Group Fights for Farmers’ Privacy

The Farm Bureau Federation, one of the largest farm advocacy groups in the country, is suing to protect the personal information of thousands of farmers from across the country.
The lawsuit in question relates to information collected by the Environmental Protection Agency. In the course of their regulatory actions, the EPA collects information about farmers and ranchers, including the names, phone numbers, addresses, and GPS locations of thousands of farmers in violation of a number of environmental protection laws.
Environmental groups, using the Freedom of Information Act, have attempted to gain access to this information, a move that worries many farm advocacy groups who see such actions as a massive invasion of farmers’ privacy. The Farm Bureau is suing to block the release of this personal information.
“We are sticking up for the tens of thousands of farmers and ranchers whose personal information would end up in the public domain,” said AFBF President Bob Stallman. “This lawsuit is about the government’s unjustified intrusion into citizens’ private lives.”
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Written by: Justin Ellison / Farm Plus Staff Writer