Pheasants Forever this week issued an “action alert” calling on its members to contact their members of Congress to get a new federal Farm Bill passed.
The existing Farm Bill is set to expire at the end of September, and a new Farm Bill is stalled in the House of Representatives after passing both the Senate and the House Agriculture Committee with bipartisan support. The Farm Bill, according to Pheasants Forever, is the “backbone of private lands conservation.”
“Unfortunately, the bill has stalled in the House of Representatives,” Dave Nomsen, vice president of government affairs for Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever, said in a letter to members. “In limbo are programs that greatly benefit wildlife, including an entire suite of Natural Resources Conservation Service programs (long-term easement programs like the Wetlands Reserve Program) and working lands programs such as the Environmental Quality Incentives Program and Conservation Stewardship Programs. The Farm Service Agency’s Conservation Reserve Program and voluntary access programs for sportsmen — that provide abundant wildlife and hunting access to those lands — also hang in the balance. This summer’s disastrous drought has only magnified the need to maintain the Farm Bill’s strong conservation title.”
With Congress set to reconvene in September, Pheasants Forever is asking its supporters to contact their U.S. House representative. Talking points include:
- Conservation programs such as CRP and WRP that create habitat for wildlife.
- Voluntary access programs important to your annual hunting trips with family and friends.
- Working lands conservation programs that support your farm, ranch and/or community.
- Conservation programs which support jobs in rural America.
“Encourage your Representatives in Congress to pass a Farm Bill NOW, with strong conservation provisions included,” Nomsen writes.