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Published February 07, 2010, 12:00 AM

ASK THE DNR: Key issues in 2012 farm bill

The Federal Farm Bill is very important to the DNR as it relates to conservation programs that impact fish, wildlife, water, forestry and other natural resource issues.

By: Minnesota DNR,

Q. With discussions about the 2012 farm bill coming up soon, what are some of the issues the DNR is interested in seeing Congress tackle?

A. The Federal Farm Bill is very important to the DNR as it relates to conservation programs that impact fish, wildlife, water, forestry and other natural resource issues. Specific private land conservation programs that will be followed closely by DNR for potential reauthorization include the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP), Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP) and the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).

The DNR will also be working with our conservation partners and especially the farming community to explore changes in the next farm bill that make sense for farmers while also helping the state achieve conservation priorities.

— Wayne Edgerton

Edgerton is ag policy and private lands coordinator for the DNR’s Division of Fish and Wildlife.

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