WASHINGTON, D.C.-Today, the Senate is expected to succeed once more in passing a strong, bipartisan farm bill that contains sensible protections for soil, water and wildlife.
National Wildlife Federation applauds the final bill and the leadership of Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Ranking Member Thad Cochran (R-MS), for crafting a bill that maintains adequate funding for conservation, includes a national Sodsaver provision, and re-links conservation compliance provision to crop insurance premium subsidies. The bill also authorizes funding for an innovative regional partnership program which would target conservation funding to as many as eight priority conservation regions.
For a final version of the farm bill to become reauthorized, the House of Representatives must bring the version passed out of the House Committee on Agriculture to the floor for a vote. Last year, House leadership failed to bring the farm bill to the floor.