CBF’s Federal Affairs Office
to support Bay restoration
and local farmers.
Waiting for the Harvest on
From working for full funding for the
Chesapeake Bay Program to improving
federal programs for watershed farmers,
we have been planting seeds all year to
prepare for September 30, when the
federal Farm Bill and the fiscal year 2018
omnibus funding bill both expire.
When we started fighting for full funding
for the Chesapeake Bay Program, it was
February—and freezing in Washington.
At that time, President Trump’s FY19
budget request included only $7.3 million
for the Chesapeake Bay Program, a 90
percent cut from the previous year.
Our response: Twenty-two intrepid
CBF volunteers from Virginia blanketed
Capitol Hill to ask their Senators
and Representatives to reject the
Throughout the spring, CBF members
spread the word through local papers
and by contacting members of
Fast-forward to May when our efforts
paid off: Both House and Senate
Appropriators released bills with full
funding for the Chesapeake Bay Program
at $73 million, with no restrictions.
Unfortunately, in July, the House voted
to include a damaging provision by
Virginia Congressman Bob Goodlatte.
We continue to sound the alarm that it
would undermine the work of Bay states.
By September 30, the House and Senate
must come to agreement and pass a
fiscal year 2019 bill.
With the Farm Bill, we are working
toward the same deadline: September 30,
when the current Farm Bill expires. The
new Farm Bill could provide improved
conservation tools and resources for
watershed farmers, which will help Bay
states achieve their water-quality goals.
CBF members and staff have built a
strong case for improvements to these
programs. In a great victory, the Senate
passed a bill that includes provisions
designed by Bay Senators that would
significantly increase streamside forest
buffers and improve working lands in the
watershed by reducing erosion, providing
sediment control, and managing
nutrients that affect the Bay. The House
and Senate must come to an agreement
on a new Farm Bill by September 30.
This fall, what will the 2018 Harvest look
like on Capitol Hill? Will there be full
funding for the Chesapeake Bay Program?
Improved federal tools and resources
for Bay watershed farmers in the 2018
Farm Bill? There are no guarantees in
Washington, but we can guarantee you
will know what’s going on and when your
voice is needed.
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With the current Farm Bill expiring on September 30, CBF wants improved conservation tools and resources for watershed farmers.