S. 923: Balancing Food, Farm, and the Environment Act of 2013

Introduced:
May 09, 2013
Status:
Referred to Committee
Prognosis
0% chance of being enacted
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Sponsor
Tom Udall
Senior Senator from New Mexico
Party
Democrat
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Last Updated
May 09, 2013
Length
153 pages
Related Bills
H.R. 1890 (Related)
Balancing Food, Farm, and the Environment Act of 2013

Referred to Committee
Last Action: May 08, 2013

 
Status

This bill was assigned to a congressional committee on May 9, 2013, which will consider it before possibly sending it on to the House or Senate as a whole.

Progress
Introduced May 09, 2013
Referred to Committee May 09, 2013
Reported by Committee ...
Passed Senate ...
Passed House ...
Signed by the President ...
Prognosis

2% chance of getting past committee.
0% chance of being enacted.

Only 11% of bills made it past committee and only about 3% were enacted in 2011–2013. [show factors | methodology]

 
Full Title

A bill to modernize the conservation title of the Food Security Act of 1985, protect long-term taxpayer investment, increase small and midsize farmer's access to programs, and prioritize modern-day conservation needs through management practices, local engagement, and stewardship.

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Cosponsors
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Committees

Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry

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Library of Congress Summary

The summary below was written by the Congressional Research Service, which is a nonpartisan division of the Library of Congress.


5/9/2013--Introduced.
Balancing Food, Farm, and the Environment Act of 2013 - Amends the Food Security Act of 1985 to make a producer violating certain conservation requirements under the highly erodible land or wetland programs ineligible for federal crop insurance premiums.
Requires producers under the highly erodible land program and the wetland conservation program to comply with specified conservation requirements.
Extends and revises: (1) the conservation reserve program, (2) the conservation stewardship program, and (3) the environmental quality incentives program.
Establishes: (1) a conservation reserve easement program, and (2) a conservation innovation grant program.
Directs the Secretary of Agriculture (USDA) to use Commodity Credit Corporation funds and facilities to carry out the following programs through FY2018: (1) the conservation reserve program, (2) the conservation security program, (3) the conservation stewardship program, (4) the environmental quality incentives program, (5) the conservation innovation grant program, (6) the agricultural conservation easement program, and (7) the conservation loan and loan guarantee program.
Authorizes a conservation loan and loan guarantee program.
Establishes an agricultural conservation easement program which shall combine the purposes and functions of the wetlands reserve program, the grassland reserve program, and the farmland protection program.
Provides: (1) funding for the purchase by eligible entities of agricultural land easements and other interests in eligible land, and (2) assistance to owners of eligible land to restore and protect wetland through easements and related wetland easement plans.
Authorizes the Secretary to enter into one or more agreements with a state, nongovernmental organization, or Indian tribe to carry out a special wetlands reserve enhancement program which shall include a reservation of haying and grazing component.
Establishes a regional conservation partnership program which shall combine the purposes and functions of the agricultural water enhancement program, the Chesapeake Bay Watershed program, the cooperative conservation partnership initiative, and the Great Lakes basin program for soil erosion and sediment control.
Repeals:
(1) the emergency forestry conservation reserve program,
(2) the wetlands reserve program,
(3) the farmland protection program and farm viability program,
(4) the grassland reserve program,
(5) the environmental easement program,
(6) the program of conservation innovation grants and payments,
(7) the agricultural water enhancement program,
(8) the wildlife habitat incentive program,
(9) the Great Lakes Basin program,
(10) the cooperative conservation partnership initiative, and
(11) the desert terminal lakes program.

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