It’s time to put politics aside. For the sake of producers, consumers, and the land that sustains us all, American Farmland Trust is strongly urging Congress to come together and get the Farm Bill done before the end of 2018.
If Congress fails to act on the Farm Bill this year, many important programs that provide farmers and ranchers with opportunities to protect their land, address environmental concerns, expand markets, and improve profitability will remain in limbo. This will have significant, negative consequences for many farmers and ranchers, and the communities in which they live.
At risk is funding for the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program, a critically important federal conservation program implemented by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. The Agricultural Land Easement subprogram is arguably the most cost-effective program in the Conservation Title, leveraging state and local funds to purchase agricultural easements from farmers and ranchers.
Restoring annual funding of ACEP to the $500 million level, as it was in 2017, gives farmers, ranchers, and communities a chance to protect the farmland and ranchland that sustains them and all of us. At this year’s funding level of $250 million, 93 percent of applications went unfunded. Failure to increase funding, and delay in getting that funding out to communities, means productive farmland and ranchland will be lost permanently to development.
Please sign this petition and let your Congress members know that you support full ACEP funding and want legislators to take action on the Farm Bill before the end of 2018. No Farms, No Food!
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