Weekly News Roundup – June 15, 2012

from Wildlife Promise

Want to know what National Wildlife Federation was up to this week? Here is a recap of the week’s NWF news:

Groups Call on Senate Leaders to Support “Conservation Compliance” Amendment in Farm Bill

Northern pintails by Larry Hitchens

Photo by Larry Hitchens.

June 15 – One hundred organizations from across the country have sent a letter to Congressional leaders urging them to support the Soil and Wetlands Conservation Amendment (S.A. 2219) introduced by Senator Cardin (D-MD) as part of the 2012 Farm Bill. The amendment aims to “renew the long-standing conservation compact with farmers by re-attaching basic soil and water conservation measures to premium subsidies for crop insurance.”

The hundred groups signed on to the letter include hunting, fishing, farming and conservation organizations, representing millions of Americans who care about protecting soil, wetlands and wildlife habitat.

Hundreds of Organizations Ask Congress to “Hold the Line” on Conservation Programs in the Farm Bill

June 12 – Today, more than 500 organizations, businesses and individuals signed a letter asking congressional leaders not to further cut funding to the Conservation Title of the Farm Bill. Noting that conservation programs already have been significantly cut in recent years and will bear more than their fair share of deficit reduction in the Farm Bill as currently drafted, the letter asks Congress to “hold the line” on conservation funding at the amounts provided in the bill approved by the Senate Agriculture Committee.

And here are highlights from NWF in the News:

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