IWLA Agriculture Program

Conserving Farmland

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.

Wetland Victories Among Farm Bill Reforms
On February 7, 2014, President Obama signed the Agricultural Act of 2014 (commonly known as the Farm Bill) to provide for the reform and continuation of agricultural and other programs of the Department of Agriculture through Fiscal Year 2018. As with past legislation, the Farm Bill has implications for wetlands. IWLA Agriculture Program Director Bill Wenzel looks at some of the bill’s features. Read more.... (PDF link)

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. 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. 

Read more on our 2014 Farm Bill page....

The League's work on conserving farmland and mitigating the impacts of agricultural production on fish, wildlife, and habitat also includes a focus on several specific regions:
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