Groups say no to bad Farm Bill HR2

HR2, deemed the worst farm bill by any standards has more groups calling foul. It is to be voted on next week but was pulled before due to the corporate give away, water & pesticide pollution issues, food stamps and more.

May 14, 2018

Dear Members of Congress:

The undersigned organizations, representing millions of people across the country who care about clean water, write to urge you to protect our nation’s water supplies through robust and effective support for conservation programs and policies as you are writing the 2018 Farm Bill. The next Farm Bill should further efforts to reduce the threat nutrient pollution poses to clean water and ensure farmers and ranchers have the tools they need to be leading stewards of our shared water resources.

Conservation practices can go a long way toward protecting our water sources, and Farm Bill conservation programs offer an opportunity to give producers the financial and technical assistance needed to put those practices in place. Cover crops, conservation tillage practices, buffer strips, manure and livestock management, wetland restoration, and conservation crop rotations are just a few examples of water-friendly practices that help protect water at the source, usually at a lower cost than that incurred by downstream communities, water utilities, and rate payers to clean polluted water. That is why it is crucial to write a strong Farm Bill for conservation.

We ask that as you consider the next Farm Bill, you support the following priorities for a water-friendly 2018 Farm Bill:

Funding: Increase funding for the conservation title to support critical working lands, partnership, and easement programs that help to reduce nutrient pollution, protect source water, and protect water quality and availability.

Conservation Compliance: Protect the linkage between basic conservation requirements and crop insurance and ensure that Sodsaver and Swampbuster provisions stay in place to keep soil out of our waterways and protect wetlands that provide critical water storage and filtration functions.

Access: Increase access, through funding, technical assistance, and outreach, to Farm Bill conservation and related programs that put conservation tools in the hands of the people and communities who need them most.

Targeting: Encourage greater targeting of funds towards areas that need it the most and towards conservation practices that are most effective at protecting drinking water sources and water quality in the places where it is most threatened.

Conservation Outcomes: Improve measurement, reporting, and evaluation of conservation program outcomes to provide data on the impact of conservation programs and practices on water quality outcomes.

Crop Insurance and Water Quality: Create incentives for, and eliminate barriers to, water-friendly agricultural practices within the Federal Crop Insurance Program.

The next Farm Bill must invest in clean water by ensuring that farmers and ranchers have the tools they need to be conservation leaders and protect our nation’s shared water resources. To do so, we believe the next Farm Bill must reflect these shared principles and invest in clean water.

Additionally, we urge you to reject any attempts to add anti-environmental provisions to the Farm Bill, as it must not serve as a vehicle for changes that run counter to the goal of protecting and enhancing our shared water resources.

Thank you,

21st Century Youth Leadership Movement

AFGE LOCAL 3354

AFGE- Local 3354

Alliance for the Great Lakes

American Rivers

American Society of Landscape Architects

American Sustainable Business Council

Bluestem Communications

Clean Water Action

Coalition to SAVE the Menominee River, Inc.

Concerned Citizens of Big Bay

Concerned Citizens of Cattaraugus County

Connecticut Food System Alliance

Conservation Minnesota

Cottage House Inc.

Earthjustice

Ecology Center

Endangered Habitats League

Endangered Species Coalition

Environment America

Environment Erie

Environment Iowa

Environment Minnesota

Environment Virginia

Environmental Law & Policy Center

Environmental Working Group

Fairland Farmers Market

Family Farm Defenders

Farms Not Arms

Freshwater Future

Friends of Pool 2

Friends of Schlitz Audubon Nature Center

Friends of the Earth

Friends of the Mississippi River

Friends of the St. Joe River Association

Genesee County Hispanic Latino Collaborative

Genesee Valley Audubon Socirty

Great Rivers Habitat Alliance

GreenLatinos

Hartford Food System, Inc

Headwaters Chapter Izaak Walton League

Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition

Hip Hop Caucus

Holy Spirit Missionary Sisters – USA-JPIC

Hoosier Environmental Council

Huntington-Oyster Bay Audubon Society

IHM Sisters Justice, Peace and Sustainability Office

Illinois Council of Trout Unlimited

Illinois PIRG

Illinois Stewardship Alliance

Izaak Walton League of America

Lake Erie Foundation

League of Conservation Voters

League of Women Voters United States

Maryland Latino Farmers & Ranchers Trade Association

Michiana Watershed

Michigan Wildlife Conservancy

Midwest Environmental Advocates

Midwest Environmental Advocates, Inc.

Milwaukee Riverkeeper

Minnesota Division Izaak Walton League of America

Montana Audubon

Montana Conservation Voters

Montana Trout Unlimited

Montana Wildlife Federation

Nathan Murphy

National Family Farm Coalition

National Latino Farmers & Ranchers Trade Association

National Parks Conservation Association

National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition

National Wildlife Federation

Natural Heritage Institute

Natural Resources Defense Council

Nature Abounds

Nine Mile Creek Conservation Council

North Carolina Association of Black Lawyers Land Loss Prevention Project

Northflow LLC

Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance

Ohio Environmental Council

Oklahoma Black Historical Research Project

Operation Spring Plant, Inc

Oregon Environmental Council

Peace Roots Alliance

PennEnvironment

Pennsylvania Council of Churches

Pointes Protection Association

PUSH Buffalo

Religious Coalition for the Great Lakes

River Raisin Institute

Rural Advancement Fund of the National Sharecropper, Inc

Rural Coalition

Rural Community Assistance Partnership

Save EPA

Save Lake Superior Association

Save Our Sky Blue Waters

Save The Dunes Conservation Fund, INC.

Save The River / Upper St. Lawrence Riverkeeper

Sierra Club

Sisters of St. Joseph of Rochester Global Environment Committee

Southwest Georgia Project for Community Education, Inc.

Superior Rivers Watershed Association

Sustainable Agriculture of Louisville

Sustainable Resource Alliance

Tennessee Clean Water Network

Texas Mexico Border Coalition CBO

The Farmworker Association of Florida, Inc.

Tierra del Sol Housing Corporation

Upper Peninsula Environmental Coalition

US PIRG

Virginia Conservation Network

Virginia League of Conservation Voters

West Michigan Environmental Action Council

Wisconsin Metro Audubon Society

Wisconsin Trout Unlimited

WISPIRG

Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation

Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve

 

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