Coalition Provides Conservation Title Recommendations to Ag Committees

A coalition of conservation groups has released a document of principles for the new farm bill. They say the Conservation Title programs, funding and authorities have never been more important than they are today. The conservation community cites the great benefits to farmers and ecological integrity of voluntary conservation programs and conservation compliance provisions over the last 25 years - but says there is still work to do. One suggestion is to maintain robust conservation funding. The coalition says funding must be adequate to continue critical conservation programs at robust levels and argues that the Conservation Title has already given more than its fair share of savings through the annual appropriations process.

Other recommendations provided to the House and Senate Agriculture Committees include harmonizing crop subsidies and conservation; improving conservation performance, results and efficiency by focusing conservation resources where the opportunities for environmental outcomes are greatest, streamlining, paying for performance, supporting whole-farm, sustainable and organic conservation systems in addition to individual practices and providing more technical assistance funding; and enhancing equity and outreach.

Groups including American Farmland Trust, the Environmental Working Group, National Association of State Conservation Agencies, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition and National Wildlife Federation support the principles and recommendations outlined.

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