Why Is Conservation Important?

The House has adopted a 2012 budget that disproportionately impacts conservation on our nation’s farms and ranches!

waterWe need a strong, consistent farm policy that includes funding for conservation. But the short-sighted 2012 spending bill approved by the House threatens to pull the rug out from under conservation funding, a key area needed to help farmers and ranchers safeguard our environment and protect their land.

Why do you feel conservation funding is important? Share your comments and help us build a strong message as we prepare to reach out to the Senate and ensure that they deal more fairly with funding that impacts America’s farms and ranches.

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23 thoughts on “Why Is Conservation Important?

  1. Karlene Gunter

    We need farmland conservation because without it we are constantly loosing some of our best farmland, If this keeps up, at sometime in the future, we won’t have enough farmland to feed all Americans. No other country has such vast resources of good farmland. That is, we can’t count on any other country to provide us with enough food to eat. Once gone, some farmland can never be recovered. We need to conserve farmland, not use it up.

  2. Richard DiMatteo

    One of the places I do nearly all of my vegetable and fruit shopping is at farmer’s markets that feature food that has been produced in areas near to where they are sold and often are picked the day before or day of sale. The conservation of such small scale, mostly organic, or at least pesticide free, food deserves a full and complete effort.

  3. Ernie McLaney

    Just as in past civilizations, we think that something or someone will take care of this and that our intelligent government leaders will do the right thing for the long term. Truth is, it is “we the people” that must be the change and take appropriate actions and make those daily choices that will sustain the balance of human life, biodiversity, and the natural systems that we so depend upon.

  4. Angie Winkleman

    We only have one planet, Earth, to sustain us, our offspring,every other living creature, and their offspring. If we don’t conserve and protect not only the farms and ranches, but every little nook and cranny that is left unpopulated, not only will we perish from the lack of food and clean water, so too will all of the planet’s other residents and eventually …the Good Earth itself.

  5. Larry D. Butler

    My professional life has been spent helping landowners & managers with conservation on private lands. It has not been just a job, it has been a passion. A passion for conservation that comes with education and experience concerning the benefits of conservation, not just for the landowner but, for all of us. Without conservation on the farms, ranches, and wildlands of this nation we would not enjoy clean and abundant water, clean air, wildlife habitat and healthy populations, healthy soils that are worked and managed in a sustainable manner to produce the food and fiber that our citizens and citizens of other countries need. Private landowners are the stewards of these natural resources and they need technical and financial resources in order to make decisions daily. Conservation is a never-ending task as weather, natural forces, and daily management decisions can have huge impacts on the land’s ability to provide its services not only today but into the future. Thanks for the opportunity to provide a few comments on the subject that should have hours, days, weeks, and months of discussion to reach full understanding of the benefits and necessity of conservation.
    Dr. Larry D. Butler, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, State Conservationist, Texas (retired); currently private consultant.

  6. Barbara Viken

    Above comments are certainly valid. It still burns me up that Santa Clara Valley, which used to be a fabulous agricultural area, is now covered with houses and cement.

  7. Kim

    Millions of acres of historic, rural,farmlands, with wetlands,forests,natural springs, wildlife and much more are in danger of being devoured by development and/or annexed into metro Chattanooga,Cleveland in the SE Tn, NW Georgia areas now or in the future. These areas need National preservation, and protections, having some of the most arable lands in the USA, and have history including civil war,War of 1812,French and Indian war,Revolutionary war,etc., and other Native American history also. We need more agritoursim, heritage,equine, tourism. We do not need more sprawl,(spot) rezoning, real estate developments, or expansions,,travel development/expansions, or urbanization of any kind in or around these areas. We do not need more development in and/or around the SE Hamilton Co.,SW Bradley Co.,Apison, Cohutta, and other areas, in and around these! We need official preservation actions on a National level!

  8. Greg

    Conservation is something that needs to be practiced everywhere. Government money that we don’t have should not be spent. With the price of corn, soybeans, and in general all crops, farmers do not need to be paid to keep there land fallow. Good management practices will be practiced by good land managers. The government needs to trim the budget to spend less then they collect, or the USA will not be around in very short order.

  9. Claudia Chaffin

    Our farms and ranches and the families that work and sustain them are way important than energy independance. Yet the goverment gives them big tax breaks and probably more assitance than any of will ever be told. Last time I checked food was way more important to sustain life than oil. We need to keep food independance on top of the priority list and all the family farms that keep us healthy and alive. Yes family farms need our support. Do we really want to be at the mercy of big corporate farms controlling us any more than we unfortunately already are?

  10. Mitchell Dormont

    Budget cuts made necessary by the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy, the budget deficit has skyrocketed since those cuts took effect, are not the way to take care of conservation, or other of society’s needs. we need to end those tax breaks. Nothing “trickles down” as Ron Reagan suggested it would!

  11. Kathy Duke

    We must protect our farms and our environment. How short-sighted we must be if we don’t!

  12. Rick Provencio

    I don’t know much about agribusiness in general but I believe conservation programs may make it possible for existing farmers and ranchers to continue their work without the burden of property ownership. Not only is the land dedicated to agriculture, it is safe from takeover by big ag companies. Dr. Larry D. Butler’s knowledgeable comments sound right to me. Ernie McLaney’s comments ring true if “we the people” can voice our need for this government to do the right thing or at least not make it worse. When we return this country to a democracy from the plutocracy that exist now, “we the people” can and will do the right things.

  13. Janice Mitchell

    I wish our elected officials were not so short sighted.They will gladly bail-out big businesses that have billions and then take away from farmers and our future children by throwing away or cutting programs to cover the cost of taking care of the rich and undeserving.

  14. Grover Shade

    Farmers and ranchers are generally cash poor and land rich so they’re an easy target for developers. Washington needs to do everything possible to help them keep their land in production or food may the next thing we import from China.

  15. Al Travland

    Note to all Republican House members: You are cutting off your nose to spite your faces and shooting yourselves in the foot in the process!! Who do you think feeds the Beltway? Who feeds your families in your home district? Just in case you didn’t know, your food does not come from a corporate office! It comes from small, medium and large farming operations Whose economic health depends on the end of such stupidity!

  16. Pat Moore

    I buy as little agribusiness food as I can, preferring local and organic when possible. When we buy agribusiness food we say, yes,
    give me more of this.

    To buy from local farmers, especially those who grow for healthy food
    as well as profit, we encourage that industry. The health of our
    country is at stake.

  17. Thomas Grant

    I firmly believe that we need to work toward sustainable farming practices across the board to maintain any kind of living environment on this Earth. We are losing the arable land due to all kinds of environmental harms that have gone on for too long. I rent on farmland that is being used to grow crops, but the land is so spent that it will not grow like it used to, even with fertilizers and pesticides.

  18. Jennifer Mikels

    NO FARMS NO FOOD!!! That says it all. We need to protect our farms. We need to stop having our food shipped in from foreign countries. Who knows whats in it. America needs to take care of its own and stop helping all of these other countries. SAVE OUR FARMLAND!!!!

  19. Charlie

    Pray daily that a change of heart will lead to decisions made in the best interests of our country by our elected public officials. Only then will doing the right thing but making the most difficult choice become the law of the land and we will learn that we are not here to possess reality but to understand that the earth is a gift to be shared, preserved and protected for the benefit of the many…….We will also be grateful to those noble stewards of the farms and ranches who practice daily the meaning and responsibility of leadership…

  20. Ralph Fazzio

    If these cuts affect independent farmers then this is a travesty. Small farms are the lifeblood of our food chain.

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