A Letter to Rep. Davis: Why Conservation Matters

We’re deeply disappointed in the House Farm Bill cuts to conservation programs that help farmers try out soil health practices that keep agriculture pollution out of our waterways. But don’t just take our word for it. Springfield-native Walter Lynn’s recent letter to his congressmen, Rep. Rodney Davis, captures all of the problems the House Farm Bill causes instead of fixes. Walt writes,

“The Farm Bill falls short of what is needed to improve water quality, restore America’s soils, and provide for wildlife on farms and ranches.  The bill would cut spending for conservation programs by nearly $1 billion. It would eliminate incentives  in the Conservation Reserve Program that are crucial to farmers enrolling land in buffer strips, filter  strips, and wetland conservation practices critical to restoring water quality. The bill would also eliminate the Conservation Stewardship Program, the one USDA program focused on delivering whole farm, proactive conservation on working farms and ranches.”

Read more of Walt’s letter to Rep. Davis here.

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