A recent claim from R-CALF USA that the Environmental Protection Agency has declared hay a pollutant is, let’s say … exaggerated.

In a Sept. 1 news release, R-CALF USA says the Environmental Protection Agency has, in effect, declared hay a pollutant, potentially requiring farmers and ranchers to store it in pollution-containment zones.

The issue stems from a compliance order from EPA’s Region 7 charging Callicrate Feeding Company with environmental violations. The Region 7 office outlined the alleged violations in an August 22 news release.

Drovers/CattleNetwork contacted representatives of EPA’s Region 7 for clarification, and acquired a copy of the Order for Compliance.