NACD Shares Farm Bill Priorities with Conferees

National Association of Conservation Districts President Earl Garber says the nation's farmers and landowners deserve to have long-term certainty to effectively and efficiently manage their land, resources and businesses for the years ahead. In a letter to the Farm Bill Conferees that outlines NACD's priorities - Garber called locally-led conservation critical for America's long-term environmental and economic stability. According to Garber - farm bill conservation programs not only play a key role in supporting clean air, clean water and productive soils - they help producers avoid unnecessary regulation and promote the nation's long-term economic and food security. NACD would like to see passage of a five-year farm bill that includes Senate language on Technical Assistance - which gives decision-making authority to the Secretary of USDA for effective implementation of conservation program and the Senate budget for Title II. Garber says these cuts are fair and justifiable - but argues cuts beyond the Senate version would hurt the viability of the programs in the Title. NACD also supports tying conservation compliance to crop insurance - while opposing AGI limitations or premium assistance reductions to crop insurance; the Senate's national sodsaver provision to address crop insurance disparities and preserve habitats for game species on native sod and on grasslands that producers cannot certify have ever been cropped; and the Forestry Title pilot program taken from the National Forest Emergency Response Act. It gives the Secretary of Agriculture authority to assign relief to National Forests decimated by insect infestation, drought, disease and storm damage.

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