WHAT: Shifting subsidy payments to voluntary U.S. Department of Agriculture conservation programs that provide cleaner air, energy and water would support more farmers in 36 of the 55 districts represented by freshmen members of the U.S. House of Representatives, according to an analysis by Environmental Defense. If Congress enacted this reform proposal when it reauthorizes the Farm Bill this summer, districts in the following states would receive a larger share of federal farm spending:
*Supports legislation to increase conservation funding
WHY: Renewal of farm and food policies in the 2007 Farm Bill provides a chance to help many more farmers who offer to clean up the environment. Currently, farmers in 20 districts collect half of all Farm Bill spending and two-out-of–three farmers offering to clean up the environment are rejected because of misplaced spending priorities. A majority of House members support bills that would dramatically increase conservation funding.
(Read Scott’s Farm Bill blog: http://environmentaldefenseblogs.org/healthyfarms)
WHEN: Monday, July 9, 2007, 12:30pm ET
HOW: News Conference/Teleconference call (800) 804-0064; passcode: 6460177