On Monday, the House of Representatives sent the bill that combined the farm program and nutrition bills to the Senate. Late Tuesday, the Senate acted on the House farm bill, reappointed its conferees and sent the bill back to the House.
This action allows for House Speaker Boehner (R-OH) to name conferees. He has not yet said whether he will follow tradition and name members of the House Agriculture Committee or if he will also tap members outside the committee.
When things start moving and the House names their conferees, decisions could be made quickly and there won’t be much turnaround time to contact these legislators-- I will keep you posted. Senate Ag Chairwoman Stabenow (D-MI) has set her sights on having a final bill within the month. Clearly, consensus between the House and Senate will be hard to reach.
NRCS Contingency Plan:
As the federal government continues to be shutdown by the budget impasse, NRCS has released its plan detailing all operational and administrative activities that have been suspended, including the monitoring of easements. Please read page 10 of the plan for more guidance on how this affects your work.
Inundate Social Media:
Now is the time to put your social media channels to work! Tell the story of what the Farm Bill means to your community by using the hashtag #MyFarmBill on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, etc. Share your outreach with us.
With the potential of losing the framework and funding for the conservation easement programs, now is the perfect time for the land trust community and their many successes to shine. Let’s flood the air waves with your success stories!
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