WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congress should strengthen its commitment to Farm Bill conservation programs by doubling their funding in its budget reconciliation package, a broad coalition of 216 conservation, farmer and rancher, sportsmen, and wildlife groups urged in a new letter.
“Farm Bill conservation programs are routinely oversubscribed. Demand for conservation on 13.8 million acres goes unmet because of inadequate funding every year,” the coalition wrote in the letter. “Additionally, our current programs meet only a fraction of the need for voluntary conservation on the landscape. That’s why we are urging Congress to double the investment in Farm Bill conservation programs and to ramp up conservation technical assistance funding in a corresponding manner.”
The letter’s signatories are the National Wildlife Federation, Alliance for the Great Lakes, Altamaha Riverkeeper (Georgia), American Farmland Trust, American Fisheries Society, American Grassfed Association, American Woodcock Society, Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Arkansas Wildlife Federation, Association of State Floodplain Managers, Atlanta Coyote Project, Beaverdam Creek Watershed Watch Group (Maryland), Bee Girl Organization, Bird Conservancy of the Rockies, Blue Ridge Land Conservancy, Breathe Project, California Climate and Agriculture Network, California Farmers Union, California Waterfowl Association, Capital Region Land Conservancy, Carbon180, Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, Center for Rural Affairs, Chemung Valley Audubon Society (New York), Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Chesapeake Conservancy, Chesapeake Legal Alliance, Chesapeake Wildlife Heritage, Clean Fairfax , Clean Water Linganore, Inc. (Maryland), Climate Land Leaders, Climate Reality Project Susquehanna Valley PA Chapter, Coastal Enterprises LLC, Colorado Wildlife Federation, Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA), Conservation Coalition of Oklahoma, Conservation Resource Alliance (Michigan), Coosa River Basin Initiative, Cypress Chapter Inc. of the Izaak Walton League of America, Defenders of Wildlife, Delaware Nature Society, Delaware Valley Ornithological Club, Delta Waterfowl, E2 (Environmental Entrepreneurs), Earth Force, Earthjustice, Environmental Defense Fund, Environmental Law & Policy Center, Environmental Working Group, Ernst Conservation Seeds, Farm to Table – New Mexico, Izaak Walton League of America – Florida Division, Florida Keys Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America, Florida Wildlife Federation, Inc., Food and Agriculture Committee, Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter, Food Animal Concerns Trust, Food Democracy Now!, Foodshed Capital, Forever Maryland, Friends of Family Farmers (Oregon), Friends of the Mississippi River, Gallatin Valley Land Trust, Georgia Wildlife Federation, Goose Creek Association, Grassland Groupies (Kansas), Grassworks (Wisconsin), Green State Solutions (Iowa), Harpeth Conservancy, Hawaii Farmers Union United, Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Association, Hazon, Healthy Gulf, Heart of the Rockies Initiative, Idaho Wildlife Federation, Illinois Council of Trout Unlimited, Izaak Walton League – Illinois Division, Illinois Stewardship Alliance, Izaak Walton League of America – Indiana Division, Indiana Sportsmens Roundtable, Indiana Wildlife Federation, Influence Advocacy LLC, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, Iowa Environmental Council, Iowa Wildlife Federation, Island Grown Initiative, Izaak Walton League of America, Izaak Walton League of America – Geneseo Chapter (Illinois), Izaak Walton League of America – Grand Island Chapter, Izaak Walton League of America – Oregon Division, Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future, Kalmiopsis Audubon Society (Oregon), Kansas Farmers Union, Kansas Wildlife Federation, Lancaster Clean Water Partners, Lancaster Farmland Trust, Land For Good, Land Stewardship Project (Minnesota), Land Trust Alliance, League of Conservation Voters, Louisiana Hypoxia Working Group, Louisiana Wildlife Federation, Lower Susquehanna Riverkeeper Association, Maine Farmland Trust, Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, Maryland Bird Conservation Partnership, Maryland Ornithological Society, Mass Audubon, Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, Michigan Audubon, Michigan Farmers Union, Milwaukee Riverkeeper, Minnesota Conservation Federation, Izaak Walton League of America – Minnesota Division, Minnesota Environmental Partnership, Minnesota Farmers Union, Mississippi River Network, Mississippi River Trust, Mississippi Wildlife Federation, Missouri Farmers Union, Missouri Prairie Foundation, Missouri River Bird Observatory, Missouri Stream Team Watershed Coalition, Montana Farmers Union, Montana Organic Association, Montana Wildlife Federation, National Association of Conservation Districts, National Audubon Society, National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative, National Center for Appropriate Technology, National Deer Association, National Farmers Union, National Organic Coalition, National Parks Conservation Association, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, National Young Farmers Coalition, Native Prairies Association of Texas, Natural Resources Defense Council, NatureServe, Nebraska Farmers Union, Nebraska Wildlife Federation, Neighboring Food Co-op Association, Nevada Wildlife Federation, New England Farmers Union, New Mexico Food & Agriculture Policy Council, New York State Ornithological Association, North American Grouse Partnership, North Dakota Farmers Union, North Dakota Wildlife Federation, Northeast Organic Farming Association-Interstate Council, Northern Virginia Conservation Trust, Northwest Farmers Union, Ohio Conservation Federation, Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association, Ohio Environmental Council, Ohio Farmers Union, Onondaga Audubon (New York), Oregon Climate and Agriculture Network, Organic Farmers Association, Organic Farming Research Foundation, Our Santa Fe River, Pasa Sustainable Agriculture, PennFuture, Penns Valley Conservation Association, Pennsylvania Council of Churches, Izaak Walton League of America – Pennsylvania Division, Pesticide Action Network, Pinelands Preservation Alliance (New Jersey), Pollinator Partnership, Porter County, Indiana Chapter- Izaak Walton League, Potomac Conservancy, Prairie Rivers Network, Quivira Coalition, Rachel Carson Council, River Network, Rivertown Coalition for Clean Air and Water (Pennsylvania), Rockbridge Area Conservation Council , Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, Ruffed Grouse Society, Rural Coalition, Salem Audubon Society , Savanna Institute, Saving Birds Thru Habitat, Sierra Club, Slow Food USA, Sociedad Ornitologica Puertorriquena, Soil and Water Conservation Society, Soque River Watershed Association (Georgia), South Carolina Wildlife Federation, South Dakota Wildlife Federation, Southeast Rural Community Assistance Project , Southeastern Massachusetts Agricultural Partnership , Sustainable Food Center (Texas), Sustainable Monarch, Texas Conservation Alliance, The Breakthrough Institute, The Conservation Fund, The Nature Conservancy, The Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts, Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, Trout Unlimited, Union of Concerned Scientists, Unitarian Universalist Church of Roanoke, Utah Wildlife Federation, Vermont Center for Ecostudies, Virginia Association for Biological Farming, Virginia Conservation Network, Izaak Walton League of America – Virginia Division, Waterkeepers Chesapeake, Western Landowners Alliance, Wild Farm Alliance, Wildlife Management Institute, Wildlife Mississippi, Wisconsin Farmers Union, World Wildlife Fund, Wyoming Wildlife Federation, and Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.