Reacting to the Senate Agriculture Committee’s passage of the U.S. Farm Bill today, The Nature Conservancy issued the following statement from Bob Bendick, the Conservancy’s Director of U.S. Government Relations:
"The Senate Agriculture Committee proved today that there is strong and bipartisan support for a Farm Bill that contains the kind of solid conservation programs America needs in order to meet our increasing demand for food, feed, fiber and fuel. This Farm Bill will help provide essential long-term benefits to the American people and the American farm and forest communities for natural resources conservation, food security and economic stability.
"This Committee did outstanding work crafting a Conservation Title that keeps intact–and in some cases improves upon—programs that play an essential role in conserving America’s soil, water and wildlife habitat. The legislation they drafted recognizes the critical role that America’s farmers, ranchers and foresters play as stewards of our country’s natural resources and continues the productive partnerships between the Department of Agriculture and private landowners to accomplish that stewardship.
"The bill that passed today shows robust support for conservation in three key priority areas: the successful and sought-after easement programs, effective working lands programs and partnership programs that leverage cooperative efforts to accomplish conservation in larger landscapes. In addition, the inclusion of the Sodsaver program today will help slow the loss of native grassland and prairie to cropland conversion.
"We are deeply grateful to Chairwoman Stabenow, Ranking Member Roberts and their staffs for their determination and commitment to producing a bipartisan bill that contains input from many stakeholders, even during highly challenging budgetary times. These leaders have our sincerest appreciation for their hard work. We now ask Senate leaders to ensure that the Farm Bill receives prompt floor action so that their efforts are not lost."
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