July 20, 2005

CRAPO TO CHAIR HEARING ON FARM PROGRAMS,SPECIES CONSERVATION

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, Chairman of the Senate Agriculture Subcommittee on Forestry, Conservation, and Rural Revitalization, will hold a hearing next week to discuss how Farm Bill programs can better support species conservation. The hearing will be held Tuesday, July 26th, in 328A of the Russell Senate Office Building beginning at 10:00 a.m.â??There are many programs in the Farm Bill and many people participating in those programs that can do much to recover species and improve habitat,â?? Crapo said. â??In many cases, landowners can best protect their property rights and improve species recovery if they have the incentive and the means to do so.â??Crapo is working with colleagues in both the House and Senate to update and strengthen the Endangered Species Act. Part of that effort is certain to improve incentives for landowners to help recover species. Tuesdayâ??s hearing will focus on how existing programs in the Farm Bill can continue to help landowners and species. # # #