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Desperate Days for CRP

I hope you received our important Action Alert last week asking pheasant hunters and Pheasants Forever supporters to immediately contact your two U.S. Senators and one U.S. Representative about making CRP reauthorization a top Congressional priority.  I can’t stress enough how important your email voice is in today’s battle to save America’s benchmark conservation program.

Is the Conservation Reserve Program headed the way of the Soil Bank?

I have worked in Washington, D.C. on conservation programs and CRP since its 1985 beginnings.  I’ve never, ever, seen the program’s future so grim.  There are proposals to slash CRP’s current 32 million-acre baseline in half . . . or worse.  I don’t need to tell you what a loss of that magnitude would mean to pheasants, quail, flood prevention, water quality and hunting access.  “DEVASTATING” is the word that rings in my mind.

I recognize we do need to reduce federal spending, but we need to be wise about our conservation cuts.  If you’ve been sitting on the sidelines of this battle for conservation in the past, it’s critical that you get in the game now.  Your future and your children’s future of days spent in the field together with bird dogs and flushing roosters hangs in the balance.

This is my personal plea; please, please contact your two U.S. Senators and one U.S. Representative about making CRP reauthorization a top Congressional priority today.  If you get a response back, please drop me an email message with the feedback you receive at dnomsen@pheasantsforever.org.  Please don’t let CRP be this generation’s Soil Bank program of days gone by.

Thank You!

The D.C. Minute is written by Dave Nomsen, Pheasants Forever’s Vice President of Government Relations.

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2 Responses to “Desperate Days for CRP”

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  1. Kerry Willis says:

    Why not require all farms participating in ag bill programs to have sustainable practices and leave 15 foot buffers between roads and ditches and field edges that are only burned or mowed every five years. Seems that a lot of chemical runoff and habitat problems would be solved and then CRP efforts would only add to the mix. Given the amount of money spent on the farm bill is it unreasonable to expect that taxpayers/hunters get more for their money?

  2. Dallas Strube says:

    I agree with Kerry. Buffers on waterways and fencelines would do much to replace lost larger CRP fields. All farm subsidies should require them.

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