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GLTF FYI - Ag Appropriations



GLIN-folks,

The Senate Approved the Conference on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and
Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill on October 6,
clearing the bill for the President.  The Conference report is under a veto
threat based on larger issues unrelated to the Great Lakes environmental
programs (emergency relief).


     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:

     Rochelle Sturtevant
     Coordinator, Senate Great Lakes Task Force

     Rochelle_Sturtevant@glenn.senate.gov
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From: Rochelle Sturtevant at GLENN-DC
Date: 10/5/98 2:25PM
To: glin-announce@great-lakes.net at INTERNET
Subject: GLTF FYI - Ag Appropriations
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