“With the right tools, including a new food, farm and jobs bill, there is much more we can achieve in the years to come,” says USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack.

“Natural resource conservation is paramount to the ongoing strength of our nation. Healthy soil contributes to agricultural productivity. Healthy forests clean our water and air. Vibrant waterways are critical for our health, for transportation and for trade. Investments into conservation spur job growth and community development, particularly in rural areas.

“This is an uncertain time for USDA conservation activities. Congress has not yet passed a comprehensive food, farm and jobs bill that would continue to invest in conservation efforts, while providing rural America with certainty regarding many other important programs.”

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