GRASSLEY PREDICTS SENATE CONSERVATION LANGUAGE TO PREVAIL

Longtime Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley says a final farm bill is likely to veer closer to the Senate on conservation reforms.  The Republican also predicts the survival of the Conservation Stewardship Program with reforms in a final farm bill…

The House’s bill rolled CSP into the popular EQIP or Environmental Quality Incentives Program.  That measure also cut $5 billion from working lands conservation over ten years, while increasing CRP acreage by one million acres per fiscal year by reducing rental rates, reaching 29-million acres by 2023. The Senate keeps the spending level but boosts its CRP cap to 25 million acres with lower rates, part of freestanding reforms included in the Senate bill…

The Senate cuts rental rates by 11.5 percent of average county rental rates, the House by 20 percent. Both bills boost the Ag Conservation Easement and Regional Conservation Partnership programs, while the Senate creates a new Conservation Reserve Easement Program through CSP and EQIP cuts.

From NAFB News Service