For Immediate Release
New Conservation Coalition Recommendations Would Ensure Farm Bill Protects Wildlife
WASHINGTON – Today the Conservation Coalition, a group of conservation and sustainable agriculture organizations, released recommendations for the 2018 Farm Bill that will ensure that authorized programs support the long-term conservation of wildlife, lands and waters across the country.
Mark Salvo, vice president of landscape conservation for Defenders of Wildlife, said:
“Private lands are key to wildlife conservation. Our recommendations build on lessons learned and advances made in the last Farm Bill, ensuring that wildlife, landowners and taxpayers all benefit from conservation programs.
“A thoughtfully crafted Farm Bill can provide for both sustainable agriculture and healthy habitat for migratory birds, pollinators like monarch butterflies and the incredible diversity of fish, mussels, salamanders and other species that depend on waterways across the nation. We look forward to working with the Conservation Coalition, stakeholders and decisionmakers to incorporate these recommendations into Farm Bill legislation.
- The Farm Bill authorizes a wide array of programs that provide technical and financial assistance to agriculture and forest producers who are interested in improving soil, water, air and habitat quality on their land.
- The major programs can be divided into two general categories: the reserve programs that offer easements or rental contracts for long-term and permanent land conservation, and incentive programs that offer cost-share to improve agricultural and forestry practices on working lands.
- The Conservation Coalition’s recommendations aim to enhance the Farm Bill’s conservation programs through:
- Increased funding;
- Improved accessibility, flexibility and implementation of programs that also support a wider range of interested landowners to participate; and
- High quality monitoring and reporting of the results of conservation initiatives.
- The Conservation Coalition’s recommendations are available here.
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