TWS Policy Brief Series Expands to Farm Bill Programs

By TWS’s Government Affairs Team

Nine Pine Ranch
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The Policy Brief Series, TWS’ go-to resource for federal policies and programs, welcomes new additions. Members of The Wildlife Society can now readily access information regarding two Farm Bill programs; the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) and the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).

Download the policy briefs to learn more about ACEP and EQIP, both valuable programs that help landowners conserve natural resources through federal financial and technical assistance.

ACEP is a brand new program within the Farm Bill which combines several former easement programs – including the grassland reserve program and the popular wetland reserve program. EQIP, a program included in previous farm bills, underwent several changes in the 2014 version, and now encompasses funding for wildlife-focused conservation practices that were previously under the Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP). Each policy brief provides more details on each of these programs, including how they impact wildlife and wildlife professionals.

The Government Affairs team is currently working on additional policy briefs on both American and Canadian conservation policy. The complete Policy Brief Series, along with other policy resources, can be accessed at wildlife.org/policy.