Regulations from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency could be the No. 1 concern of the American Farm Bureau Federation in 2012.

That is, if there isn’t a one-year reprieve.

“I suspect we’re going to get a little bit of a one-year reprieve on the regs being so awful,” Mary Kay Thatcher, senior director of congressional relations for AFBF, told AgriTalk radio on Friday.

With President Obama hearing negative comments about the regulations, EPA may back off between now and the November election, she said. Once the election takes place and if Obama is re-elected, “we can expect the next four years — when he’s not up for re-election — to be very, very difficult,” she added.

Politics have been infused into the situation and there is a “tumultuous relationship between agriculture and the EPA right now,” she said