When House and Senate negotiators sit down in coming days to start writing the final version of a new farm bill, they will find that many of their sharpest differences will be over how far they should reshape and fund conservation programs.
Whether we get a farm bill this year or after the mid-term elections, I think it’s important to look at some of the ideas under consideration, especially regarding the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP).
Rice producers wanting to enhance current conservation efforts have until March 2 to apply for a special Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) led by the USA Rice-Ducks Unlimited Rice Stewardship Partnership.
When Rep. Collin Peterson recently traveled home to his rural western Minnesota district, he opened his briefing by telling farmers that the number one thing to get done in a new farm bill is to help cotton producers. The livestock, corn, soy, wheat and sugar beet producers – who are thousands of miles from a cotton field - seemed a bit perplexed.
Policymakers and opinion leaders might want to think about farms and ranches as part of the infrastructure on which the modern economy depends, American Farmland Trust (AFT) President and CEO John Piotti told a Farm Foundation forum in Washington last week.