Farm Bill News

Actively Engaged - The President Must Act

President Obama declared in January that despite Congressional logjams, “America does not stand still – and neither will I. So wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for American families, that’s what I’m going to do.”

Farm Policy and Conservation Focus of Iowa Trip

I’m writing this after having just returned home from Iowa. While we were there, my colleague John Crabtree and I met with farmer Craig Lang and later with The Des Moines Register’s Randy Evans.

The farmers I work with through my role at the Center for Rural Affairs inspire me. Craig gave us a tour of their farm and the conservation practices they are using to build healthy soil, prevent erosion, and protect water quality.

Investing in Conservation Protects our Land and Water

The Conservation Stewardship Program rewards farmers and ranchers who protect our soil, water, and wildlife, providing benefits that extend beyond their farm or ranch gate.

The House Appropriations Committee will be voting on the Fiscal Year 2015 Appropriations bill this week that proposes cutting more than 1 million acres from the Conservation Stewardship Program, a reduction of $109 million in funding.

At a time when more farmers and ranchers need tools and resources to help them protect our land and water, we should be investing more in conservation, not less.

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