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 México 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,” explained Callie Eideberg, Senior Policy Manager for Ecosystems and Sustainable Agriculture at Environmental Defense Fund. “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.”
New México is facing a water crisis; we are using water faster than we are replacing it.”
Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham
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.
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