Founded by concerned waterfowlers in 1937, Ducks Unlimited has taken a continental, landscape approach to wetlands and waterfowl conservation. Guided by sound science and supported by legions of dedicated volunteers and members, DU has conserved more than 13 million acres of waterfowl habitat across North America.
DU's mission is to conserve, restore, and manage wetlands and associated habitats for North America's waterfowl. These habitats also benefit other wildlife and people. The majority of the remaining wetlands in the United States are on private land, where a large majority of all waterfowl are raised. To further our mission, DU supports balanced agricultural policy that can help American farmers and ranchers to be more competitive and successful in fulfilling local, national, and global needs for food, fiber, and energy. In addition, DU supports agricultural policy that conserves soil, water, wetlands, grasslands, and forests upon which both people and wildlife depend. The Farm Bill is the most effective tool for conserving wildlife habitat on private land, and it's DU's objective that both waterfowl and their habitats benefit from this policy.
Latest Farm Bill Update: Congress included a nine-month extension of the 2008 Farm Bill in the “fiscal cliff” agreement, which was signed into law on Jan. 2, 2013. The extension allows for continued enrollment in the Wetlands Reserve Program, Conservation Reserve Program and Grasslands Reserve Program, up to the existing statutory acreage cap. It does not authorize additional acres beyond that cap. However, this makes it vitally important that the 113th Congress take up and pass a comprehensive 5-year Farm Bill as soon as possible.
Reps. Kristi Noem (SD) and Tim Walz (MN) are the lead co-sponsors of the bipartisan Protect Our Prairies Act. Watch them talk about the bill.
DU has a long history of working with ranchers, farmers, and other private landowners across the country to enhance and restore millions of acres of critical waterfowl and other wildlife habitat. The agricultural conservation programs that are authorized and funded through the Farm Bill are the backbone of DU's cooperative conservation work with our partners in agriculture. Thus, it's critical that programs like the Conservation Reserve Program and Wetlands Reserve Program are adequately funded to sustain our traditions of waterfowl conservation and waterfowl hunting.
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