The National Association of Conservation Districts is urging Congress to support full funding for conservation programs in the 2008 Farm Bill. These programs provide assistance for farmers, ranchers and forest landowners to address local natural resource concerns while producing food, fuel, feed and fiber for the world's growing population. According to NACD full funding of Farm Bill conservation programs will help ensure the continuation and success of these locally-led efforts to provide critical natural resource benefits for communities.
Conservation districts work with millions of cooperating landowners and operators to manage and protect land and water resources. NACD President Steve Robinson, wrote Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman David Inouye, D-Hawaii, and Ranking Member Thad Cochran, R-Miss., that applied conservation on the nation's farms, ranches and private forestlands provides clean water, healthy, productive soils and wildlife habitat, and other important public benefits that should not be lost.
Robinson says cuts to these important programs will weaken efforts to increase the adoption of conservation practices on the ground. He concluded that the health of our land, water and soil are too important to be put on the back-burner.