WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 19, 2010 - Ducks Unlimited is pleased with the announcement that Sen. Debbie Stabenow has been selected to become the next chair of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry. The committee’s work is critical to the long-term conservation of wetlands and waterfowl habitat.
Stabenow has extensive experience in crafting agricultural legislation. She served on agricultural committees in her home state of Michigan before doing the same in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.
“The American people are fortunate to have an experienced leader in Debbie Stabenow,” said Becky Humphries, incoming director of the Great Lakes and Atlantic Region for Ducks Unlimited. “I’ve seen her work close up during my time at the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment, and the senator is a no-nonsense advocate for agriculture, working lands and natural resources that are stewarded in our rural communities.”
The Farm Bill provides significant resources for the conservation of wildlife habitat. Farm Bill programs include the Conservation Reserve Program, Grasslands Reserve Program and the Wetlands Reserve Program, among others, that have yielded great benefits to landowners and society at large. The next Farm Bill will renew in 2012, and stakeholders are working now to highlight the value of these important initiatives.
Ducks Unlimited is the world’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving North America's continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 12 million acres thanks to contributions from more than a million supporters across the continent. Guided by science and dedicated to program efficiency, DU works toward the vision of wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever.