Thursday, September 20, 2012
Link between the Farm Bill and a healthy Mississippi River
In just two years, the agricultural community has faced the extremes of historic Mississippi River flooding and severe drought conditions. Meanwhile, rivers, lakes and the Gulf of Mexico face more toxic algal blooms from agricultural runoff, which threatens tourism and fisheries. Clearly, federal legislators have a lot to consider as they debate the details of the next Farm Bill. Their decisions will greatly impact local agricultural communities, economies and human health, but understanding the links between the Farm Bill and all these related issues can be complicated.
This webinar briefing will explain how restoring conservation compliance to crop insurance in the next Farm Bill will improve soil and water health, and reduce the effects of extreme weather events such as flooding and drought. Expert panelists will provide historical perspective on how the link between conservation and crop insurance was dropped from in the 1996 Farm Bill and discuss the lasting effects of this and future Farm Bill decisions.
The Mississippi River Network and the National Wildlife Federation will host the one hour briefing. Expert panelists include:
Bill Gradle, Illinois' State Conservationist for USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (retired)
Craig Lang, past president of Iowa Farm Bureau and farmer
Martha Noble, Senior Policy Associate, National Sustainable Agriculture
WHEN and WHERE:
Tuesday, September 25, 10:30 - 11:30 AM CDT
Register for the webinar here: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/202947184
For audio: 1-218-632-0550, access code: 558780