Thursday, January 30, 2014

Great News: House Votes to Provide $1.3 Billion for Working Farms, Forests and Ranches

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In 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.
Rand WentworthPresident, Land Trust Alliance
Land Trust Alliance
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