Farmers around Kearney have been blessed with many timely rains this summer, so dusty fields and roads ought to be the least of their worries. Under normal circumstances that would be the case. Dust is a constant companion in rural America, so we take it for granted.

However, in this era of overreaching federal regulations, an uneasiness is settling over the countryside, and it filters back to dust.

Farmers and ranchers are worried the federal Environmental Protection Agency might enact dust-control regulations, and that, either by intent or by mistake, the EPA could target farm dust along with other more threatening forms of dust.