Proposed Farm Bill Increases Conservation Funding, Falls Short on Key Climate, Wildlife Priorities

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Farm, Food and National Security Act, introduced by House Agriculture Committee Chairman Glenn Thompson (R-Penn.), proposes historic and enduring investments in conservation by protecting Inflation Reduction Act agriculture conservation funding but fails to include the climate guardrails associated with that funding and falls short on other key conservation provisions.
“We thank Chairman Thompson for leading a historic increase in agriculture conservation funding by moving the Inflation Reduction Act conservation funding into the bill — underscoring our common ground as stewards of our nation’s natural resources. The bill also includes some important improvements in conservation and forestry programs. However, as written, this bill requires a few key changes to better address the challenges faced by wildlife in our rapidly changing world,” said Collin O’Mara, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation. “The Committee should amend the bill to ensure the climate-smart agricultural practices; eliminate harmful changes to the Conservation Reserve Program; remove poison pill provisions related to pesticides and biomass; and ensure that nutrition programs receive adequate long-term funding.
“It’s critical that Congress works in bipartisan fashion to pass a Farm Bill this year that will safeguard our nation’s lands, waters, and wildlife for the next generation.”


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