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Friday, March 2, 2012

At this week’s Senate Agriculture Committee hearing, Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) made his case for protecting the Conservation Title in the next farm bill.

“We need to strive for balance and not diminish the effectiveness of the conservation title. It is imperative that we keep conservation title programs economically viable for producers so that they can continue maintaining their long history of excellent land stewardship.”

The next day, Thune told The Mitchell Daily Republic:

“We need to make sure we create ag policy that provides an adequate safety net, makes ag production sustainable and is not damaging to the environment.”

We at the Environmental Working Group couldn’t agree more, and we hope that other lawmakers will speak up, too. Conservation programs produce tremendous public benefits. By preserving land, protecting soil, cleaning up waterways and creating wildlife habitat, these programs will help ensure that future generations of Americans have good food and a clean environment.

Table Scraps:

DTN’s Chris Clayton reports from the Commodity Classic in Tennessee that farm groups reiterated their support for crop insurance in the next farm bill. The problem is that these lobbyists don’t back linking crop insurance to the 1985 conservation compact, under which farmers agree to carry out good conservation practices in exchange for the taxpayer support they get.

Conservation expert Bruce Knight emphasized the importance of this conservation compact in a commentary in Agri-Pulse:

“A minimal conservation standard – such as swampbuster and sodbuster requirements – should be a given and tied to both basic farm program support and crop insurance support.”

Tweet of the day:

@ObamaFoodorama

POTUS meets farmers, ranchers, anglers, hunters etc @ 5:15 PM ET Livestream of his remarks at DoI Conservation conf: whitehouse.gov/live

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