WASHINGTON -- The U.S. House today approved a Farm Bill that cuts conservation, undermines longstanding environmental protections and denies states the right to set farm-related standards.
Franz Matzner, the Natural Resources Defense Council’s associate director of government affairs, made these comments on the bill:
“Once again, House Republicans are pushing an extreme agenda, this time to gut critically important conservation programs farmers depend on to be good stewards of our land and water and wildlife. Their farm bill also eviscerates oversight of pesticides and in a stunning example of federal overreach, blocks states from adopting food and farm standards.
“Without a moment’s hesitation, this House farm bill should be plowed under, like the fertilizer it is, and never again see the light of day.”
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