Farm Bill News

A Rural Rock Star (and Conservation Champion) Retires

When Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) retired at the end of 2014, we lost an astute and dedicated champion for conservation, beginning farmers, livestock competition, organic and value-added agriculture, and renewable energy.
On conservation, without Senator Harkin and his staff’s leadership the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) would not exist today. He sponsored the original legislation and carried it through three farm bills, making improvements along the way. The senator also worked tirelessly to protect it from funding cuts.


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