A briefing by the Northeast-Midwest Institute on Tuesday, December 11 at 2:30 PM will discuss how conservation programs can be more effective by delving into the specifics of various RCPP projects.
The Farm Bill is the single largest source of conservation funding in the U.S., providing close to $5 billion annually for conservation projects through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). These conservation dollars fund various voluntary projects that conserve natural habitats, reduce agricultural runoff, safeguard watersheds, and achieve numerous other vital goals. As important as these projects are for national water quality, biodiversity, and climate issues, they are chronically underfunded even with the Farm Bill's support. As the pending Farm Bill is poised to pass with level funding and there will likely not be a chance to bolster it until the next authorization in five years, it is vital that current conservation efforts are implemented in as effective a way as possible.
This briefing is an opportunity to hear from a panel of experts on the current challenges facing federal conservation efforts, how to overcome them, and what a more effective conservation regime could look like in the U.S. through the lens of the RCPP.
Michelle Perez, Water Initiative Director, American Farmland Trust
Rosalyn Brummette, Legislative Aide, Senate Agriculture Committee
Jimmy Bramblett, Deputy Chief for Programs, Natural Resources Conservation Service
Dr. Sri Vedachalam, Director of Safe Drinking Water Program, Northeast-Midwest Institute
To RSVP, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, please contact Eric Heath, Senior Policy Counsel for the Mississippi River Basin Program at the Northeast-Midwest Institute at email@example.com.