World Wildlife Fund (WWF) today issued the following statement from Martha Kauffman, managing director of WWF’s Northern Great Plains program, in response to today’s Farm Bill Conference Committee meeting to finalize work on the 2013 Farm Bill:
“Several Members of Congress today stood up for a responsible 2013 Farm Bill that balances the production of food, fuel, and fiber, while ensuring meaningful protections for the land and water needed to produce agricultural goods, support healthy wildlife, and ensure clean water for all.
“The leadership displayed by conferees voicing their support for the establishment of conservation measures for crop insurance premium subsidies and a national Sodsaver provision reinforces the need for including these provisions in the final bill. By doing so, these members are working to ensure a farm safety net that protects America’s grasslands and wetlands, as well as improves the quality of our soil, air, and water.
“It’s critical that Congress maintain this momentum over the next few weeks and deliver a long-term Farm Bill that protects America’s grasslands and wetlands and balances the needs of both people and nature.”
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