US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and several of her Senate colleagues introduced the Small Farm Conservation Act.
The initiative would help small farms access federal conservation programs delivered through the US Department of Agriculture’s Environmental Quality Incentives Program.
The Incentives Program helps farmers improve soil health, water quality and air quality, protect against drought and weather volatility, and conserve ground and surface water. Small farmers often have issues taking advantage of this endeavor because of complex application processes and smaller payments compared to larger operations.
Senator Gillibrand says The Small Farm Conservation Act would reduce those barriers and ensure these types of farms have access to the resources they need.