NACD Urges Congress to Include Farm Bill in Fiscal Cliff Deal
National Association of Conservation Districts President Gene Schmidt is urging House and Senate leadership to include the 2012 Farm Bill in a fiscal cliff deal. Schmidt notes the farm bill cuts costs while increasing efficiencies and best management tools to care for our natural resources. He says any deficit reduction deal should take a clear look at the 2012 Farm Bill as a responsible approach to managing our budget and our natural resources. Schmidt points to the substantial savings in the bill passed by the full Senate and the measure approved by the House Ag Committee as real dollars that could be used to offset the looming automatic budget cuts. The heavy lifting is already done on a strong framework for a five-year farm bill - according to Schmidt - and the differences between the Senate and House versions could be easily resolved. He says it makes more sense to work with what we have - than to be forced to start the process over again next year. The absence of a long-term farm bill - he says - will have serious consequences on everything from food security to the economy and the conservation of the land, air and water we rely on every day.
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