Gilfillan Estates – Pipestone SWCD Supervisor Ian Cunningham and Blue Earth SWCD Supervisor Carol Krosch voiced support for conservation programs and technical assistance in the next Farm Bill to U.S. House Agriculture committee members during a Farmfest Forum on Thursday.
“Conservation Districts believe, at a minimum, no further cuts should occur in the next farm bill to the Conservation Title, and we hope to see Congress increase its funding,” said Ian Cunningham, MASWCD Past President and senior member of a fifth-generation family farm near Pipestone, Minnesota. “In the upcoming farm bill, I ask that you fight to maintain the USDA’s ability to do their part. The Conservation Title took a 10 percent funding cut in the 2014 Farm Bill, and continues to be cut annually during the appropriations process.”
“Congress should include language in the next Farm Bill that emphasizes the importance of technical assistance provided through the Conservation Technical Assistance (CTA) program,” added Cunningham.
Cunningham and Blue Earth Supervisor Carol Krosch also highlighted the importance of USDA’s conservation programs including EQIP, CSP and CRP.
The House Agriculture Committee’s listening session included Ranking Member Collin Peterson, Tim Walz, Rick Nolan, and Tom Emmer.