America's agricultural lands provide food for the world and habitat for wildlife, but they are also a major source of non-point-source pollution and can reduce fish and wildlife habitat if not managed well. Balancing the economic, ecological, and cultural impacts of farmland has been a League priority since our founding. We are working to ensure sound conservation practices are included in federal farm policy so sustainable farming can remain a viable way of life.
Conservation Priorities Advanced in 2014
Farm Bill, but Challenges Remain
The long road to a new Farm Bill took a positive turn when President Obama signed it into law on February 7, 2014. The 2014 Farm Bill contained many victories for the conservation community. The top priority for the Izaak Walton League – re-establishing the linkage between conservation compliance and crop insurance premium subsidies – was included in the final legislation as well as a regional Sodsaver program to protect native prairie in parts of the country where it is most at risk.
Although the 2014 Farm Bill provided victories that will benefit our soil, water and other natural resources, we will need to stay engaged to ensure that the victories obtained in the 2014 Farm Bill are not diminished.