Farm Bill

NACD’s Take: The 2018 Senate Farm Bill

By NACD Director of Government Affairs Coleman Garrison On Friday, June 8, the Senate Ag Committee released its 2018 Farm Bill (S. 3042), and the legislation passed out of committee on Wednesday, June 13. NACD staff have been busy analyzing the bill to see how our priorities fared. We look forward to working with the…… Continue reading →

NACD’s Take: The 2018 House Farm Bill

By Coleman Garrison, NACD Director of Government Affairs On Thursday, April 12, the House Ag Committee released its 2018 Farm Bill (H.R. 2) and the legislation passed out of Committee on Wednesday, April 18. NACD staff have been busy analyzing the bill to see how our priorities fared. Many of our requests were incorporated into…… Continue reading →

NACD Government Affairs Update on Omnibus Bill

By Coleman Garrison Last week, Congress passed an omnibus appropriations bill - that President Donald Trump signed into law - that avoided a government shutdown and funds the federal government through the end of the 2018 fiscal year. NACD releases appropriations requests around February of each year, and our organization is generally pleased with the…… Continue reading →

2017 End of Year Congressional Update

By Coleman Garrison As Congress wraps up its work for 2017 and NACD looks ahead to the new year, we wanted to let you know where things stand on a few topics. This week, Congress narrowly avoided a shutdown of the federal government by passing another short-term Continuing Resolution (CR) which will fund the federal…… Continue reading →

NACD’s 2018 Farm Bill Requests

Over the past year and a half, NACD’s Farm Bill Task Force, currently chaired by NACD First Vice President Tim Palmer, has worked to create a set of policy requests for the 2018 Farm Bill. Starting with a survey of our members last summer, the Task Force created a set of principles that helped to…… Continue reading →

House panel hears importance of farm bill forestry programs

By Chris Heck As part of an ongoing farm bill series, the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry held a hearing last week on farm bill forestry initiatives. Earlier this month, the subcommittee heard testimony from NACD CEO Jeremy Peters on the importance of farm bill conservation programs. Last Thursday’s hearing took a comprehensive…… Continue reading →

USDA funds new Working Lands for Wildlife projects

By Eric Hansen USDA is expanding its Working Lands for Wildlife program, an NRCS and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service initiative that has been instrumental in conserving at-risk wildlife habitat on working lands. Through Working Lands for Wildlife, NRCS focuses financial and technical assistance on private lands that support seven target species: the greater sage-grouse, lesser prairie-chicken, gopher tortoise, New England cottontail,…… Continue reading →

Updated ACEP provides new opportunities for conservation districts

By Eric Hansen Last month, NRCS finalized regulations for its new Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP), marking the end of 2014 Farm Bill implementation and opening up several opportunities for conservation districts to assist landowners in conservation planning. First, some background: the 2014 Farm Bill combined the NRCS' Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program, Grassland Reserve…… Continue reading →

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