S.478 - Hunter and Farmer Protection Act of 2017115th Congress (2017-2018)
|Sponsor:||Sen. Cotton, Tom [R-AR] (Introduced 03/01/2017)|
|Committees:||Senate - Environment and Public Works|
|Latest Action:||Senate - 03/01/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works. (All Actions)|
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Summary: S.478 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)All Information (Except Text)
Introduced in Senate (03/01/2017)
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.