2012 Farm Bill on Fast Track
Dear MN Congressional Policymaker,
As you act to authorize the 2012 Farm Bill, ensure that our state’s natural resources and taxpayers are protected by:
• Providing sound and robust funding for voluntary conservation programs. An investment in Farm Bill conservation delivers positive outcomes that benefit everyone. Protecting soil and enhancing water quality are long-term investments in food security and in health that ultimately act as cost saving measures as well as an economic stimulus. Prioritize the Conservation Title by funding it at the current baseline average of $6 billion a year.
• Re-establishing the stewardship compact that ensures basic soil and water conservation on American farmland receiving Farm Bill subsidies. The federal crop insurance program has evolved to become the largest Farm Bill subsidy provided to agricultural producers. Subsidizing risk can create an incentive for taking serious risks.
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