Letter urges elected officials working on the farm bill to provide the greatest possible priority for conservation programs in the funding and structuring of farm bill reauthorization.
A total of 643 organizations, representing tens of millions of Americans, expressed strong support for the Conservation Title of the U.S. Farm Bill in a letter sent to Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), chairwoman of the Senate Agriculture Committee; and Frank Lucas (R-OK), chairman of the House Agriculture Committee; as well as the ranking members of those committees.
The letter states that, "In our vast collective experience as landowners, farmers, ranchers, forest managers, agricultural and forest businesses, hunters and anglers, local and state government officials, and non-profit organizations representing a wide range of interests, we can say, without any doubt, that the programs within the Conservation Title work cost-effectively to serve the short and long-term interests of the American people."
On behalf of the signers, 10 agricultural, forestry, and conservation organizations that coordinated distribution of the letter said that, "Farm bill conservation programs provide a multitude of benefits for every region of America, not the least of which is helping landowners stay on the land as stewards of America's legacy of natural resources. We, and all the signers of this letter, urge the Agriculture Committees to reauthorize the farm bill in a manner that sustains conservation funding to meet our national needs. The conservation efforts in the farm bill are critical to a strong economy, healthy and productive rural lands and vibrant communities. We appreciate the leadership of the chairmen and ranking members of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees on this issue."
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