Oklahoma Farm Report masthead graphic with wheat on the left and cattle on the right.
Howdy Neighbors!
Ron Hays, Director of Farm and Ranch Programming, Radio Oklahoma Ag Network  |  2401 Exchange Ave, Suite F, Oklahoma City, Ok 73108  |  (405) 601-9211

advertisements
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

Agricultural News


Izaak Walton League Claims House Farm Bill Fails US Taxpayers and America's Natural Resources

Wed, 16 May 2018 14:17:23 CDT

Izaak Walton League Claims House Farm Bill Fails US Taxpayers and America's Natural Resources The Izaak Walton League of America, which has been engaged on national agriculture policy since the 1930s, today announced its opposition to the House Farm Bill (HR 2) as the U.S. House of Representatives begins its debate. The League issued the following statement:


The Farm Bill under consideration in the U.S. House of Representatives this week is a mixed bag for water quality, healthy soils, and wildlife. On balance, the bill falls short in meeting the needs of Americaís farmers, rural communities, natural resources, and taxpayers.


Rather than fully fund the Conservation Title, the bill would cut much-needed farm conservation programs by nearly $1 billion over 10 years. Conservation programs are a small portion of the Farm Bill budget, but they are our nationís largest source of funding for conservation on private lands.


The bill has some good provisions, including increased funding for conservation easements that protect wetlands and native prairie. But the bill would pay for this funding increase by eliminating the Conservation Stewardship Program - the one Farm Bill program focused on delivering whole-farm, proactive conservation practices.


The bill would increase the acreage cap for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) but fund it by eliminating CRP incentive payments that are crucial to farmers enrolling land in buffer strips, filter strips, and wetland conservation practices that are critical to restoring water quality. These changes would make the program much less useful in addressing our nationís water quality problems.   


The bill fails to address Izaak Walton League priorities such as incentives to innovative producers to build soil health, which would reduce taxpayer-funded crop insurance payouts by decreasing the risk of crop losses. The bill also includes provisions that have no place in the Farm Bill, including provisions to weaken clean water protections, the Endangered Species Act, and public input into National Forest management decisions.


The House Farm Bill falls short of what America needs. The House of Representatives should reject this Farm Bill and pass one that fully funds conservation and better protects Americaís soil, woods, waters, and wildlife.


Source - Izaak Walton League of America




   

 

WebReadyTM Powered by WireReady® NSI

 


Top Agricultural News

  • Kim Anderson Says Grain Markets are Slow, But Thinks They May Have Found a Bottom, on SUNUP  Thu, 20 Sep 2018 16:57:32 CDT
  • Thursday Market Wrap-Up with Justin Lewis  Thu, 20 Sep 2018 15:08:40 CDT
  • Oklahoma Grain Elevator Cash Bids as of 2:00 p.m. Thursday, September 20, 2018  Thu, 20 Sep 2018 14:57:55 CDT
  • Thursday Afternoon Market Wrap-Up with Carson Horn  Thu, 20 Sep 2018 14:12:47 CDT
  • Drought in Oklahoma Back on the Rise, But Heavy Rains Soon to Arrive Could Turn Things Around  Thu, 20 Sep 2018 12:14:26 CDT
  • EPA Updates the Renewable Fuel Standard Website to Increase Program's Level of Transparency   Thu, 20 Sep 2018 11:47:10 CDT
  • Biodiesel and Soy Producers Ask President Trump to Support Policies to Expand Biodiesel Production  Thu, 20 Sep 2018 11:41:51 CDT
  • Stakeholders Invited to Take Part in Rural Economic Outlook Conference Set for October 17 at OSU  Thu, 20 Sep 2018 11:30:18 CDT

  • More Headlines...

       

    Ron salutes our daily email sponsors!

    Livestock Exchange Oklahoma Ag Credit Oklahoma Farm Bureau National Livestock Credit P&K Equipment Tulsa Farm Show Stillwater Milling KIS FUTURES, INC. Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association

    Search OklahomaFarmReport.com

    Find more about Weather in Oklahoma City, OK

       
       
    © 2008-2018 Oklahoma Farm Report
    Email Ron   |   Newsletter Signup   |    Current Spots   |    Program Links

    WebReady powered by WireReady® Inc.