EDGEFIELD, S.C. — The National Wild Turkey Federation supports the U.S Senate’s passage of S. 3042, the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018. Also known as the 2018 Farm Bill, this key legislation provides critical funding and programs for private land conservation and forest management. In fact, it represents the single largest investment by the federal government in private land conservation.
The legislation includes many important measures for private forest conservation that were recommended by the Forests in the Farm Bill coalition, which the NWTF helps to lead. Inclusion of these measures will ensure that private forests are managed to provide quality wildlife habitat, clean water and reduced risk of forest fire.
“We applaud the bipartisan effort of the Senate to craft their farm bill,” said Becky Humphries, NWTF CEO. “This bill maintains funding and important conservation programs that will continue the tradition of private land management for our nation’s forests and wildlife.
The NWTF thanks Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY), Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman, Pat Roberts (R-KS), and Senate Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), for their bipartisan leadership in passing the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018. The NWTF looks forward to working with the House and Senate toward a bipartisan final farm bill that can garner support in the House and Senate and secure the President’s signature.
About the National Wild Turkey Federation
When the National Wild Turkey Federation was founded in 1973, there were about 1.3 million wild turkeys in North America. After decades of work, that number hit a historic high of almost 7 million turkeys. To succeed, the NWTF stood behind science-based conservation and hunters’ rights. The NWTF Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative is a charge that mobilizes science, fundraising and devoted volunteers to raise $1.2 billion to conserve and enhance more than 4 million acres of essential wildlife habitat, recruit at least 1.5 million hunters and open access to 500,000 acres for hunting. For more information, visit NWTF.org.