Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued a final rule requiring a site visit for participants who appeal wetlands determinations under the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). The senator secured the requirement as a member of the 2018 Farm Bill conference committee, part of his efforts to ensure conservation programs are more farmer-friendly. More details can be found on USDA’s website.
“Our farmers need certainty when working their land, and that’s exactly what we sought to provide in the 2018 Farm Bill,” said Hoeven. “Requiring a site visit for wetlands appeals helps ensure our producers are treated fairly. We appreciate Agriculture Secretary Perdue and Acting Chief Norton for their active engagement with producers on issues like this and for working with us to provide the support farm country needs during these difficult times.”