Farm Bill Conservation Programs Forum Focused on the West: Summary of Recommendations (2011)

In 2011, the Intermountain West Joint Venture, Partners for Conservation, and the University of Montana College of Forestry and Conservation hosted a Farm Bill Conservation Programs focused on the West forum (Forum) in Bozeman, Montana. The purpose of the Forum was to bring together landowner leaders and conservation partners from 13 western states to identify conservation priorities and provide recommendations for improving Farm Bill conservation programs, particulary with respect to 2012 Farm Bill reauthorization. Forum funding was provided by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.

The purpose of this report is to summarize and present recommendations for the 2012 Farm Bill, as articulated by private landowner leaders in the West. The goal is to work with Congressional decision makers to achieve more with less--from a societal, economic, and conservation perspective--through efficient and effective Farm Bill implementation.

Eight (8) recommendations from the Forum are presented in this report.

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IWJV (2011)