Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt.
When the NWTF was founded in 1973, there were approximately 1.5 million wild turkeys in North America. After 40 years of dedicated work, that number hit a historic high of almost 7 million turkeys.
In recent years, however, national turkey populations have been declining – just one of the challenges the hunting community faces today.
We are at a critical juncture in the future of wildlife habitat conservation and the preservation of our hunting heritage. The NWTF is ready for the challenge and will be a leader for the next 40 years, standing as one team with one mission. Your continued support is essential
For Immediate Release
NWTF Applauds the New Farm Bill
For more information, contact Melanie Swearingen at (803) 637-7634.
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - After years of work since the Farm Bill of 2008 expired, Congress has passed a comprehensive bill that includes strong provisions for conservation and sportsmen.
The Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act, or 2014 Farm Bill, includes key conservation components that benefit the country's wildlife and natural resources as well as our sporting heritage.
While the Conservation Title of this Farm Bill is smaller, it consolidates and simplifies programs. A key provision of this bill ties crop insurance to conservation compliance and ensures we are farming the best tillable ground and protecting highly erodible and wetland acreage. This bill also includes a Sodsaver program that discourages farmers from tilling sensitive native grassland habitats in areas of the county; it provides dedicated funding for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program; extends stewardship contracting; creates mandatory funding for thinning and burning on Conservation Reserve Program lands as well as mandatory funding for voluntary hunter access program, such as the Voluntary Pubic Access and Habitat Incentives Program, which will receive $40 million of guaranteed funding; and enhance forestry provisions that strengthen forest management across the United States.
"We are extremely pleased with the Conservation Title in this Farm Bill," said Becky Humphries, executive vice president of conservation for the National Wild Turkey Federation. "We applaud the work of Chairwoman Stabenow and Chairman Lucas to write and pass a farm bill that is simpler, more streamlined, but provides key provisions for good conservation."
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Contact Your Congressional Leaders Today!
The National Wild Turkey Federation urges Congress to support the bipartisan Agricultural Act of 2014, also known as the Farm Bill.
The Farm Bill (H.R.2642/S.954) is the largest piece of legislation that directs conservation and ensures upland habitat sustainability on farmlands across the country.
“We’re glad Congress listened to conservation groups and addressed the need for Sodsaver and conservation compliance tied to crop insurance, and we ask Congress to pass this comprehensive legislation that greatly benefits conservation efforts throughout the U.S.,” said Becky Humphries, NWTF executive vice president for conservation.
The NWTF expresses its gratitude to the principle negotiators on the Agriculture Committees, including Sen. Debbie Stabenow, Rep. Frank Lucas, Sen. Thad Cochran and Rep. Collin Peterson, who worked tirelessly to find a compromise.
Other key conservation components that benefit the country’s wildlife and natural resources are dedicated funding for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, the extension of stewardship contracting, mandatory funding for thinning and burning in the Conservation Reserve Program lands, mandatory funding for voluntary hunter access programs, funding for CRP at 24 million acres and forestry provisions that strengthen forest management.
Please contact your Congressional leaders today to ask them to support this vital legislation, which is crucial to preserving wild turkey and upland wildlife habitat and achieving our Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. objectives.
National Wild Turkey Federation
770 Augusta Rd., Edgefield, SC 29824