ICYMI: Sen. Marshall on RFDTV: We’re Fighting to Protect Rural America

(Washington, D.C.) – U.S. Senator Roger Marshall, M.D. appeared on RFDTV’s Market Day Report to discuss his bipartisan measure to strike the Biden Administration’s listing of the lesser prairie chicken as part of the Endangered Species Act. In a major win for Kansas’ farmers, ranchers, and energy producers, the U.S. Senate passed Senator Marshall’s measure by a vote of 50-48 last night.

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Highlights from the interview include:

On the negative impacts of Biden Administration’s lesser prairie chicken listing under Endangered Species Act:

“Your listeners understand when a species is listed, it makes it harder to farm and ranch. It makes it harder for the oil and gas industry. It makes it harder to get all that wind energy out of Kansas as well. So we’re trying to slow them down. I’m very proud that we’re able to win a small victory here last night.”

“… we’ll put this in the hands of Joe Biden once again, and we’ll see what he does with it. But I hope that he understands that his policies, how much of an impact and negative impact they’ve had on rural America. The people I talk to back home feel like his energy policies negatively impact rural America, we feel like his agriculture policies are driving up the cost of fertilizers, driving up the cost of doing business, as well.”

On voluntary conservation efforts to protect the lesser prairie chicken:

“I’m so proud of my farmers and ranchers. Thanks to their conservation practices, the overall trend of the prairie chicken population is increasing.” 

“Let’s encourage more farmers and ranchers to do the right thing by volunteering to use new grazing practices. And then let’s use a Farm Bill to figure out a way to reward them.”

On the 2023 Farm Bill and his recent visit to Kansas with Senate Agriculture Committee Ranking Member John Boozman:

“Very proud to be out in Kansas with Ranking Member John Bozeman just last Friday. I spoke with Ag retailers in Kansas City, to some folks focused on conservation practices, as well as farmers and ranchers.”

“Certainly the number one issue in Kansas remains the weather, remains the rain. We’ve had to unfortunately plow under a lot of the wheat crop in the western third of the state. Of course, they’re going to talk about crop insurance and the challenges with it. But even more than that, I think they’re concerned about labor issues and inflation, how inflation is impacting them, the price of fertilizer and, like your previous speaker just talked about, inflation is impacting interest rates as well.”