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Illinois and other farmers from around the country submitted thousands of comments to the Environmental Protection Agency last month as a result of a promise by its administrator, Scott Pruitt, to review the validity of federal E-P-A regulations. Don Parrish with the American Farm Bureau Federation says the effort could not only benefit farmers, but other sectors of the economy as well.

The Illinois Farm Bureau rallied its members to submit suggestions to the federal E-P-A. The A-F-B-F's Parish also expects progress on legislation to reform the way the federal government creates rules and regulations in the first place.

Critics of the process say some federal agencies go beyond the original intent of laws passed by Congress.

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