Federal Policy

NACD advocates for more than 3,000 conservation districts across the United States, ensuring federal policy and funding levels reflect the mission and goals of our district members. In a few words, NACD is the voice of conservation.

NACD is the collective voice of conservation districts and their state associations. NACD’s board of directors sets conservation policy priorities that guide the organization as it reviews environmental and natural resources legislation and works to secure federal funding for voluntary conservation programs. If you are a district member looking for NACD issue papers, visit our Spring Fly-In page.

Some of the federal support for conservation programs is allotted as discretionary funding during the annual appropriations process. Every year, NACD releases what we think are appropriate funding levels for conservation programs housed under USDA, the Interior Department, and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

APPROPRIATIONS

Below are NACD’s appropriations requests and priorities for previous Fiscal Years (FY). If you have any questions regarding appropriations, contact NACD Director of Government Affairs Coleman Garrison.

Request letter sent to Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture |PDF|

Request letter sent to Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior and Environment |PDF|

Request letter sent to House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture |PDF|

Request letter sent to House Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior and Environment |PDF|

Request letter sent to Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture |PDF|

Request letter sent to Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior and Environment |PDF|

Request letter sent to House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture |PDF|

Request letter sent to House Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior and Environment |PDF|

Conservation Technical Assistance

Conservation Operations Issue Paper |PDF|

Request letter sent to Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture |PDF|

Request letter sent to House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture |PDF|

State and Private Forestry and 319 Non-Point Source Program

State and Private Forestry Issue Paper |PDF|

Water Issue Paper |PDF|

Request letter sent to Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior and Environment |PDF|

Request letter sent to House Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior and Environment |PDF|

Conservation Technical Assistance

Conservation Operations Issue Paper |PDF|

Request letter sent to Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture |PDF|

Request letter sent to House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture |PDF|

State and Private Forestry and 319 Non-Point Source Program

State and Private Forestry Issue Paper |PDF|

Water Issue Paper |PDF|

Request letter sent to Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior and Environment |PDF|

Request letter sent to House Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior and Environment |PDF|

 

FARM BILL

Other programs are funded on a mandatory basis through legislation like the farm bill, which funds a number of voluntary conservation programs every five years. Conservation programs authorized by the farm bill help producers enhance soil and water quality, improve wildlife habitat, ensure compliance with federal and state environmental rules, and protect the productivity of agricultural, forest, and grass lands.

The farm bill is the federal government’s primary tool for setting agriculture and food policy in the United States. The 2014 farm bill built on the 2008 farm bill’s funding commitment to conservation programs, although it consolidated 23 of these programs into 13 and made some cuts to the conservation title. NACD was involved in the development of the 2014 edition for over five years; start to finish. NACD will continue to be engaged in the implementation of the next farm bill, due out in 2018.

MAKING NEWS

Finally, NACD helps to guide the decision-making process as conservation programs are designed, implemented, and evaluated by testifying before Congress, meeting with and penning letters to lawmakers, and submitting comments on regulations to a series of federal land management and regulatory agencies. To read the latest on NACD’s work on Capitol Hill, check out our Newsroom where we keep press releases, testimony, comments, letters, and a press kit full of photos from our most recent events.

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