WEF Joins in Opposing Cuts to Agricultural Conservation Programs

April 19, 2013

Laws & Regs

The Water Environment Association (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) joined 27 other water and conservation organizations in opposing cuts to Farm Bill agricultural conservation programs.

WEF and these organizations submitted a letter on Feb. 28 to the chairs and ranking members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives appropriations committees, opposing cuts to these programs that include U.S. Department of Agriculture technical assistance in the remaining fiscal year 2013 appropriations.

The letter notes that cuts were made “disproportionately” to the conservation title of the Farm Bill in recent appropriations. The letter also stresses the importance of these programs in helping farmers and ranchers voluntarily address environmental concerns, including clean water. These programs are needed to assist farmers and ranchers in complying with local, state, and federal regulations while providing jobs and food security in rural areas, the letter says.

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