Sen. Mike Johanns, R-Neb., this week introduced an amendment to the farm bill banning the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) use of aerial surveillance after the agency failed to provide comprehensive answers about the program’s use nationwide.

“This is a trust issue, and farmers and ranchers don’t trust EPA doing low-level surveillance flights over their operations,” Johanns said. “EPA’s surveillance program only adds to the deficit of trust this closed-door agency has earned of late. It’s past time for Congress to put an end to EPA's use of aerial surveillance.”

Johanns’ amendment specifically prohibits EPA from conducting aerial surveillance to inspect or to record images of agricultural operations. The amendment does not affect the use of traditional on-site inspections.

Read the amendment text here.