NRCS-FWS Announces Agreement to Extend Regulatory Certainty

The Natural Resources Conservation Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have agreed to extend wildlife conservation efforts on working agricultural lands. This agreement will provide farmers, ranchers and forest landowners participating in USDA's Working Lands for Wildlife Initiative with long-term regulatory predictability for up to 30 years. National Association of Conservation Districts President Gene Schmidt says this agreement strikes a common-sense, workable balance between gainful ag production and the protection of sensitive wildlife habitat. Schmidt says this regulatory assurance will encourage producers to make long-term investments in habitat projects and other landscape scale conservation practices on their land - benefitting everyone through healthier air, water and soil - and ultimately - a safer, more secure food supp

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