For Immediate Release
Senate Releases Farm Bill with a Solid Foundation for Conserving Wildlife
WASHINGTON (April 18, 2018) – The Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry released the Agriculture Improvement Act (Farm Bill) today. 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:
“The Senate Farm Bill provides a sound foundation for conserving our nation’s wildlife. Unlike the House version, the Senate did not cut conservation funding or include many of the egregious riders, like the ‘Poisoned Pollinator Provision’ and damaging forestry provisions.
“We urge the Senate to fight any bad amendments, and make sure that conservation compliance provisions remain intact, while ensuring that the toxic riders in the House 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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