Eight farmers, ranchers and landowners will be recognized in a series of ads starting Sunday for their actions to protect farmland from sprawl, conserve wildlife habitats, and maintain clean air and water. The ads are sponsored by Environmental Defense.
"The farmers, ranchers and forest landowners featured in these advertisements represent tens of thousands of farmers taking steps to meet our nation's environmental challenges," says Scott Faber, Farm Policy Campaign Director for Environmental Defense. "These farmers, ranchers and forest landowners are 'everyday environmental heroes' who deserve our thanks for their stewardship."
The farmers, ranchers and forest landowners from the ads will join other producers from and Environmental Defense staff on Capitol Hill Thursday, to urge Congress to reform farm policies to provide new incentives for land stewardship when Congress renews the Farm Bill.
"We cannot hope to meet some of the nation's biggest environmental challenges unless we reward land stewardship," Faber said. "Farmers, ranchers and forest landowners are doing their part. Unfortunately, as a result of our misplaced spending priorities, the U.S. Department of Agriculture rejects three-out-of-four farmers, ranchers and forest landowners who offer to share the cost of clean water, clean air, open spaces, and wildlife habitat. Renewal of the Farm Bill this year is a chance to help our farmers, ranchers and forest landowners when they offer to help the environment."