Today, the Idaho Association of Soil Conservation Districts (IASCD) sent a letter to Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and James Risch asking they support the 2012 Farm Bill when it comes before them for a vote later in the week.
In a letter written on behalf of the IASCD Board of Directors and IASCD member districts, Kit Tillotson wrote, “The federal dollars invested in Title II programs in the Farm Bill ripple out into our communities and impact all facets of our economy; less sediment in rivers means a pristine river for fishing or rafting; healthy soil means a more plentiful crop; responsible land management means a balance between species habitat and grazing.
“The current bill advances and simplifies conservation programs. First, the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) replaces legislatively-designated geographical programs with an opportunity for regional programs to continue to expand. Second, the consolidated Agriculture Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) simplifies wetland and agricultural land easements. Third, the current bill streamlines the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), allowing easier access for producers who wish to take advantage of either program.
“The work accomplished by our districts, in partnership with the Idaho Soil and Water Conservation Commission and the Natural Resources Conservation Service, is an example of good public policy and good government. This partnership provides useful information about land use change, soil erosion and health, water quality and quantity, and wildlife habitat.”
You can read the letter in its entirety by clicking here.