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 Name (required) Mail (required) (will not be published) You May also be interested in Two Too Many Development Projects in the Ivanpah Valley While these projects most definitely directly impact a species that has been identified as threatened and is dependent on the habitat where they would be built, Silver State South and Stateline’s approval is most troubling for a bigger reason. You see, this isn’t just an issue for the Ivanpah Valley. Developers and agencies need to be conscious of how and where they plan energy projects all across the country. They need to look at renewable energy planning with a landscape-wide lens, understanding that building in the right places and making an effort to minimize environmental impacts from the start are essential. California’s Rim Fire: Opportunities Rise from the Ashes After California’s devastating Rim Fire, will officials take the opportunity to give nature a chance to fully recover? What Montana Isn’t Saying: Why Wild Bison Aren’t Welcome in the State Montana is rounding up wild bison as they leave Yellowstone National Park and shipping them to slaughter. But why?