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May 15, 2013

Finally, Some Good Farm Bill News for Sportsmen

By Bob Marshall

Make that some very, very good news.

In an example of what has become rare political compromise in Washington, the nation’s leading farm lobbyists cut a deal with sportsmen’s conservation groups.

The farmers for the first time agreed to support linking crop insurance subsidies to compliance with conservation programs, while conservation groups involved agreed to oppose amendments that would limit farmers’ access to insurance programs, and will support lightening some regulations of conservation programs.

The compromise was a major breakthrough for sportsmen’s groups who have long sought to link subsidies to conservation. The change gives farmers an economic incentive to comply with critical conservation efforts. And it allows sportsmen to argue that if programs such as Sod Buster come with the linkage, they could save taxpayers $200 million a year.

Sportsmen’s groups involved in the deal were the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership and the National Wildlife Federation. The Environmental Defense Fund and the National Association of Conservation Districts joined them.

The deal will be included in the Farm Bill being considered by the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee. It then goes to the full Senate, which is expected to pass a bill by the end of the month.

Last year the Senate passed a Farm Bill that include a linkage. The House didn’t pass a final bill, and the measure that was approved by the House committee did not have the linkage.

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from tritonrider wrote 48 weeks 18 hours ago

THAT is awesome news! Let's all hope it passes intact. TRCP for those not familiar with them is a fantastic organization. Well worth checking out.

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from Dcast wrote 48 weeks 3 hours ago

Bob, you're a little optimistic don't you think? 1st this bill is a welfare bill not a farm/conservation bill. Somewhere around 75% of this bill goes to SNAP (A.K.A Food Stamps/Welfare)While only 10%+- goes to conservation. Many like yourself lack the knowledge to know what is really in the bill as I've stated countless times. It will not pass because Republicans want to cut $20 million in the SNAP program over a 10 year period which Democrats will never allow to happen after all it goes to their base voters. There is already outrage over this and is basically defeated before it is brought up to a vote. USDA is claiming today 05/16/13 that for every $5 spent on SNAP generates nearly twice that in economic activity! I didn't realize Nancy Pelosi is the spokeswomen for the USDA. This whole bill is a convoluted POS mess! However I'm looking forward to read your article in June about how the evil/vile Republicans defeated this bill because they love oil, corporations,_______(fill in), and the Democrats are trying to be Holy and save the planet! Don't you think it's time to write seperate bills for conservation, farming, and welfare alone? I doubt it because it would give you gasoline to throw on the political bonfire!

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from benjaminwc wrote 47 weeks 6 days ago

I'm with Dcast. The only real thing this bill is conserving is a perpetual nanny state. Split it all up.

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from wisc14 wrote 47 weeks 1 day ago

it should be split up however that would be too much of a common sense approach for the politicians of today. basically republicans and democrats are paid to argue with each other.

i would rather pay a little more for food stamps and keep conservation programs that are important for hunting and fishing (i would really like to head to one of the plain states on a pheasant trip with my dog one of these years) than the other way around

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from wisc14 wrote 47 weeks 1 day ago

it should be split up however that would be too much of a common sense approach for the politicians of today. basically republicans and democrats are paid to argue with each other.

i would rather pay a little more for food stamps and keep conservation programs that are important for hunting and fishing (i would really like to head to one of the plain states on a pheasant trip with my dog one of these years) than the other way around

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from tritonrider wrote 48 weeks 18 hours ago

THAT is awesome news! Let's all hope it passes intact. TRCP for those not familiar with them is a fantastic organization. Well worth checking out.

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from Dcast wrote 48 weeks 3 hours ago

Bob, you're a little optimistic don't you think? 1st this bill is a welfare bill not a farm/conservation bill. Somewhere around 75% of this bill goes to SNAP (A.K.A Food Stamps/Welfare)While only 10%+- goes to conservation. Many like yourself lack the knowledge to know what is really in the bill as I've stated countless times. It will not pass because Republicans want to cut $20 million in the SNAP program over a 10 year period which Democrats will never allow to happen after all it goes to their base voters. There is already outrage over this and is basically defeated before it is brought up to a vote. USDA is claiming today 05/16/13 that for every $5 spent on SNAP generates nearly twice that in economic activity! I didn't realize Nancy Pelosi is the spokeswomen for the USDA. This whole bill is a convoluted POS mess! However I'm looking forward to read your article in June about how the evil/vile Republicans defeated this bill because they love oil, corporations,_______(fill in), and the Democrats are trying to be Holy and save the planet! Don't you think it's time to write seperate bills for conservation, farming, and welfare alone? I doubt it because it would give you gasoline to throw on the political bonfire!

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from benjaminwc wrote 47 weeks 6 days ago

I'm with Dcast. The only real thing this bill is conserving is a perpetual nanny state. Split it all up.

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