Conservation groups laud Farm Bill compromise

I wasn’t able to listen in on it because of previous commitments, but several conservation groups held a teleconference this afternoon to talk about the Farm Bill agreed upon last night by a joint Senate-House Conference Committee.

The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote on the bill tomorrow.

The conference committee’s version of the Farm Bill is receiving favorable reviews among conservation groups such as Ducks Unlimited and Pheasants Forever.

According to the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, the House bill includes key sportsmen’s priorities including the linkage of conservation compliance with the federal crop insurance program and a “Sodsaver” provision aimed at conserving intact prairie ecosystems.

“The 2014 Farm Bill is arguably one of the best agriculture conservation bills for sportsmen and ducks that we’ve seen in a long time,” Dale Hall, Ducks Unlimited CEO, said in a statement. “Our nation is currently experiencing a rate of wetland and native prairie loss not seen since the Dust Bowl. The proactive conservation programs included in the 2014 Farm Bill will help deter wetland drainage and incentivize the conservation of these valuable lands while keeping working farmers and ranchers on their land.”

While the bill’s passage is not guaranteed, a positive House vote should result in the Senate considering the measure in short order, thereby clearing the way for the president’s signature.

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