For Immediate Release
Senate Passes Farm Bill Free of House Environmental Poison Pills
The Senate passed the Agriculture Improvement Act (Farm Bill) today (y-n). In addition to addressing traditional agricultural and food policy, the Farm Bill has major implications for wildlife and our environment.
Defenders of Wildlife President and CEO, Jamie Rappaport Clark, issued the following statement:
“We are grateful that the Senate today passed a bipartisan Farm Bill that, in important respects, provides a solid foundation for conserving wildlife. Moreover, the Senate’s bill, unlike the extreme and damaging House version, does not cut conservation funding, eliminate any conservation programs, or include the House’s extreme anti-environmental riders, like the ‘Poisoned Pollinator Provision’, or its radical forestry provisions.
“As the Farm Bill proceeds we urge the House to strengthen the Senate Farm Bill and we urge the Senate to continue to stand strong to ensure that any of the anti-environmental riders in the partisan House Farm Bill never become law.”
- The Farm Bill is the marquee legislative responsibility of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees. Congress reauthorizes the Farm Bill about every five years. The current 2014 Farm Bill is set to expire on September 30, 2018.
- The Farm Bill is the largest source of federal funds for habitat conservation on private lands. Two-thirds of land in the lower 48 states is privately owned, and more than 40 percent of that is managed for agriculture. Many species of conservation concern, including federally protected and candidate species, depend on private lands. Conservation of these lands is essential to their recovery.
- Defenders of Wildlife developed recommendations to strengthen conservation provisions in the Farm Bill. The priority recommendations are available here; the complete recommendations are available here.
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