"Watershed News" will have the dual mission of reporting the work of our volunteers and keeping you informed of the issues concerning land and water in the Wimberley Valley. Together, we are all working to protect Jacob's Well and the waters that make this place so beautiful.
Thursday, January 30, 2014
Great News: House Votes to Provide $1.3 Billion for Working Farms, Forests and Ranches
a striking show of bi-partisanship, earlier today, the House of
Representatives overwhelmingly voted to support the 2014 Farm Bill. The final vote was 251 - 166.
The legislation will generate more than one billion dollars for saving
endangered farm and ranch lands. The bill is expected to be approved by
the Senate and signed by the President shortly. Learn more about the conservation programs in the Farm Bill » The
Farm Bill has been a top priority for the Land Trust Alliance, which
has worked diligently with both the House and Senate Agriculture
committees to ensure funding for easements was retained and
strengthened. The Alliance led a coordinated effort by land trusts
leaders to make this happen. "This new Farm Bill will allow our
community to build upon our past successes with new dollars and
increased flexibility due to the cash match waiver provision,” said Rob
Manigold, who as Supervisor of Old Mission Peninsula Township in
Michigan for 25 years led its successful farmland preservation efforts
that included permanently protecting 5,000 acres of farmland.
“Agriculture is such an important economic driver for our region and
state - why wouldn't we invest in protecting a land base like ours that
is so unique?" Please take the time to thank your members of Congress who voted for this important piece of legislation. Warmly,