July 27, 2009
Growing Conservation in the Farm Bill
If you ask outdoorsmen to list the country's important laws for fish and wildlife, they probably would not mention the Farm Bill. Similarly, they might not immediately think of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), which administers Farm Bill programs, as a powerhouse of conservation.
The past three Farm Bills, however, have shaped more conservation programs for a longer period of time - and put more funding behind those programs - than any other legislation. The more than $5 billion the USDA spends on conservation each year is two-and-a-half times larger than the entire U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service budget. And the USDA is proving everyday that it can balance the goals of maintaining a stable food and fiber supply while sustaining fish and wildlife populations...
Want to learn more? The Farm Bill Booklet will give you all the information you need, to see what the Farm Bill has done for conservation. Click on Farm Bill Booklet, and check it out. – Jay Cassell