Wildfire protection talks could upend farm bill


National News

November 28, 2018 - 11:35 AM

WASHINGTON (TNS)  — An increasingly fierce debate about how to prevent deadly wildfires in California is threatening to endanger crucial crop insurance for farmers in Kansas and Missouri.

In the wake of wildfires that killed at least 88 people this month, President Donald Trump’s administration is pressuring Congress to include provisions in the farm policy bill that would roll back regulations on forest-thinning projects  — a move the administration says would save lives and property.

“We cannot waste a crisis. … We need to treat more acres,” U.S. Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen said Monday while visiting Paradise, Calif., where hundreds remain missing after the Camp Fire tore through the Northern California town earlier this month.

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