What is in this article?:
- Senate Marks Up the 2013 Farm Bill
- Major Reform: Ending Direct Payments; Creating Responsible Risk Management
- Consolidating and Streamlining Programs
- Continuing Growth in America’s Diverse Agricultural Economy
Consolidating and Streamlining Programs
By eliminating duplicative programs, funds are concentrated in the areas in which they will have the greatest impact, reducing the deficit while strengthening top priorities. The Senate Farm Bill eliminates over 100 programs and authorizations under the Agriculture Committee’s jurisdiction. For example:
- The bill consolidates 23 existing conservation programs into 13 programs while maintaining existing tools to protect and conserve land, water and wildlife.
- Streamlining programs provides added flexibility and focuses conservation around four primary functions: working lands conservation, the Conservation Reserve Program, regional partnerships and easements to help prevent sprawl and protect wetlands.
- These reforms save money while still increasing resources for top priorities.
- Because we are truly doing more with less, changes to conservation policies are supported by nearly 650 conservation organizations from all 50 states.