Support Conservation Compliance
Dear [Decision Maker],
As you and your Congressional colleagues work on a new Farm Bill, keeping conservation compliance in the Farm Bill must be a top priority. Farm bill conservation programs have never been more important for the farming and conservation communities.
The conservation compliance provisions as included in the bipartisan Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2013 (S. 954) passed by the U.S. Senate must be included, particularly the relinking of conservation compliance with crop insurance premium assistance. This important measure protects against soil erosion, preserves important wetlands and protects taxpayers' investments in sound agricultural and conservation policy.
Conservation compliance is a common-sense crop insurance reform measure that has maintained bipartisan support in the House and Senate, and that has the support of farm, conservation and crop insurance groups alike.
Building on a successful 25-year history, conservation compliance for crop insurance will have major benefits for the environment yet minimal intrusion on farm operations.
Key features include:
- Keeping 295 million tons of soil annually from eroding on highly-erodible land
- Protecting nearly 3.3 millions of acres of critical wetland habitat
- Newly impacting less than 5 percent of wheat farmers, 3 percent of corn farmers and 2 percent of soybean farmers
- Flexibility to help farmers maintain compliance standards
I urge your support for reattaching conservation compliance to crop insurance premium assistance in the Farm Bill conference report.
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