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Conservation Compliance Gains Support From Republicans

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) is the latest GOP senator to urge to the House-Senate conference committee to re-link the federal crop insurance program to conservation compliance in the final farm bill.

Thune sent a letter along with Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Reps. Mike Thompson (D-Calif.) and Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.) to conference committee leaders on Friday (Nov. 15) saying:

A broad coalition of production agriculture, hunting and other conservation groups, including many in the crop insurance industry, continues to endorse the reinstatement of crop insurance premium eligibility to conservation compliance. Tying these programs together is good, common-sense policy and will benefit our economy and our land.

Read more about conservation compliance and growing support for the measure here.

Table Scraps:

Politico and The Hill report on the challenges the House-Senate farm bill conference committee is facing in finalizing a final bill.

Tweet of the Day: @sustainableag Good to see bipartisan agreement to link soil, wetland protection to crop insurance - aka conservation compliance - 

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