February 27, 2012
National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition
For Immediate Release
February 27, 2012
Contact: Ferd Hoefner
NSAC Comment on Conservation Letter
Washington, D.C. February 27, 2012 — Today over 600 farm and conservation groups wrote to the leaders of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees urging support for a strong conservation title in the 2012 Farm Bill. The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition is a signatory. The link to the letter is attached below.
NSAC Policy Director Ferd Hoefner offered these additional comments:
“Today’s letter is an important show of unity from the farm conservation community. Mounting production and climate pressures make the upcoming farm bill the most important ever from a conservation standpoint. We need a Triple Crown conservation title – one with strong funding, substantive policy improvements, and a reinvigorated and broadened conservation compliance regime. The combination of conservation programs that will disappear without renewed funding and a shrinking land retirement program means we need to have a new farm bill this year, not an extension of the current bill. Kicking the can down the road will make the situation far worse from a budgetary standpoint. Efforts last fall to put together a new conservation title set the stage for further improvements this year that should be added as the bill makes its way through the regular farm bill process. We are proud to join with so many national, regional and local organizations in bringing the need for a strong farm bill conservation title to Congress’ attention on the eve of the Senate Agriculture Committee’s conservation title hearing.”
The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition is a grassroots alliance that advocates for federal policy reform supporting the long-term social, economic, and environmental sustainability of agriculture, natural resources, and rural communities.