March 17, 2007

Help Farmers Help the Environment. The Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Lamonte Garber, Senior Agricultural Consultant, encouraged the Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee to support the Resource Enhancement and Protection Act (REAP) to provide tax credits to farmers who install conservation practices.
Garber also outlined the Foundation’s support for changes in the federal Farm Bill that would provide additional federal funding for conservation practices on farms.
The Committee is holding a series of statewide listening sessions designed to help identify key issues of concern to agricultural and rural communities. This session was in Ephrata, Lancaster County.
The Committee is chaired by Sen. Mike Brubaker (R-Lancaster) and Sen. Mike O’Pake (D-Berks), who are both sponsors of the Resource Enhancement and Protection Act in the Senate. House sponsors include Rep. Jerry Stern (R-Blair) and Rep. Peter Daley (D-Washington).
For more information, visit CBF’s REAP webpage and read about CBF’s 2007 Farm Bill Strategy.