09 July 2012 House Retracts Key Farm Bill Conservation Provision Posted by: John Motsinger | 1 comment | Share: Sage grouse are one of countless species that rely on private farm land for their survival. In Congress, as in many walks of life, no good deed goes unpunished. We celebrated two weeks ago when the U.S. Senate passed an amendment to the Farm Bill linking crop insurance subsidies to vital wildlife conservation measures. The provision was noticeably lacking, however, from the version unveiled by the U.S. House of Representatives late last week. American taxpayers provide billions of dollars each year in subsidies that incentivize farmers to plow under more land. The very least we can do is make sure that vital wildlife habitat isn’t completely destroyed along the way. For example, about 31 percent of sage grouse habitat in the western United States is privately owned and more is plowed under every year. Requiring basic measures that protect soil, water and wildlife is essential to recovering sage grouse and countless other species that rely on America’s working landscapes for their survival. When the bill is debated in the House later this week, Defenders will be working hard with our allies to make sure funding for these vital programs is restored. Read more on Defenders dotWild experts blog. One Response to “House Retracts Key Farm Bill Conservation Provision” Carl Watson July 10th, 2012 I am very happy that US senate has passed amendment to the Farm Bill. Post Your Comment Click here to cancel reply. Name (required) Mail (required) (will not be published) You May also be interested in The Votes Are In… You voted, and we listened – now the winners of Defenders’ 2014 Photo Contest are here! See if your favorite won, and take a look at some of the amazing runner-ups. We’ve Got to Protect What’s Left of the Sagebrush Sea New research shows that after a fire, the Sagebrush Sea (home to the imperiled greater sage-grouse) could take up to 20 years to fully recover. With other factors already threatening so much of this habitat, what does that mean for the species that call it home? California prepares to welcome wolves home, but delays on providing state protections Now, as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes to remove Endangered Species Act protection for wolves throughout most of the rest of the country, gray wolves are once again at risk. Delisting would short-circuit wolf recovery in the Pacific West and would effectively mean giving up on one of our country’s most important and iconic species. Fortunately, California has an opportunity to play a meaningful role in helping the gray wolf continue to recover in the coming months and years.