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Farm Bill

Postby LEWDOG » Tue Jun 18, 2013 8:26 pm

Senate Passes Farm Bill With Key Conservation Provisions Intact
Delta Waterfowl (pressrelease@deltawaterfowl.org) June 18, 2013 For immediate release...

The U.S. Senate has passed a Farm Bill including key conservation elements that Delta Waterfowl and a broad coalition of conservation groups had prioritized. The Farm Bill authorizes the agricultural support, nutrition programs and a diversity of conservation programs over the next five years. The conservation title provides the framework to enable the continuation of the Conservation Reserve Program, Wetland Reserve Program and other vital conservation investments on private lands.


“The most important outcome of the Senate version is ensuring basic wetland and soil conservation will be paired with the crop insurance program that will provide the safety net for our country’s famers in the future,” notes Dr. Frank Rohwer, Delta Waterfowl’s president. “Farmers need assurances, and insulation from risk and crop insurance will meet that critical need. Yet, we also believe that the significant investment the American public is making in these programs also calls for basic stewardship in return.”

Rohwer's comments speak to conservation compliance — notably Swampbuster and Sodbuster — a cornerstone of agricultural support since the 1985 Farm Bill. In return for the benefit of federal farm support, farmers have agreed to retain wetlands and enact soil conservation practices on highly erodible lands. Currently, the only protection for 69.1 percent of the small and vulnerable wetlands in the U.S. Prairie Pothole Region is afforded under Swampbuster. “The loss of Swampbuster protection for wetlands in the U.S. Prairies would result in the potential for drastic losses to the small wetlands that we know drive continental duck abundance and ultimately duck production,” Rohwer said. “We need Swampbuster to ensure the U.S. breeding wetland habitat base remains intact.”

The U.S. House of Representatives is currently in deliberations on its version of the Farm Bill. Delta Waterfowl members and waterfowlers everywhere should make their voices heard as these debates unfold.

“Duck hunters need to contact their members of Congress and ensure conservation compliance and a robust conservation investment are part of the House Bill,” Rohwer said. “These are important matters and we need everyone to express the urgency of these issues to their House members.” To take action on the Farm Bill and other legislation impacting waterfowl and waterfowl hunters, please visit https://account.votility.com/enterprise ... /index.php.

Delta Waterfowl Foundation is a leading North American conservation organization, tracing its origins to the birth of the wildlife conservation movement in 1911. The Foundation supports research, provides leadership and offers science-based solutions to efficiently conserve waterfowl and secure the future of waterfowl hunting. Delta Waterfowl is based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and Bismarck, N.D.




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Re: Farm Bill

Postby lbhansford » Wed Jun 19, 2013 6:54 am

for once a politician made a good decision, wonder how much lobby money that one took. Glad to hear the conservation measures cleared.
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Re: Farm Bill

Postby dukcommander » Thu Jun 20, 2013 12:30 pm

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Re: Farm Bill

Postby Have Gun Will Travel » Thu Jun 20, 2013 3:32 pm

Glad it was.
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Re: Farm Bill

Postby LEWDOG » Fri Jun 21, 2013 8:27 pm

Care to go into the why HGWT ? Delta said it was a good thing , are you talking about the farming side of it ?

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Re: Farm Bill

Postby fowl mouth » Sat Jun 22, 2013 1:54 pm

DU said it was good as well, I am ill informed on the topic.
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Re: Farm Bill

Postby Have Gun Will Travel » Mon Jun 24, 2013 6:42 am

LEWDOG wrote:Care to go into the why HGWT ? Delta said it was a good thing , are you talking about the farming side of it ?

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There were several things in the bill that I saw as negative for farming. Plenty of good in the bill for wetlands and such but even as a waterfowler I put jobs and the economy first. A large part of the farming land here on the shore are on a bayside creek or seaside marsh. A law taylored towards the central part of the country needs to stay there, and why should a wetland aspect be attached to a farmer's crop insurance?
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