January 10, 2007

CBF - Helping Farmers Help the Environment. A new, innovative proposal would give farmers tax credits of up to $150.000 for installing best management practices which reduce stormwater runoff, sediments going into streams and nutrients running off fields. Tax credits would also be available to other landowners who install forested riparian buffers.

Lamonte Garber, Senior Agriculture Consultant with CBF, talks about the Resource Enhancement and Protection Act (REAP) at the Keystone Farm Show in York.

The Resource Enhancement and Protection Act was introduced last year as House Bill 2878 by Rep. Stern (R-Blair), Rep. Hershey (R-Chester) and Rep. Daley (D-Washington) and as Senate Bill 1286 by Sen. Wenger (R-Lancaster, now retired), Sen. Waugh (R-York), Sen. O'Pake (D-Berks) and others. It is expected to be reintroduced shortly in the new legislative session.

For more information, visit the Chesapeake Bay Foundation REAP webpage.

Issue NoteBook: Resource Enhancement and Protection Act