House Agriculture Committee Chair Frank Lucas believes conservation compliance measures tied to crop insurance would be a misguided and redundant regulatory burden imposed on farmers and their property rights. He’s philosophically opposed to the linkage. That’s why he was applauding the American Farm Bureau Federation Board for reportedly voting to oppose conservation compliance linked to crop insurance. According to Lucas – conservation compliance is already the law of the land. He says all farmers who receive assistance through USDA commodity, conservation and credit programs must protect the nation’s wetlands and environmentally-sensitive croplands. Lucas is a believer in these conservation compliance standards and voluntary, incentive-based conservation practices. He says she shares the concerns of Farm Bureau regarding the inconsistency with which conservation compliance provisions could be implemented on a state-by-state and county-by-county basis.
Lucas says tying conservation compliance to crop insurance would create another layer of bureaucratic, red-tape potentially endangering a farmer’s livelihood at a time when USDA is already overwhelmed with determining wetland designations for producers who are subject to compliance. Lucas says farmers and ranchers are the best possible stewards of their land – successfully using conservation practices to protect our natural resources.
Source: NAFB News Service