Monday, December 01, 2008

EPA proposes Livestock Tax

According to Wright, the EPA proposal would establish a greenhouse gas "tax" of $87.50 on each head of beef cattle produced and $175 per head on each dairy animal and $20 for each hog.

The proposal is essentially a tax on livestock operations, Wright said.

"Most livestock and dairy farmers would not be able to pass along this tax," Wright said. "The proposal would put producers out of business and would certainly result in much higher consumer costs for beef, milk, pork, and milk products."

Wright said EPA is seeking public comments until Nov. 28. He said ICON is urging its members to oppose the measure by contacting EPA officials. Comment information is available on the ICON Web site at Wright said that according to U.S. Department of Agriculture figures, any farm or ranch with more than 25 dairy cows, 50 beef cattle or 200 hogs emits more than 100 tons of carbon equivalent per year, and thus would need to obtain a permit under the proposed rules.