Sending Office: Honorable Timothy J. Walz
The Strengthening our Investment in Land Stewardship (SOIL Stewardship) Act of 2018 lays out a comprehensive strategy for improving working lands conservation programs that protects natural resources, supports farmers, and enhances the productivity of agricultural
lands. This legislation empowers farmers and ranchers to take on high-level conservation activities, and ensures that the 2018 Farm Bill makes impactful investments in our natural resource and the farmers who protect and enhance them.
Privately owned crop, pasture, and rangelands account for nearly half of the landmass in the United States. Given the footprint of agricultural lands, farmers and ranchers understandably have a major role in the management of our shared natural resources.
In order to provide producers with the tools they need to protect and enhance the environment, as well as the viability of their own operations, the next farm bill must invest in our two largest working lands conservation programs – the Environmental Quality
Incentives Program (EQIP) and the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP). Increasing our investment in these programs, as well as making much-needed updates and improvements, will better enable these programs to provide farmers with the tools they need to
protect and rebuild soil, improve irrigation management, provide clean water, and enhance wildlife habitat.
The SOIL Stewardship Act will invest in conservation on agricultural lands by:
- Ensuring working lands conservation programs can support the growing demand for financial and technical conservation assistance
- Increasing program accessibility by enhancing coordination between programs and encouraging higher levels of stewardship
- Ensuring payments reflect the farmer investment and conservation benefits resulting from the adoption of key practices and programs
- Increasing conservation support for historically underserved participants
For more information or to co-sponsor, please contact Alison Titus at email@example.com.
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