Five Buckles


Scott Ressler
Environmental Services Director


Stay focused until the job gets done. That’s often something easily said, but tough to do. If you have ever used WD-40 on your ranch, and I’m guessing most of you have, you may have wondered just what WD-40 stands for. It plainly stands for Water Displacement 40th Attempt. WD-40’s inventors’ persistence paid off after 39 failed attempts. Finally, in 1953, the product that we all know today was finalized. I suspect today WD-40 is used on almost every ranch and is certainly one of the most recognizable household brand names out there.
Like WD-40, the NDSA is a recognizable “brand” among the beef cattle industry. Since 1929, the NDSA has been focused on work to unite, protect, promote, educate and serve the North Dakota beef industry.
The NDSA is monitoring many environmental issues that could affect cattlemen and cattlewomen. You can be sure that the organization will remain focused on bringing these issues to a resolution, making sure that this job gets done.
Here is a list of regulations and the path of action for each:
Waters of the United States Rule, or “WOTUS” The NDSA will work in cooperation with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and North Dakota Department of Health during the future redrafting and comment phase to ensure that a new rule brings clarity to “WOTUS” without placing an undue burden on farmers and ranchers.
Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure Rule, or “SPPC” The NDSA is urging the EPA to conduct a new study using appropriate parameters to determine reasonable gallon thresholds for on-farm fuel storage.
Clean Water Act – 402 CAFO Permit The NDSA works with EPA to clarify ambiguous areas of the Confined Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) permit requirements including the regulation of winter feeding areas.
Clean Water Act – 404 Dredge or Fill Permit The NDSA is pushing to close a regulatory loophole that removes the exemption from permitting requirements when farmers and ranchers are utilizing normal farming practices.
When NDSA President Warren Zenker was in fifth grade, the teacher called him into her office and said, “I think you and Timmy were cheating on your social studies test.” Warren replied, “Why do you think that?” The teacher explained, “The first question was, ‘Who was the first president?’ and both answered Washington. The second question, was, ‘What year was the War of 1812?’ and both answered 1812. But, the third question was, ‘Where was the Civil War fought?’ Timmy answered, ‘I don’t know,’ and you answered, ‘Me neither!’”
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