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UMRR Briefing on Farm Bill & LWVUS Support for Environmental Ag Practices

LWVUS | Published on 8/10/2023

Upper MississippiRiver Region Inter-League Organiztion (UMRR-ILO)
August 7 Briefing on 2023 Farm Bill with Duane Hovorka

At noon on August 7, LWV UMRR hosted Duane Hovorka, Senior Policy Specialist at the National Wildlife Federation. Duane is a lobbyist working on the Farm Bill, and he shared an update on where the Farm Bill is now and what the prognosis is for the Bill in days to come. View the recording below.

LWVUS Joins Sign-on Letter Urging Congress to Support Environmental Investments in the 2023 Farm Bill

Dear Chairwoman Stabenow, Chairman Thompson, Ranking Member Boozman, and Ranking Member Scott,

As you begin to consider the 2023 Farm Bill, the undersigned groups urge you to protect the historic $20 billion investment in climate-smart agriculture and conservation technical assistance and to ensure that this funding stays in climate-smart agriculture and Farm Bill conservation programs. This is the largest investment into agriculture conservation and rural communities in decades and farmers, ranchers, and foresters across the country are depending on these resources.

USDA’s voluntary, incentive-based conservation programs enable producers to adopt practices that build soil health, sequester carbon, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, while also improving surface and ground water quality, increasing water efficiency, building resilience to drought and flood, creating habitat for fish and wildlife, and protecting agricultural lands for future generations. Farm Bill conservation programs have been critically oversubscribed and meet only a fraction of the need for voluntary conservation on the landscape. The increased funding for USDA’s popular and effective Farm Bill conservation programs will help to energize rural economies, improve climate resilience, and ensure that our nation’s farmers, ranchers, and foresters are part of the solution to climate change.

The increased funding for Farm Bill conservation programs, climate-smart agriculture, and associated conservation technical assistance, along with existing Farm Bill conservation title funding, represents the best opportunity in decades to meet producer demand for conservation programs. Robust agriculture conservation funding benefits all parts of the country. The undersigned groups urge you to ensure that the 2023 Farm Bill protects these generational investments in climate-smart agriculture and USDA agriculture conservation programs.


See the full list of signatories here.