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House bill would address energy, conservation needs, group says

Agriculture.com Staff 09/13/2006 @ 11:02am

Three former chiefs of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) praised the introduction Wednesday of the first major agriculture bill introduced prior to the 2007 expiration of the current farm bill.

The officials say "The Healthy Farms, Foods and Fuels Act of 2006" will help farmers address the nation's energy crisis by boosting funding for renewable energy development on farms, ranches and forest lands. The bill would provide consumers with greater access to healthy foods and double conservation spending to provide cleaner air, water and wildlife habitat and help stabilize global warming over the life of the next farm bill.

"The healthy farms bill is the most ambitious conservation bill in American history," says Norm Berg, NRCS Chief from 1979 to 1982 and a long-time advisor to the Soil and Water Conservation Society. "This bill builds upon a long tradition of voluntary, incentive-based programs and provides a rare opportunity to expand and improve programs that help farmers when they help meet our environmental challenges."

The Healthy Farms, Foods and Fuels Act will:

  • Increase from $200 million to $2 billion annual loan guarantees for renewable energy development on farms.
  • Expand programs that provide local, healthy food choices to our school children and dramatically expand coupon programs that allow elderly and low income Americans to shop at farmer's markets.
  • Double incentives to $2 billion a year for farmers and ranchers to protect drinking water supplies and make other environmental improvements.
  • Provide funding to restore nearly 3 million acres of wetlands.
  • Provide funding to protect 6 million acres of farm and ranch land from sprawl.

Three former chiefs of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) praised the introduction Wednesday of the first major agriculture bill introduced prior to the 2007 expiration of the current farm bill.

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