Formulation of the 2012 Farm Bill: Conservation Programs

On Thursday, April 26, the Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy, and Forestry will hold a hearing to listen to conservation stakeholders prior to development of the 2012 Farm Bill. NACD President Gene Schmidt will be testifying in front of the Committee. The hearing starts at 9:30am EDT (7:30am MDT and 6:30am PDT). You can watch the hearing by clicking here.

Last June, Chairman Frank Lucas (R-OK) began the effort when the Agriculture Committee held 11 audit hearings on agriculture programs to look for ways to improve programs for farmers, increase efficiency, and reduce spending.

“It’s important to consider a variety of perspectives when writing comprehensive legislation. We are continuing our efforts to gather as much information as possible so we can write sound and effective farm policy that works for all of agriculture. We have reviewed spending trends and have heard from our producers on the ground. Now it’s time for national agricultural leaders and stakeholders to present their views on farm policy,” said Chairman Frank Lucas.

IASCD sent a letter to our federal delegation regarding vital conservation programs in the Farm Bill. You can click here to read the letter we sent.

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