WASHINGTON, D.C. – May 12, 2017 – On Saturday May 6, the Senate Agriculture Committee held its second Farm Bill hearing "Growing Jobs and Economic Opportunity: Perspectives on the 2018 Farm Bill from Michigan" at the Saginaw Valley Research and Extension Center of Michigan State University in Frankenmuth, Mich. Ducks Unlimited's Kyle Rorah from DU's Great Lakes/Atlantic Region office was a panelist at the hearing representing conservation interests as they pertain to the Farm Bill.
"Our top goal heading into the 2018 Farm Bill is preserving and advancing many of the gains made in conservation," said Rorah. "Simply put, there's a lot at stake and conservation is a critical part of our nation's agricultural safety net."
Rorah was one of 16 panelists to testify at the hearing hosted by the Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.). This second field hearing was hosted by Sen. Stabenow in her home state of Michigan to hear from constituents impacted by the current Farm Bill legislation, set to expire in September 2018.
"The 2014 Farm Bill made historic investments in conservation initiatives that support clean water and abundant wildlife habitat for hunting and fishing, which are critical to Michigan's economy and way of life," said Stabenow. "As a leader on many conservation partnership projects nationwide, Ducks Unlimited's experience will be critical as we look to strengthen conservation and support sportsmen in the 2018 Farm Bill."
As Congress and the Trump Administration look to pass a new Farm Bill in 2018, Ducks Unlimited remains committed to:
• maintaining and effectively implementing wetland conservation compliance
• increasing the acreage cap and improving Conservation Reserve Program (CRP)
• advancing agricultural partnerships to improve habitat in priority landscapes
• supporting reauthorization and robust funding levels for voluntary conservation programs such as, Agriculture Conservation Easement Program (ACEP), Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP),Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and Conservation Stewardship Program
• maintaining and strengthening the Sodsaver program
"I appreciate the testimony that Ducks Unlimited provided at the hearing," said Roberts. "I look forward to working with organizations in the conservation community like Ducks Unlimited to protect both crop insurance and voluntary conservation programs."
Ducks Unlimited Inc. 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 14 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.