NASF letter to ‘super committee’ warns against cuts to Farm Bill programs

NASF recently signed on to a letter to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction urging members to reject disproportionate cuts to Farm Bill programs as a part of any deficit reduction plan and consider the combined impact of the Farm Bill and the annual agricultural appropriations process. Mandatory farm bill conservation programs have been cut by over $2 billion since passage of the 2008 Farm Bill in annual appropriations bills. Uniquely among farm bill titles, conservation programs have already contributed to deficit reduction via appropriations and should not be asked to contribute more. Nearly 50 conservation, agriculture and environmental groups signed on to the letter.