May 25, 2018

CSF Conservation Priorities for the Farm Bill Reauthorization

As the Senate prepares to introduce its version of the 2018 Farm Bill, and the House commits to revisit H.R. 2 in June, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) is hopeful that the next reauthorization maintains and enhances the strong conservation programs in the bill.

These programs, along with over $5 billion in conservation funding each year, are vital tools in conserving and enhancing our national hunting and angling heritage. CSF’s recommendations for the 2018 Farm Bill reauthorization include:

These conservation priorities are similar to the priorities of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, Delta Waterfowl, Pheasants Forever/Quail Forever and other partners in the hunting conservation community.

The Farm Bill’s conservation programs are highly successful partnerships between farmers, ranchers, landowners and the American taxpayer that provide clean water, healthy soils, abundant wildlife populations, and outdoor recreation opportunities across the nation. CSF’s recommendations will help the newest iteration of the Farm Bill continue to meet the needs of our nation’s farmers, hunters, and anglers.

Studies conducted at both the state and federal level have found that the number of hunters and trappers have been on a generally declining trend over the past several decades. To increase recruitment, retention, and reactivation (R3) of hunters and trappers, which initiative do you think would have the greatest impact?

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