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Glickman, Veneman seek insurance conservation requirement

Former Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman and former Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman wrote leaders of the House and Senate Agriculture committees this week that they should attach a conservation compliance requirement to government-subsidized crop insurance.

“The conservation compact — a provision of the 1985 farm bill called conservation compliance — sparked a decade of unprecedented progress in limiting soil erosion, cleaning up waterways, and protecting wetlands,” Glickman and Veneman wrote.

“As you take steps to modernize our farm safety net, we urge you to renew our conservation compact. The conservation compact should bring all income support programs under its umbrella, including eligibility for crop and revenue insurance premium subsidies.”

The letter was released by the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition.