The Healthy Fields and Farm Economies Act


Anna Jones-Crabree, left, and her husband, Doug Crabree, right, discuss soil health

Anna Jones-Crabree, left, and her husband, Doug Crabree, right, discuss soil health with Amy Kaiser, NRCS soil conservationist. Photo Credit: USDA

The Healthy Fields and Farm Economies Act

(H.R.4751)

The Healthy Fields and Farm Economies Act, a bipartisan bill, introduced in the House by Representatives John Faso (R-NY) and Marcia Fudge (D-OH), will improve USDA conservation programs for American farmers and ensure the most efficient and effective use of taxpayer dollars. Specifically, the bill will invest in farmers, ranchers, and our shared natural resources, while ensuring accountability to taxpayers who support these programs by:.

  • Authorizing the Conservation Effects Assessment Project (CEAP) and expanding USDA’s ability to assess natural resource concerns through enhanced measurement, evaluation, and reporting on conservation program outcomes.
  • Quantifying the environmental benefits of conservation practices in order to better build upon and improve program and practice performance.
  • Directing USDA to use up to one percent of funding available for new enrollments of farm bill conservation programs to support the measurement and evaluation process.
  • Requiring USDA to report on program progress to Congress and to the public, provided that individual data is aggregated to protect personally identifiable information.
  • Establishing a National Technical Committee composed of individuals with relevant technical and scientific expertise to assist NRCS in monitoring and evaluating conservation programs.
  • Authorizing USDA to implement cooperative agreements with qualifying federal, state, and local agencies, universities and colleges, and NGOs to support implementation.

NSAC applauds Representatives Faso and Fudge for supporting farmers and ranchers through the Healthy Fields and Farm Economies Act, and for investing in the improvement and protection of private lands conservation programs that are central to the long-term health of our nation’s natural resources.

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  • Download a policy summary of the Healthy Fields and Farm Economies Act

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