The House Farm Bill falls short of what America needs.
"The harsh cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) included in the House Farm Bill would hurt Americans facing hunger across the country and reverse decades of progress in addressing food insecurity across the United States".
Rather than fully fund the Conservation Title, the bill would cut much-needed farm conservation programs by almost $1 billion over 10 years. The bill eliminates funding for CSP, and cuts dollars for all working lands conservation programs by almost $5 billion over 10 years.
The bill has some good provisions, including increased funding for conservation easements that protect wetlands and native prairie.
The bill would increase the acreage cap for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) but fund it by eliminating CRP incentive payments that are crucial to farmers enrolling land in buffer strips, filter strips, and wetland conservation practices that are critical to restoring water quality. Budgets are tight and producers are trying to maximize use of the land, but risk the loss of valuable topsoil. With a farm bill that doesn't value conservation, should we be wary of another dust bowl?
During the first of two House Rules Committee hearings set for the week to decide on the scope of the farm bill debate, it was decided for a rule providing for one hour of general debate to start earlier than the planned May 17 start, equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the House Agriculture Committee.