WASHINGTON (June 21, 2011) – National Farmers Union (NFU) Vice President of Government Relations Chandler Goule spoke to attendees of the Biogas East and Midwest 2011 Conference today about energy programs in the 2012 Farm Bill and potential challenges that those programs face.
“Programs such as the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) have become very popular recently,” said Goule. “EQIP provides financial and technical assistance to producers to help plan and implement conservation practices. Unfortunately, the Fiscal Year 2012 budget that just passed the U.S. House of Representatives cuts EQIP funding twenty percent from what was authorized in the 2008 Farm Bill. These budget cuts also affect the program going forward, reducing the baseline in the 2012 Farm Bill.”