WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Wildlife Federation, along with the Conservation Coalition of Oklahoma and other NWF affiliates, submitted a statement for the record for the Senate Committee on Agriculture’s Field Hearing on the upcoming Farm Bill.
“By investing more in the Farm Bill’s conservation programs, Congress would be investing in Oklahoma’s communities and wildlife habitats,” said Ron Suttles, board chair for the Conservation Coalition of Oklahoma. “These programs are extremely popular with our farming and ranching community and also provide long-term benefits to some of our favorite nesting species like quail, pheasants and wild turkeys. If we can successfully increase funding and acreage for Farm Bill conservation initiatives such as the Conservation Reserve Program, that would be really beneficial to Oklahoma’s farming and ranching community, wildlife and taxpayers at the same time.”
“We at the National Wildlife Federation are excited to get to work with Chairman Roberts, Ranking Member Stabenow, and the members of the committee on the 2018 Farm Bill,” said Collin O’Mara, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation. “The Farm Bill’s voluntary conservation programs have a tremendous ability to conserve and restore vital wildlife habitats in cost-effective ways, while enjoying broad support with producers and engaging rural communities.”
“The next Farm Bill needs to increase the funding and capacity of popular programs like the Conservation Reserve Program and expand the ‘sodsaver’ provision nationwide to help reduce the conversion of native grassland and wildlife habitat,” he said. “The National Wildlife Federation is eager to work with Congress to find ways to increase funding for these programs so that producers can continue to improve soil health, restore water quality, and increase wildlife populations, all while strengthening rural economies.”
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