Policy Plate: Glickman, Veneman: Renew Conservation Compact
Former Agriculture Secretaries Dan Glickman and Ann Veneman have sent a letter to House and Senate leaders urging them to renew the 25-year conservation compact between taxpayers and farmers, DTN’s Chris Clayton reported (subscription required). They write:
“The conservation compact -- a provision of the 1985 farm bill called conservation compliance -- sparked a decade of unprecedented progress in limiting soil erosion, cleaning up waterways and protecting wetlands. This compact between farmers and taxpayers has been one of America’s greatest conservation success stories…”
“…The conservation compact should bring all income support programs under its umbrella, including eligibility for crop and revenue insurance premium subsidies.”
Last February, the Environmental Working Group released a research paper by conservationist Max Schnepf that showed that the farming community has consistently supported this historic deal in which growers agree to keep soil from washing away and chemicals out of waterways in return for generous taxpayer support.
The Billings Gazette reported that a farm bill proposal introduced by Sens. Max Baucus, D-Mont., Kent Conrad, D-N.D. and John Hoeven, R-N.D., includes a new taxpayer-funded entitlement that guarantees high levels of average farm business income.
Specialty crop growers weigh in on the crop and revenue insurance scheme some farm lobbyists are pushing for on Capitol Hill in the online publication, Fresh Plaza.
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