Sometimes less is more. If we want broad support for effective and efficient conservation programs on working agricultural lands, we need fewer programs. Having a plethora of programs dilutes both the support for and efficiency of individual programs.
This is the right time to make changes. The budget is tight. The 2008 Farm Bill is expiring. Everything is on the table. The stars have aligned, and we need to take advantage of this opportunity to fine tune our agricultural conservation programs to provide increased environmental benefits over the next five years.