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senate Bill S. 478

Hunter and Farmer Protection Act of 2017

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Hunter and Farmer Protection Act of 2017

Official Title

A bill to amend the Migratory Bird Treaty Act to prohibit baiting exemptions on certain land.


Hunter and Farmer Protection Act of 2017 This bill amends the Migratory Bird Treaty Act to revise standards for determining what constitutes baiting for purposes of the prohibition on taking migratory game birds. A baited area, in the case of waterfowl, cranes, and coots, includes a standing, unharvested crop that has been manipulated through activities such as mowing, discing, or rolling, unless the activities are normal agricultural practices. An area is not considered to be a baited area if it: (1) has been treated with a normal agricultural practice, (2) has standing crops that have not been manipulated, or (3) has standing crops that have been or are flooded. The Department of Agriculture (USDA) must submit to the Department of the Interior a report on changes to normal agricultural practices across the range of crops grown by agricultural producers in each region of the United States in which USDA harvest practice recommendations are provided to agricultural producers.

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      Committee on Environment and Public Works
    IntroducedMarch 1st, 2017
    Background (from the senator who proposed the legistaltion): "In 2012, farmers in east Arkansas were forced to harvest their [rice] crop early because of a regional drought. Late summer rains then yielded a second growth crop, commonly known as ‘ratoon rice’. Local cooperative extension offices across the state advised these farmers to roll their fields—or plow the rice stubble under the soil—, in order to return nutrients to the soil. Under U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service regulations, this is considered to be ‘baiting the field’—or attempting to draw ducks and other animals to their farms for sport." which is illegal. So this bill seeks to amend the migratory bird treaty act to redefine "baited area" so that it doesn't apply to areas that have "been treated with normal agricultural practice... Has standing crops that have not been manipulated: or has standing crops that have been or are flooded". (Biased) Source:
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    There should be a way for the farmer to manage a crop so that they are within the law while managing their land. Either change the existing law or revise its interpretation.
    The fact that TOM COTTON is behind this bill automatically raise red flags. Nope. Keep it as is. Any changes to the law regarding migratory birds and possibly letting farmers bait them as part of their land management is a no. This was their land first. Thanks!