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GLTF FYI - Ag Appropriations
The House Approved the Conference on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and
Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill on October 2. The
Senate is considering the bill now (October 5) with a vote expected around 5.
Great Lakes Provisions in the Agriculture Appropriations Conference.
($ in millions)
House Senate Conference
Conservation Operations 641 638 641
Great Lakes Basin Program 0.5 0.35 0.5
Environmental Quality Incentives Program 174 200 174
(acres in thousands)
Wetland Reserve Program 130 120 120
Conservation Reserve Program 36400 36400 36400
Senate language establishing a pilot program to permit haying and
grazing on CRP land was struck in conference.
"The conferees do not agree with the Senate report language citing
problems that have arisen with the Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP).
However, the conferees concur with Senate report language that
encourages the USDA to structure the terms of WRP contracts so that
high priority is given to the consideration of adjacent landowners,
including but not limited to the maintenance of watershed protection."
For more information contact:
Coordinator, Senate Great Lakes Task Force