Conservationists Converge on Capitol Hill to Meet with LegislatorsFri, 15 Mar 2013 16:43:48 CDT
Conservationists from across the nation will gather in Washington, D.C. on March 19th for the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) Spring Legislative Fly-in. During the Fly-in, NACD members will meet with their Senators and Representatives to discuss the latest legislative issues impacting conservation, including the Farm Bill and 2014 appropriations.
"As we look at the long-term health of our land and our economy, making a strong investment in conservation simply makes sense," said NACD President Earl Garber. "We'll be driving home the point to our lawmakers that it makes more sense to care for our natural resource base today, than to be forced to pay the escalated costs for repair down the road. It's extremely important that we protect conservation funding, because-simply put-conservation works."
Specifically, NACD supports a Farm Bill that both maintains funding for critical conservation programs, as well as consolidates programs for increased efficiency and ease-of-use. Streamlining of conservation programs will help to maximize participation by providing easier access to and management of programs by individual landowners.
Also, during this budget season, NACD supports a full appropriations bill for 2014, rather than a Continuing Resolution. Producers deserve long-term certainty in order to plan ahead and make wise decisions when it comes to investing in the future of their land, resources and businesses.
In addition to fully funding authorized levels of Farm Bill Title II programs, NACD prioritizes the following accounts: Conservation Operations, 319 Nonpoint Source Grants, Watershed Rehabilitation, and State & Private Forestry.
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