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Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham

Representing the 1st District of New Mexico

Lujan Grisham Introduces The Accelerating Innovative Conservation Technologies and Practices Act

Mar 6, 2018
Press Release
Legislation To Expedite NRCS Review of Conservation Technology and Practices

Lujan Grisham Introduces The Accelerating Innovative Conservation Technologies and Practices Act
Legislation To Expedite NRCS Review of Conservation Technology and Practices

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham introduced the Accelerating Innovative Conservation Technologies and Practices Act which requires the Secretary of Agriculture to develop a process to expedite the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s (NRCS) review and approval of new and innovative conservation technologies and practices.  Additionally, the bill empowers state technical committees to review the latest conservation technologies and practices and make recommendations to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) on which ones to streamline.

“New Mexico is facing a water crisis; we are using water faster than we are replacing it,” Congresswoman Lujan Grisham said. “We need NRCS to work quickly to provide farmers and ranchers with the latest and most effective conservation practices in programs like the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP).  For example, farmers should have clarity on whether practices like deficit irrigation, a technique to calculate and use the least amount of water possible while still maintaining soil health and without impacting crop yields, is eligible for EQIP and USDA technical assistance.”

“This bill streamlines the process for integrating technology advancements into conservation practice standards,” Callie Eideberg, Senior Policy Manager for Ecosystems and Sustainable Agriculture at Environmental Defense Fund explained. “These changes will improve farmers’ customer experience and environmental outcomes by allowing NRCS to direct funds to up-to-date best practices for soil health, nutrient management and water conservation.”

As a member of the House Agriculture Committee, Congresswoman Lujan Grisham will work to incorporate the Accelerating Innovative Conservation Technologies and Practices Act into the next Farm Bill. 

To read the bill text click here.

 

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