Help Support the Farm Bill and Good Fishing :: By Russ Schnitzer, Trout Unlimited

Trout Unlimited needs your help – please visit our online action center now to support the Farm Bill. As one of the nation’s most cost-effective and successful conservation programs, the Farm Bill protects great fishing by putting more water into rivers and creating quality stream habitat through improved agricultural management practices.

And it is in jeopardy. Some lawmakers are using today’s budget climate to threaten conservation programs in the Farm Bill.  You can help by contacting your members of Congress today and urging them to support the Senate Agriculture Committee proposal that includes reasonable reductions to conservation programs without undermining their effectiveness entirely.


Simply put, the Farm Bill’s conservation programs improve agricultural land and water management and that means better fishing. With the support of Farm Bill programs, TU works tirelessly with ranchers and farmers to upgrade irrigation systems, adopt stream-friendly management practices, and enhance both habitat and agricultural operations. This means more water in rivers, better riparian habitat, and strong rural communities which are the backbone of the places we love to fish.

In short, these programs work – for ranchers and farmers, for rural communities, for anglers and hunters, for all Americans who care about reviving our economy and keeping our lakes, wetlands, and rivers and streams healthy. They’re proof that conservation works for America.


  1. Visit our online action center now and send an email to your state congressional delegation expressing your support for Farm Bill conservation programs. This is an easy action step—and your email will make a difference!
  2. Or feel free to use the model letter and information you find there as a basis for your own personal letter or email explaining why sportsmen care about Farm Bill provisions.
  3. Learn more about Why TU Supports the Farm Bill.

Thank you for taking a stand to protect our ranches, farms and outdoor heritage! To learn more about TU’s conservation work on farms and ranches, go to


Russ Schnitzer
Agriculture Policy Advisor
Trout Unlimited

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