(ANNAPOLIS, MD)—After reviewing the proposed federal Farm Bill compromise, which will be considered by the House and Senate, Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) Director of Science and Agricultural Policy Beth McGee issued this statement.
"The most cost-effective way to reduce pollution to local rivers, streams, and the Chesapeake Bay is to implement agricultural best management practices, many of which are funded through Federal Farm Bill programs. These conservation practices are essential to implementation of the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint.
"The compromise legislation will increase conservation funding, simplify and streamline the Regional Conservation Partnership Program, and help ensure adequate and fair compensation to landowners willing to implement forest buffers—one of the most cost-effective ways to reduce pollution from agriculture.
"CBF appreciates the work of Senators Chris Van Hollen and Bob Casey that made these changes possible."