Today, the Idaho Association of Soil Conservation Districts (IASCD) sent a letter to Congressman Mike Simpson (R-ID) and Congressman Raul Labrador (R-ID) asking they work with House leadership to bring the Farm Bill to the House floor for a vote. Prior to adjourning for the August District Work period, the House passed emergency drought legislation, but did not vote on the Farm Bill.
The IASCD Board of Directors wrote, “However, the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) and local districts have the tools and resources available right now to continue common-sense conservation practices that will help mitigate the impacts of extreme weather. Strong, locally led conservation, as supported by Farm Bill conservation programs are essential tools to preserve natural resources here in Idaho and across our nation.
“A new, five-year Farm Bill must be passed in September which includes a strong conservation title that streamlines and consolidates programs for increased efficiency and ease-of-use for land owners and producers. We would be honored to work with you and your staff if the Farm Bill does come to the House floor next month.”
To read the letter in its entirety, please click here.
***Please note, the same letter was sent to both Members of Congress.***