Conservation compliances need to be recoupled with crop insurance [UPDATED]Published 9:27am Friday, August 30, 2013 Updated 11:30am Friday, August 30, 2013
As members of congress return from recess to finish the 2013 Farm Bill, Minnesota’s sportsmen and women are eager to see the bill include conservation practices that safeguard wildlife habitat.
One thing is definitely needed to accomplish habitat conservation is the recoupling of conservation compliance with crop insurance.
Without recoupling, we stand to lose about 1.4 million wetlands in the prairie pothole region alone, where most of our ducks come from. Recoupling conservation compliance andcrop insurance would safeguard wetlands, providing habitat critical to our nations waterfowl, and impact very few farmers because more than 90percent of them would already be in compliance if the link was re-established.
The long standing agreement between American taxpayers and farmers has served as an effective partnership modelto protect the wetlands that provide drinking water and wildlife habitat.
Congressman Colin Peterson needs to act to protectt sportsmen’s and taxpayers’ interest and re-link conservation compliance to crop insurance in the 2013 Farm Bill.