Conservation Compliance Bill Introduced in House

California Representative Mike Thompson and Nebraska Representative Jeff Fortenberry have introduced the Crop Insurance Accountability Act of 2013. Like language included in the Senate version of the farm bill - the measure would re-link conservation compliance with crop insurance premium assistance. American Farmland Trust President Jon Scholl says conservation compliance is a commonsense, reasonable policy that is good for the environment and good for farmers. He says re-linking conservation compliance to crop insurance protects against soil erosion, preserves important wetlands and protects the investment of taxpayers in sound agricultural and conservation policy.

Conservation compliance was decoupled from crop insurance in 1996 and linked to the newly created direct payment program implemented that year. Scholl says AFT looks forward to working with the House of Representatives on this measure as they begin their work on the farm bill in the coming weeks.

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