Missouri's top sportsmens' organizations have joined together to thank U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill for her recent leadership in passing the Farm Bill, which provides critical support to Missouri's farmers and ranchers, funds key conservation priorities, and creates jobs, all while reducing the deficit.
"Our organizations, which represent millions of hunters, anglers and wildlife enthusiasts, write to express our sincere appreciation for your affirmative vote for passage of the Farm Bill," the organizations wrote. "The bipartisan bill... is good for working farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners, good for fish, wildlife, and other natural resources conservation, and good for rural economies, while reducing spending appropriately."
Organizations including The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, Ducks Unlimited, Izaak Walton League of America, Pheasants Forever, and the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership wrote a letter to McCaskill expressing their appreciation for her support of the bill. The organizations applauded the inclusion of conservation programs and new initiatives that will allows the state's producers to continue producing food in an environmentally sustainable way.
"These hunters and anglers and outdoorsmen represent one of the state's most vital industries, and their feedback reaffirms why it's so important we continue to work together to pass measures that grow and create more jobs," said McCaskill, who was born in Rolla, Mo. "This bill represents the kind of bipartisan compromise that folks in Missouri expect, and I look forward to continuing to work with these organizations to ensure this bill is signed into law."
The Farm Bill, which passed the Senate with strong bipartisan support, would create jobs and reduce the national deficit by $23 billion by streamlining and consolidating federal programs and ending unnecessary farm subsidies, while preserving important resources for farm and ranch families and conservation priorities.
The legislation now awaits action by the U.S. House of Representatives.
Read full text of the Senator's letter below.
Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies
Izaak Walton League of America
Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership
The Honorable Claire McCaskill
United States Senate
506 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Dear Senator McCaskill:
Our organizations, which represent millions of hunters, anglers and wildlife enthusiasts, write to express our sincere appreciation for your affirmative vote last week for passage of the Farm Bill, S 3240.We understand the economic circumstances in which our country finds itself, and the need to make prudent and informed decisions regarding spending. The bipartisan bill from Chairwoman Stabenow and Senator Roberts which you endorsed is good for working farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners, good for fish, wildlife, and other natural resources conservation, and good for rural economies, while reducing spending appropriately.
We particularly applaud the provisions of the Conservation Title. While spending by necessity was reduced , this title retains the value and merits of so many of the conservation programs such as CRP, and WRP, and new initiatives that target priority landscapes and watersheds, that allow our private agricultural producers to continue to deliver affordable food and fiber in environmentally sustainable ways to our citizens. Hunting, fishing and other wildlife dependent recreational uses that accrue from these programs bring added economic benefits both to the landowners and rural communities. Particularly important are the Sodsaver and conservation compliance provisions which address vital conservation needs of two of our most significant but threatened habitats for waterfowl, pheasants and many other wildlife species.
We look forward to continuing to work with you to ultimate enactment of a Farm Bill this year.
McCaskill's Fight for Missouri's Farmers and Ranchers
Claire McCaskill has consistently fought to ensure Missouri's farm and ranch families have the resources they need to succeed, and to prevent and overturn unreasonable rules and regulations on producers.
McCaskill delivered a victory for rural communities, successfully forcing the U.S. Labor Department to withdraw proposed rules that would affect the ability of young adults to work on family farms and ranches.
McCaskill helped lead a bipartisan group of Senators in successfully demanding an exemption to allow the transportation of all farm supplies from any distribution point to a local farm retailer or to the consumer during planning and harvest seasons.
McCaskill confronted the Environmental Protection Agency in opposition to proposed rules over farm dust, forcing the EPA to abandon any such rules.