Biden’s 30×30 plan sparks skepticism from group of farmers and state political leaders | Grand Island Local News
According to the USDA, under the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (also known as the Farm Act of 2018), the Congressional Budget Office estimates mandatory conservation spending at $ 29.5 billion over five years. Much of this is in the form of incentives for farmers to adopt conservation measures on their lands.
According to the Nebraska Wildlife Federation, more than 95% of Nebraska’s land is private farms and ranches, with 19 million acres of main crops and over 22 million acres of pasture and range. Less than 2% of Nebraska’s land mass is made up of public parks, recreation areas, national grasslands and forests, wildlife management areas, and wildlife refuges.
NWF said the Farm Bill conservation programs provide more than $ 150 million per year to help state landowners protect wetlands and grasslands, change farming practices, better manage grasslands, to reduce their use of pesticides and to plant buffer strips along waterways.
The organization said it was the largest source of money available for habitat and conservation of fish and wildlife in Nebraska.
NWF said the conservation reserve program, wetland reserve program and grassland reserve program have provided more than one million acres of wildlife habitat in Nebraska, which is more than all of the lands of federal, state and local parks, wildlife areas, grasslands, forests and refuges established.