WASHINGTON, Nov. 13, 2013—Seven former chiefs of USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) sent a letter to the House and Senate Agriculture Committee leaders Monday expressing their support for conservation compliance in the farm bill.

“As you take steps to modernize our farm safety net, we urge you to make sure that compliance provisions cover all income support, including eligibility for crop and revenue insurance premium subsidies,” they wrote.

They also asked that the farm bill conferees provide incentives to lower the cost of crop insurance to producers who use conservation practices.

“Further, to ensure the widest participation possible, we believe crop insurance should continue to be available at the same cost to all producers regardless of income,” they concluded.

To view the entire letter, click here.


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