Infignos Media -- buyersUSA Consulting
NOW PLAYING
15 Radio Streams
Click Here
Tangible Investment Group
Advertise Here

From Government, Legal and Policy - Legal Issues

Brought to you by Sunny King Honda

Come in for special pricing and financing. Special APR as low as 0.9%. 2580 US Highway 78 East, Anniston. 256-343-4216. www.SunnyKingHonda.com.

Eating for Health

Groups call on Congress to pass five-year Farm Bill

Thu, 15 Nov 2012 02:06:13 EST

Washington, D.C. — With Congress returning to the Capitol after a month-long recess, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) joined other organizations in pressing House leaders to pass a five-year farm bill before the end of the legislative session in December.

Several popular conservation programs — including the Conservation Reserve Program, Wetlands Reserve Program, Grassland Reserve Program, and Chesapeake Bay Watershed Initiative — have not had authority to hold new enrollments since the last farm bill expired in September.

EDF partnered with a broad coalition of 235 organizations to send a letter this week calling on the House of Representatives to pass a five-year farm bill.

'This legislation is of paramount importance to the diverse, bipartisan constituencies our organizations represent,' the letter said. 'Failure to pass a new five-year farm bill before the year's end will create significant budget uncertainty for the entire agricultural sector.'

The letter was sent to House leadership on behalf of groups representing all areas affected by the farm bill, including the conservation, farming, livestock, rural development, nutrition, municipalities, manufacturing, agricultural research, crop insurance, and renewable energy communities. 'We stand united in our strong support for a new five-year bill,' the letter stated.

In a second letter sent to House Speaker Boehner on November 12, EDF and 42 other environmental and conservation organizations urged Congress to complete a five-year farm bill with a strong Conservation Title this year.

'We believe a bill that takes on the best conservation provisions from the Senate-passed and House Committee-passed bills is quite possible to achieve even in the limited amount of time left in this session of Congress,' the letter said. 'The Senate and the House Agriculture Committee clearly agree on the value of the Conservation Title since their versions of the bill are substantially the same and have received strong bi-partisan support.'

Both letters stressed the urgency and importance of passing a five-year farm bill in light of the record droughts that affected much of the country this year. Sara Hopper, director of agricultural policy for EDF, said, 'This year's devastating drought highlights the critical importance of good conservation practices to increase the resilience of the land in the face of extreme weather events and intensifying pressure on America's land and water resources.'

If the popular conservation programs are not reauthorized soon, farmers, ranchers and forest landowners who are willing to share the cost of providing cleaner water, outdoor recreation opportunities and other important benefits will continue to be turned away and critical conservation needs will remain unmet.


Environmental Defense Fund (edf.org), a leading national nonprofit organization, creates transformational solutions to the most serious environmental problems. EDF links science, economics, law and innovative private-sector partnerships.


Source: WebWire



From Our Blogs

Fun DIY Projects for Back to School

Personalizing and accessorizing school supplies, lockers and work spaces can be a simple antidote.

Tips to Save for College

More than a few households are coping with “sticker shock” when it comes to higher education costs.

$17.33 Per Hour = Happiness?

New Research Shows Happiness Doesn't Increase over $69,300 in Alabama

Help Kids Stay Organized for a Fresh Start this School Year

By studying smarter, staying organized and keeping motivated, students can learn to juggle it all.


Sign up for our weekly newsletter.

Our Website Sponsors

Oxford Lumber

Neighborhood service and warehouse prices since 1958. We're also proud to own and operate Roanoke Ace Home Center, Talladega Ace Home Center and Jacksonville Home Center. Oxford Lumber is located at 1400 Barry Street. Call 256-831-0540

Frontera Bar & Grill

Mexican quisine at it's finest. For lunch, dinner or take out, visit Frontera Bar & Grill 1750 Hamric Dr E Oxford, AL 36203? (256) 835-9905

Signature In Home Care

Our mission is to help seniors remain independent in their homes as long as possible by offering quality, affordable care. We can also provide a helping hand with activities of daily living. Call 1-877-777-1822 or 256-831-3250

Miller Funeral Home and Crematory

For pre-planning or immediate funeral services call us at 256-831-4611 or visit www.millerfuneralhomeoxford.com.

Lake Winnepesaukah Amusement Park

Come On Get Happy! The South's Favorite Family Amusement Park! 1730 Lakeview Drive, Rossville, Ga. 30741 1-877-525-3946 www.lakewinnie.com