Today, The Nature Conservancy joined hundreds of other representatives from agricultural and conservation organizations across the nation in a rally at the United States Capitol to support reauthorization of the Farm Bill. The Conservancy issued the following statement at the rally from Bob Bendick, Director of U.S. Government Relations:
“We are proud to participate in today’s rally encouraging Congress to pass a Farm Bill now. The conservation provisions of the Farm Bill are critical to this country’s future, and we believe that the outstanding issues in the way of its passage can and should be resolved now.
“Our particular interest is in the Conservation Title of the bill, which provides support to help farmers, ranchers and forest land owners care for the soil and water resources on which all successful agriculture depends. The Conservation Title also protects and restores critical habitat for the nation’s fish and wildlife.
“The Farm Bill has already passed the full Senate and the House Agriculture Committee, with a strong bipartisan majority in both cases. While the bill is not perfect, and its conservation provisions could benefit from a few measured amendments, the House and Senate Agriculture Committees will be able to work together to resolve outstanding issues –but only if the bill can receive a vote in the House."
The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at www.nature.org.