Farm bill cuts – lets use existing $ in most productive Ag states

SF Chronicle ran a story last week highlighting the importance of working landscapes to endangered species and how funding for preserving critical properties is at risk due to a $1 billion cut approved last week by the House Agriculture Appropriations Committee. The writer did not provide a clear call to action in the article but the California Rangeland Coalition has some clear ideas laid out in their Strategic Plan.

As the farm spending bill is under review I propose discussion about reallocating a portion of the $4+ billion in grain & cotton subsides, that flow to farmers in the midwest and southeast, being used to preserve working landscapes in California (nations largest agricultural producer).

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