Today, Congressman Tim Walz toured Trout Run and Pickwick Creek in southeast Minnesota to encourage conservation practices in the new Farm Bill that will provide protection to our natural state treasures and keep our waterways and wildlife habitats clean and secure.
"Minnesota's immaculate waterways and wildlife habitat are some of our most valued state treasures and enhance the quality of life for many sportsmen and women. Future generations deserve peace of mind in knowing that they will have the opportunity to enjoy these natural treasures as well," said Walz, a lifetime member of Pheasants Forever. "We must do all we can to protect these areas from invasive species and pollutants that could degrade their majestic nature. We must root out invasive species such as Asian Carp wherever they are found and renew our commitment to common sense conservation practices that keep our waterways and wildlife habitats clean and secure."
In order to maintain conservation programs that ensure the protection of our fertile soil, clean water, and clean air, Walz has long advocated for taking a balanced approach in writing a new Farm Bill.
In the 2008 Farm Bill, Walz championed efforts to encourage the next generation of youth to take up farming and ranching and worked to streamline USDA's application process for conservation programs, making it easier for producers to enroll without having to complete redundant paperwork.
Earlier this year, Congressman Walz, along with Senators Klobuchar and Franken, and Representatives Ellison and Paulsen, introduced legislation to help stop the spread of Asian carp. Their bipartisan legislation would jumpstart the process to consider closing the Upper St. Anthony Falls Dam to help keep the invasive species from entering Minnesota waterways, as well as require immediate closure if Asian carp are found. In addition, the bill would direct federal agencies to partner with Minnesota on efforts to root out infestations and prevent the spread of Asian carp in the state's rivers.
Walz looks forward to crafting a new Farm Bill with the input of southern Minnesotans that will renew our commitment to our nation's agricultural industry and work to revitalize rural communities in southern Minnesota and across the country.