Conservation Programs Present And Future


U-S-D-A’S NATURAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION
SERVICE PROGRAMS HELP PRODUCERS AND OTHER LANDOWNERS PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT. N-R-C-S
CHIEF DAVE WHITE SAYS DECREASED SUPPORT FOR THOSE PROGRAMS WOULD HAMPER THAT EFFORT.If
we lacked the financial wherewithal to assist producers it would be severely damaging for
private land conservation in the United States. We believe that the fate of the environment
will be determined by the men and women who own and operate that land and the millions
of individual decisions they make every single day. And the better informed they are, the
more help we can give them, the better chance we have of keeping our land productive into
the future.AND WHITE SAYS THOSE LANDOWNERS WHO HELP PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT NEED TO KNOW
THEY WON’T BE ADVERSELY AFFECTED BY GOVERNMENT REGULATIONS.I think we’ve got to change
the whole regulatory mindset to working with people to do the right thing and in return
for that, they don’t have to fear regulation. Somebody coming in and telling them what they
are going to do. Because frankly all the conservation in the world is not going to do you any good
if our farmers and ranchers and woodland owners cannot stay in business.WHITE SAYS N-R-C-S
PROGRAMS WILL BE ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT IN ADDRESSING LONG TERM ENVIRONMENTAL CHALLENGES.I think
the biggest challenge we as a nation face in the coming decade is going to be water.
Water quality is going to be huge. Equal to that is the issue of water quantity. So one
of the key things in order to address water quality, water quantity is the health and
resilience of our soils and we’re going to make a major effort to try to improve that.N-R-C-S
PROGRAMS CURRENTLY AFFECT MORE THAN TWENTY SEVEN POINT SEVEN MILLION ACRES IN THE UNITED
STATES. FOR THE U-S DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, I’M BOB ELLISON.

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