Wildlife need strong Farm Bill Conservation Programs

Monarch

Farm Bill conservation programs are America’s largest source of funds to help farmers and ranchers adopt wildlife-friendly practices that protect our soil, water and climate. In 2022, these USDA conservation programs apply to over 45 million acres of land, an area about the size of Delaware, Connecticut, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Massachusetts combined. Conservation funding helps farmers, ranchers and private landowners restore wetlands, grasslands and woodlands, reduce their chemical use, and rebuild healthy soil.

From the Monarch butterfly and native bees to bobwhite quail, wild turkey, largemouth bass and whitetail deer, a host of fish and wildlife in every state benefit from Farm Bill Conservation Programs.

Thankfully, the 2018 Farm Bill was extended through 2024-allowing USDA conservation programs to continue-but a renewed bill is needed to meet the wildlife, natural resource, and market challenges that face our communities which have changed since 2018. Congress is working to introduce a Farm Bill soon, but questions remain about how climate-smart conservation funding from the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) should be handled. Please join us in calling for a wildlife-friendly, bipartisan Farm Bill that meets the needs of farmers, ranchers, private landowners, and the communities they live in by including permanent climate-smart IRA conservation funding in the next Farm Bill.

Tell Congress to follow through on their promise to America’s farmers by protecting vital conservation funding for our nation’s wildlife.

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