March 22, 2007

Farm Bureau Supports REAP. Gary Swan, Director of Governmental Affairs and Communications for the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau, talks about why his organization supports the proposed Resource Enhancement and Protection Act (REAP) that gives tax credits to farmers to encourage the installation of best management practices that reduce nutrients and sediment.
“Farmers want to be great stewards of the environment and they have a proud record, and we think REAP is a progressive way to advance to the next level of environmental protection in Pennsylvania,” said Swan.
Swan made his comments at a March 22 town meeting in Lancaster that attracted over 150 people and was sponsored by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.
REAP, introduced as House Bill 100 by Rep. Stern (R-Blair) and Rep. Daley (D-Washington) and as Senate Bill 690 by Sen. Brubaker (R-Lancaster) and Sen. O’Pake (D-Berks) would give farmers tax credits of up to 75 percent of the cost of installing best management practices like forested stream buffer, stream fencing and other measures.
For more information, visit the REAP Information webpage.
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