World Wildlife Fund (WWF) today issued the following statement from Martha Kauffman, managing director of WWF’s Northern Great Plains program, in response to President Obama signing the 2014 Farm Bill:
“At a time when Congress has rarely found bipartisan consensus on conservation, the Farm Bill provides a welcome change to recent Washington gridlock. The common-sense protections included for land, water and wildlife are a sign of the growing understanding Americans have for our grasslands and the communities they support.
“Today’s Farm Bill recommits America to more responsible agriculture. By requiring basic conservation measures and protecting grasslands and wetlands where they are most at risk, the legislation ensures taxpayer dollars do not incentivize the plow-up and drainage of these critical natural resources.
“This is especially true in the Northern Great Plains, a region that supports an array of wildlife that rivals anywhere else on our planet. The passage of this Farm Bill helps ensure these grasslands and wetlands will continue to support wildlife and communities for generations. It helps keep our waters clean and prairie grasses right-side up, reducing soil runoff and flood risks to vulnerable downstream communities.”