[CT Birds] Conservation dropped from Fed. Farm bill

Arthur Shippee ashippee at snet.net
Tue Dec 11 13:13:21 EST 2012


This seems a concern for us, and worth looking into.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/11/opinion/could-the-farm-bill-devastate-americas-birds.html

....Congress is debating reauthorization of the federal farm bill. The legislation is not just about the future of agricultural and nutrition programs. It is also about conservation and the fate of one of North America’s most important breeding grounds for upland birds like grouse and pheasants, along with waterfowl like mallards, gadwall, blue-winged teal, northern pintail, redheads, northern shovelers, and canvasback ducks.

Since 1985, the farm legislation has required farmers to protect wetlands and fragile soils on their lands in order to qualify for billions of dollars a year in farm-program payments. But the bill that has emerged from the House Agriculture Committee lacks an important provision that would preserve those conservation incentives. Perhaps no place would be more threatened by this failure than the prairie pothole region, where, 10,000 years ago, decaying glaciers left behind an extraordinary landscape marked by thousands of shallow wetlands. ....


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