This week NASF joined the Forests in the Farm Bill coalition representing forest owners, conservationists, hunters, anglers, forest product manufacturers, and natural resource professionals in a letter urging congressional leaders to pass a comprehensive five-year Farm Bill.
The Coalition outlined priorities addressed in the Farm Bill including:
- Strong provisions for forests in Conservation Programs;
- Strengthened forestry outreach, education, research, and inventory programs;
- Tools to combat forest-related invasive species; and
- Improved forest market opportunities, including ensuring all forest products are included in the USDA Biobased Markets Program
House and Senate Ag. Committee Leaders are pursuing options to reauthorize the Farm Bill as part of a deficit reduction package that may be considered in Congress before the end of the calendar year.