Farm Policy Roundup – October 17, 2014

AFT Supports Vision for Cover Crops and Soil Health

iStock_000016498995SmallAmerican Farmland Trust has joined a diverse coalition of agriculture and conservation groups in delivering ”A Common Vision Statement on Cover Crops and Soil Health” to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to urge further work on cover crops and soil health across relevant department agencies and major program areas.

“Cover crops and soil health have been capturing the attention and involvement of farmers and organizations all across the U.S.,” stated the groups. “These practices represent a systems-based approach to enhancing crop production and profitability, protection of soil and water resources, and land stewardship.”

Specifically, the vision statement encourages USDA to broadly support cover crops and soil health, including through a comprehensive strategic plan with clear, outcome-based goals for research, education, extension, data collection, financial and technical assistance, credit, risk management, and other relevant policies and programs.

The vision statement aligns with AFT’s continued work to promote soil health and adoption of cover crops in many states including Illinois, New York and Virginia.

Final Post for Farm Policy Roundup

This will be my final week writing American Farmland Trust’s Farm Policy Roundup. Beginning October 27, I will be joining the staff of the National Association of Conservation Districts as the organization’s Chief Operating Officer. It has been my humble privilege to serve American Farmland Trust and its supporters as Director of Federal Policy over the last two years.

I am proud that we have accomplished much together during that time. However the work to protect and conserve America’s farmland remains more important than ever. I look forward to continuing my agriculture and conservation work in partnership with such a vital organization as American Farmland Trust.

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