Farm-state congressmen and their tractor-driving constituents contend federal bureaucrats are on the verge of saddling them with a new, costly and harebrained government regulation.

They deridingly call it the “farm dust” rule.

Indeed, farm country is abuzz over what some see as the Environmental Protection Agency’s latest assault on farmers and common sense.

“It’s just another way to impede agricultural progress and increase the price of food,” said George Pretz, a Miami County cattlemanAs a result, a stampede has developed in Congress — with many in the Missouri and Kansas delegations joining in — to prohibit the EPA from further regulating farm dust.