Ducks Unlimited and partner producers from Kansas met in Washington, D.C. with the Kansas congressional delegation to talk about conservation priorities in the upcoming Farm Bill. Andy Hineman from Scott City, Alicia Allen from Sharron Springs and Mark E. Smith from Wallace are all producers from western Kansas that take part in voluntary, incentive-based conservation programs funded through the Farm Bill. Programs like the Agriculture Conservation Easement Program, Conservation Reserve Program, and the Regional Conservation Partnership Program are vital for our nation’s wildlife and their habitats, as well as for our agricultural communities. As discussions mount over the upcoming Farm Bill, which expires in September of 2018, ensuring that legislators hear from constituents on the ground is critical.
The group met with Congressman Roger Marshall (R-KS-01), Congressman Ron Estes (R-KS-04), Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins (R-KS-02) and Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS).