POSTED: Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 6:00am
UPDATED: Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 6:14am
Farmers must 'jump through hoops' to qualify for crop insurance subsidies
Washington, D.C. — The Houston Chronicle is reporting; wildlife and environmental groups are claiming victory for conservation practices in the new farm bill, where two of their top priorities made it into law.
Farmers will be required to use good conservation practices on highly erodible lands and protect wetlands to qualify for crop insurance subsidies. And the law requires "sodsaver" protections to discourage farmers from plowing up native grasslands in several Plains and Midwest states.