Of the $40 billion for agriculture included in the Inflation Reduction Act, roughly half is expected to be used for conservation programs. The infusion in conservation funding is divided between the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, the Regional Conservation Partnership Program, Conservation Stewardship Program and Ag Conservation Easement Program. National Council of Farmer Cooperatives President and CEO Chuck Conner says these investments make it easier to write a climate-friendly farm bill. “We’ll be under a lot of budget pressures. The additional funds from this bill will make the farm portion of the bill come together a lot easier and a lot better.” It’s unclear if this conservation funding will make it more difficult to secure additional money for other titles of the farm bill, including the commodities title.
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