Bipartisan Support for Conservation Compliance
During the first meeting of farm bill conferees last week, seven U.S. senators, including three former Agriculture Committee chairs, called for conservation compliance, a measure that would require those receiving federal crop insurance support to implement basic conservation practices.
See what Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) had to say below.
“As we make this shift to risk management policies, it is very important that farmers and ranchers continue to do the things that make them the best stewards of our land and water resources. By reconnecting conservation compliance to our now-strengthened crop insurance program, we protect the future of agriculture.”
“I would like to express my support for the measure in the Senate bill that ties conservation compliance to crop insurance. My amendment last year on the floor relinked the two, and then many leading agricultural, conservation, and crop-insurance groups came together to forge a compromise on details of this linkage. This compromise will provide a strong safety net for our nation’s farmers and natural resources, while allowing them to be wise stewards of taxpayer resources.”
Find out what the five other Senators- Pat Leahy (D-Vt.), Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.)- had to say on AgMag.
Listen to Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.), Ranking Member on the House Agriculture Committee, talk about conservation compliance on Agri-Talk Radio (minute 34), saying, “At the end of the day we’re going to have conservation compliance.”
National Journal writes on the progress farm bill conferees are making and the work that still lies ahead.
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