On Monday, the House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry Subcommittee held a hearing on the successes of voluntary conservation efforts to improve the health of the Chesapeake Bay. The National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) is pleased to see action being taken in discussing the positive effects of voluntary conservation practices on the environment, particularly with recent successes of efforts to improve the health of the Chesapeake Bay. Independent reports have shown positive trends in water quality, habitat, and ecosystems in the Chesapeake Bay, due to a focused conservation effort by the NRCS with voluntary investment and participation from farmers. In the Bay watershed alone, the NRCS has invested over $890 million federal conservation funding since 2009, while farmers voluntarily contribute financial and management resources, increasing the investment by about $400 million. With state and local governments providing substantial assistance, conservation practices have been successfully implemented in the Bay area. NAWG encourages Congress to continue support for investment in voluntary conservation practices, as it allows farmers to flexibly participate in conservation without unnecessary restrictions and regulatory burdens, while also actively improving the environment in tangible and positive ways.