the Bockorny Group Inc., a leading bipartisan government affairs consulting firm in Washington, D.C. With more than 30 years experience in government and corporate relations in state and national arenas, he is recognized as a leader in agricultural trade issues, having served as co-chairman of the Agricultural Coalition for U.S.-China Trade and co-chairman of the Agricultural Coalition for Trade Promotion Authority. Scott was instrumental in the passage of China Permanent Normal Trade Relations and TPA. He is past chairman of the USDA-USTR Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee for Trade in Animals and Animal Products and was a member of the USAID Food Security Advisory Committee. Prior to joining the Bockorny Group, Scott served as director of national relations for Farmland Industries Inc., as well as USDA’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for Congressional Affairs (1993-96), serving as liaison for the Secretary of Agriculture and the USDA to Congress.

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