The version of the Farm Bill passed today by the U.S. Senate is drawing praise from conservation groups.
In a news release, Steve Kline, director of the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership’s Center for Agricultural and Private Lands, commended Sens. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., and Pat Roberts, R-Kan., along with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., for their efforts in advancing the legislation.
“The Senate Farm Bill invokes sportsmen’s values, helps sustain fish and wildlife habitat and makes the conservation title more user friendly and more efficient,” Kline said in a statement.
The TRCP in a news release cited an amendment that re-links conservation compliance and crop insurance, which passed by a narrow 52-47 vote and aims to protect environmentally sensitive land.
Attention now will focus on the House version of the Farm Bill, which awaits action in Congress.
“Waiting only increases budget pressures, while rural landscapes continue to be diminished and fish and wildlife populations and the economies they support suffer,” Jennifer Mock Schaeffer, Farm Bill coordinator for the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, said in a statement. “The Farm Bill has helped conserve and enhance millions of acres of fish and game habitat, and we urge the House to follow the Senate’s lead and finalize its version of the bill without delay.”