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Conservation programs passed in farm bill, but they need money

(July 22, 2002 -- CropChoice commentary) -- Although Congress put more dollars into conservation programs as part of the farm bill it passed in May, a question arises. Will it pay for the programs? The House Appropriations committee last week approved the 2003 Agriculture Appropriations bill, but a vote on the measure by the full House may not come until September 3, after Congress returns from summer recess.

The House Agriculture Subcommittee approved most of the $74 billion set aside for conservation as part of the farm bill. However, it reduced the Conservation Security Program to an Iowa-only pilot program. Let's hope that the Senate addresses the issue.