June 15, 2018

Senate Agriculture Committee Passes Farm Bill

On June 13, the Senate Agriculture Committee passed the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, more commonly known as the Farm Bill, with a strong vote of 20 – 1. This bipartisan bill was introduced by Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus Members (CSC) Chairman Senator Pat Roberts (KS) and Ranking Member Senator Debbie Stabenow (MI).

Title II, also known as the Conservation Title, of the Farm Bill contains a number of pro-sportsmen’s provisions, including:

The current Farm Bill, which includes many important conservation programs for our nation’s fish and wildlife populations, was authorized in 2014 and is set to expire in September 2018. The Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation’s recommendations for the Farm Bill can be viewed here.

“The reauthorization of the Farm Bill is a critical, bipartisan priority for sportsmen and women around the country,” said Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation President Jeff Crane. “We sincerely appreciate Chairman Roberts, Ranking Member Stabenow and the other members of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus who are working to maintain and improve upon the important conservation provisions of Title II as the bill moves to the floor for consideration.”

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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