WEF Joins in Asking Congress To Support the 2018 Farm Bill

November 26, 2017

Laws & Regs

The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) joined more than 20 organizations in co-signing consensus recommendations for the 2018 Farm Bill.

The document, released on Sept. 27, calls on the U.S. Congress to increase funding in the bill and to strengthen conservation efforts to ensure farmer, ranchers, and foresters can effectively access those programs. The recommendations highlight a number of programs and conservation provisions with necessary changes. It describes environmental benefits that can be provided by the bill, including improved water quality.

“The next farm bill must ensure that farmers and ranchers have access to a variety of tools they can choose from to conserve, manage, and enhance shared natural resources, while simultaneously promoting increased productivity and sustainability of their operations,” according to the document. “We urge Congress to provide a much needed increase in conservation funding while improving program flexibility, conservation benefits, and accountability through an emphasis on program outcomes.” 

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