Two members of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) testified April 6 before the House Agriculture Committee’s Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Subcommittee about the state of the U.S. beef industry.

Anne Burkholder, a cattle feeder from Cozad, Neb., and Jim Strickland, a cow-calf producer from Myakka, Fla., and president of the Florida Cattlemen’s Association, testified during the hearing about the challenges and opportunities for the industry and the impact federal regulations have on their operations.

Burkholder, a native of West Palm Beach, Fla., took over her husband’s family feedyard 14 years ago. She said living on a farm, caring for animals and growing food is something that is very hard to understand looking in from the outside. Burkholder said while she continually improves practices to care for their animals, produce a safe, high-quality beef product for consumers and protect the environment, overreaching government regulations are a growing challenge.

“The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is plowing down a path of burdensome regulations that do not have a science foundation to support its recommendations,” Burkholder said. “The EPA is currently reviewing the standard for coarse particulate matter, commonly known as dust, and one of the recommendations is to double the stringency, which would put entire regions, including my area, in violation of the standard.