Congress will be discussing the 2018 Farm Bill soon (in fact, they already are in private, at least that is what I have read). I encourage everyone to take a few minutes to contact your Senators and House Rep and let them know you support increased acreage in conservation easement programs in the bill. Here is what I sent, feel free to modify it as you like. Nothing fancy, just lets them know that their constituents care about these programs. If you're thinking "eh, whatever" - here is a stat from the USDA on duck production - CRP matters! Prairie Pothole Ducks – Researchers from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service estimated that the CRP contributed to a net increase of about 2 million additional ducks per year (30 percent increase in duck production) since 1992 in North Dakota, South Dakota, and North- eastern Montana. You can find your elected officials here: https://www.govtrack.us/congress/members Hello <Senator/ Rep. XYZ>! I would like to express my support for the conservation easement programs that are funded via the Farm Bill. I am a duck, pheasant, small game and big game hunter. CRP and associated easement programs have made a huge difference in things like nest success for ducks and pheasant and there are also great environmental impacts from protecting these areas such as reduced nitrogen runoff. They are a shining example of what can be done when the government and private sector work hand in hand. Please advocate funding the programs to the fullest extent possible as discussions for the 2018 farm bill open so that we can do our part to ensure wildlife and wild places for generations to come. Thank you and best regards, <YOUR NAME HERE>.