Wetland Victories Among Farm Bill Reforms (May 2014)

By Bill Wenzel, IWLA Agriculture Program Director

The recently enacted 2014 Farm Bill contains a number of provisions critical to wetlands protection. Most notably, the Farm Bill reestablished the link between crop insurance and conservation compliance, meaning that farmers who choose to drain and fill wetlands will be ineligible for crop insurance premium subsidies unless they mitigate those wetland losses. The 2014 Farm Bill also secures permanent funding for wetlands protection and preservation through the creation of the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program, which consolidated a number of U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) easement programs. The legislation also creates a new wetlands mitigation program that provides $10 million in funding to USDA to support the development of an agriculture mitigation bank.

Read more in the May/June 2014 issue of the "National Wetlands Newsletter" (PDF link below).

Wetland Victories Among Farm Bill Reforms
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