March 23, 2007

Sen. Brubaker - REAP Proposal Builds Partnerships. Sen. Brubaker (R-Lancaster), REAP’s prime sponsor in the Senate, along with Sen. O’Pake (D-Berks) talks about how the proposed Resource Enhancement and Protection Act (REAP) is about building new partnerships between agricultural producers, environmental groups and private industry to accomplish conservation goals.
“REAP is about bringing more seats to the table,” said Sen. Brubaker. “It’s not about spending money, it’s about making wise investments. I think people 100 years from now will think this is a wise investment.”
Sen. Brubaker made his comments at a March 22 town meeting on REAP 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 CBF REAP webpage.
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Gary Swan, PA Farm Bureau, Developing More Partners
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