Our Klamath Basin Water Crisis
Upholding rural Americans' rights to grow food,
own property, and caretake our wildlife and natural resources.
has been that the
Farm Bill would "help" fund the controversial
Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement / KBRA
KBC EDITOR: To date, no language IN this bill has mentioned the KBRA. However it is the opinion of KBC News that there are references to funding parts of the controversial KBRA conservation plans and other controversial conservation measures letters from some groups regarding Farm Bill funds. Resource users represented by our website are always concerned about funding for easements, land and water idling, transfers, sales, other willing seller schemes, and giving control of land and water to NGO's and other government agencies, which we believe harm and threaten our communities. We do support many of the conservation plans that are based on sound science when full transparent goals are disclosed and agreed upon by all involved. One example is funds to irrigators for more efficient irrigation systems.
KBC News does not post articles, letters, or quotes as facts: these articles and letters are sent to us by our readers to post for your viewing. Read their links; we enclosed unedited links to their original messages for you to read and make your own judgments.
following link by EDF referenced the KBRA. We post, you decide.
letters and newsletters pertaining to the 2012 -2013 Farm Bill.
Senate begins work on massive farm bill, Capital Press 5/14/13.
The Nature Conservancy supports 2013 Farm Bill, posted to KBC 5/14/13: "Improve the conservation of wetlands, grasslands and private forests by maintaining funding for easements, with a special emphasis placed on permanent easements and the Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP), Grasslands Reserve Program (GRP) and Farm and Ranchland Protection Program (FRPP)..."
The Food Stamp Bill, Families Protecting the Valley Newsletter 12/10/12. "...we just wish they would change the name to something more in line with what the farm bill has become, namely, the food stamp bill. 80% of the farm bill is related to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly known as food stamps"
Senate bill brings some big changes to farm policy, Capital Press 6/22/12. "The Senate is expected to show bipartisan support for the $500 billion bill that sets farm safety net and conservation policies and funds the food stamp program over the next five years...Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky opened Thursday's session by praising the Senate's recent successes in getting bills passed...Food stamps continue to command the great majority of farm bill dollars. Spurred by the bad economy, there are now 46 million people getting food stamps, at a cost of about $80 billion a year. That's 80 percent of the entire farm bill budget."
Speak Up For the Farm Bill, The Nature Conservancy June 2012. Top Priority: "Conserve and Restore Key Habitats –Improve the conservation of wetlands, grasslands and private forests by maintaining funding for easements, with a special emphasis placed on permanent easements and the Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP), Grasslands Reserve Program (GRP) and Farm and Ranchland Protection Program (FRPP). Easement Programs are critical to the conservation of wetlands, grasslands, floodplains and private forests. Status: On April 26, 2012 the Senate Agriculture Committee passed a bill with $2.2 billion over five years for the WRP, GRP and FRPP. Congress should maintain these funding levels. (WHIP)."
Senate ag panel passes farm bill, Capital Press, posted to KBC 4/29/12
Patrick O'Toole, President of Family Farm Alliance, Testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Agriculture, Sub-committee on Conservation, Energy and Forestry, Oversight Hearing on "Formulation of the 2012 Farm Bill, Conservation Programs," April 26, 2012.Coalition of Agriculture and Conservation Groups Call for Passage of Farm Bill this Year Which Serves the West by Family Farm Alliance Executive Director Dan Keppen 2/28/12
Family Farm Alliance engages in new farm bill coalition, Family Farm Alliance 3/2012, page 6
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