World Wildlife Fund (WWF) today issued the following statement from Martha Kauffman, managing director of the Northern Great Plains program, in response to today’s passage of the 2013 Farm Bill by the Senate Agriculture Committee:
“With bipartisan solutions tough to come by in Washington, today’s markup reflects the changing dynamics of the farm policy debate. We are glad to see that now includes common sense protections for land, water and wildlife.
“The bill includes two key measures resulting from a historic agreement between conservation and agricultural interests. It establishes conservation requirements for crop insurance premium subsidies and reduces ill-advised incentives that encourage the destruction of grasslands. Together, these measures ensure that the farm safety net protects our natural resources as well as the land and water on which our food security and ranching livelihoods depend.
“The next few days and weeks are critical to passing a long-term Farm Bill that protects wildlife and habitat, reduces soil erosion and flooding risk, and decreases pollution flowing into our nation’s rivers and streams. WWF urges Congress to keep conservation a priority in the Farm Bill.”