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Derry Brownfield
December 31, 2002

My friend Wanda wrote a letter to the editor concerning "private property issues in rural areas." It is an excellent summary of recent developments in the war to protect our land and our way of life in rural America. In this article I will share parts of her letter addressing concerns of which the public should be made aware. 

Wanda writes:

Since his election, President Bush has been taking steps to reverse the land-grab policies of the Clinton-Gore administration. This is a difficult process, as the Clinton people have infiltrated every area of government, especially the regulatory agencies. Congress is cooperating and has submitted legislation of its own to attempt to reverse this radical environmentalism, but the Senate has been our obstacle. It recently ratified six new international treaties, one calling for "biosphere reserves" to be established all over the United States. This is an integral part of the Wildlands Project, which will rewild 50-75% of the country, if we allow it to proceed. Waiting for the new session is a bill entitled "The National Forest Ecosystem Protection Act" which is to implement the Wildlands Project: cores, buffer zones, wild animal corridors and all.

These regulated, often people-less areas must be in place in order to establish Sustainable Communities, or their newest name SMART GROWTH. Some are calling them "urban growth boundaries," and I am sure a new name for this socialist utopia will surface when we begin to expose their agenda.

According to environmentalists who are mobilizing to do battle, President Bush has them up in arms because he plans to relax some of the ridiculous standards of Gore's Clean Water Action Plan, specifically the Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs), which would put cattlemen and other resource producers out of business. If followed to the exact wording, those laws would also shut down rural counties and destroy their economies and tax base. He also plans to change scheduled river designations from "drinkable" water requirements to "swimmable" water requirements - a much more realistic approach. And most importantly, change the so-called "navigable" waters of the United States to include only the larger streams and rivers, leaving the management of the small streams to the states. At the present time, the Army Corps of Engineers has jurisdiction over even the tiniest of streams, severely limiting agricultural practices and other endeavors on private property. To add to all of this, proof of fraud and planted evidence has been discovered in the regulatory agencies, putting the Endangered species Act and the Clean Water Act up for question as to their necessity and validity. In other words, they have been deceiving congress and the public by fining us, taking our lands, destroying rural economies, bullying landowners, frightening the public and receiving billions of dollars over non-existent claims.

Now the promoters plan to regulate and control rural America through regional planning, zoning and Smart Growth, creating growth boundaries which place our forests, streams and farms in preservation areas, off limits to human habitation for infinity... eternity...FOREVER. A big move is in the works to obtain our development rights through acquisition (grants) or condemnation. $99,000,000 alone is coming to rural areas from the farm bill (more grants) to establish regional planning boards throughout rural areas. Our brilliant federal senate is on the verge of approving SB-975, which establishes Smart Growth guidelines as a national priority, to be signed into law by individual states.

The war isn't over. These are just a few of the battles we must fight if we are to maintain our right to own and control our land.

2002 Derry Brownfield, All Rights Reserved

Derry Brownfield was born in 1932 and grew up during the depression. He is a farmer and a broadcaster. Derry attended the College of Agriculture at the University of Missouri where he received his B.S. and M.S. degrees. He taught Vocational Agriculture several years before going to work as a Marketing Specialist with the Missouri Department of Agriculture. Derry served as Director of the Kansas City Livestock Market Foundation at the Kansas City Stockyard prior to establishing himself in farm broadcasting.

Derry started farming when he was 16 years old and received the Future Farmers of America State Farmer degree in 1949. Since that time the Brownfield Farm has grown to over 1000 acres maintaining a herd of 200 registered Charolias cows.

In 1972, Derry and his partner established the Brownfield Network which now serves 250 radio stations throughout the Midwest with news and market information.In 1994, Derry started his own syndicated radio talk show and he is one of the most popular radio talk show hosts in America. The Derry Brownfield Show can be heard on approximately 80 radio stations in 23 states. With his entertaining sense of humor and witty commentary he has captured audiences for over 30 years. His ability to present an informative talk show while being light and colorful is why he has a large loyal listening audience.

Derry Brownfield is a practical farmer, a practical business man and a very entertaining speaker. He travels extensively throughout the country speaking about his common-sense point of view. Web Site: