Farm Bill conferee recognized with 2014 Wetland Conservation Achievement Award

WASHINGTONMarch 13, 2014 – Rep. Kristi Noem (SD), a member of the 2014 Farm Bill conference committee and champion of Sodsaver, was presented with the Senior Federal Official 2014 Wetland Conservation Achievement Award yesterday. 

“Representative Noem has been an advocate  of good land stewardship practices since she was a freshman in the House,” said DU CEO Dale Hall. “As a member of the farm bill conference committee, she was an essential player in securing the Sodsaver program’s place in the final 2014 Farm Bill, which will apply to six top duck-producing states.”

Along with fellow lead co-sponsor Rep Tim Walz (MN), Rep. Noem introduced the bipartisan Protect Our Prairies Act in the 112th Congress and again in the 113th Congress. The common sense legislation encouraged the conservation of waterfowl and other wildlife habitat on native sod and grasslands by reducing the crop insurance coverage for the first four years after its conversion to crop land. The program was included under the name Sodsaver in the 2014 Farm Bill. Sodsaver will reduce crop insurance supports by 50 percentage points on native prairie converted to crop land for the first four years. It will apply to the states of Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota.

“As a farmer, rancher and sportswoman herself, Representative Noem understands the connected nature of agriculture and hunting. Passage of the 2014 Farm Bill was a very significant  achievement and she proved herself a true champion of conservation in the process,” said Paul Schmidt, DU chief conservation officer.

Rep. Noem was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. She serves on the House Agriculture Committee and Armed Services Committee. She is also a member of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus.

Ducks Unlimited’s Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards are presented annually in six categories to recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the conservation and restoration of North America’s wetlands and waterfowl. The awards, one of DU’s highest honors, were announced during the 79th North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference in Denver. To view a complete list of the 2014 Wetland Conservation Achievement Award winners, please visit www.ducks.org/wetlandawards.

Ducks Unlimited Inc. is the world’s largest non-profit organization dedicated to conserving North America's continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 13 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. For more information on our work, visit www.ducks.org. Connect with us on our Facebook page at facebook.com/DucksUnlimited, follow our tweets at twitter.com/DucksUnlimited and watch DU videos at youtube.com/DucksUnlimitedInc.

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