Close to midnight Wednesday, the House of Representatives approved an amendment to the 2013 farm bill introduced by Congressman Kevin Cramer.
The amendment to the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management (FARRM) Act of 2013 modifies policy on wetlands mitigation to ensure agriculture producers will be subject to no higher than a 1-for-1 acreage basis when enhancing, restoring or creating wetlands. Under the amendment, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) can no longer subject farmers to higher requirements for wetlands restoration based on its own arbitrary judgment of land quality.
"I am pleased the House has accepted this important reduction in the regulatory burden facing our food producers. This amendment further strengthens the farm bill for North Dakota farmers and landowners as our chamber moves closer to a vote on the full legislation," said Cramer.