The undersigned organizations represent millions of farmers and ranchers, sportsmen and women, fish and wildlife professionals, conservationists, foresters, landowners, apparel and food and beverage companies. We congratulate the Farm Bill Conferees, the Chairs and Ranking Members of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees, and their staff for coming to an agreement on a 2018 Farm Bill that includes strong provisions to enhance the voluntary conservation efforts of our producers and private landowners.
As you well know, the agriculture and rural economy is under significant financial stress. The long-term planning and sustainability efforts of farmers, ranchers, and other landowners depends on the certainty given by a 2018 Farm Bill and its conservation provisions.
We applaud this Farm Bill agreement’s fully funded Conservation Title. This agreement bolsters priority programs which play a critical role in supporting producers as they strive to make good management decisions for the sustainability of their land, water, and wildlife habitat.
We look forward to working with Congress to ensure the timely passage of this bill and the continued success of its popular and effective conservation programs.