Farm groups that represent millions of farmers and ranchers across the country have come together to form a new coalition committed to environmental and economic sustainability. Called Farmers for a Sustainable Future, the coalition hopes to serve as a primary resource for lawmakers and policymakers as they consider climate policies. One important task is to share with elected officials, media, and the public the strides agriculture has already made to reduce the environmental footprint.
American Soybean Association CEO Ryan Findlay said, “Soybean farmers have an awesome story to tell, including their sustainability initiatives, so it’s great to be able to collaborate with like-minded organizations to facilitate sound policy and program decisions and have a platform to share our efforts.”
The National Council of Farmer Cooperatives is also a part of the coalition. Chuck Conner, President and CEO of the NCFC, says, “This effort is important as policymakers at both the state and federal levels, and our partners in the value chain develop programs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and address climate change.”
“Twenty-one agricultural groups are now standing side-by-side in unity to correct a false narrative that’s haunted us for as long as I can remember,” according to National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Vice President of Government Affairs Ethan Lane.
The National Pork Producers Council says farmers and ranchers are “committed stewards of the land” and leading the way in climate-smart farming.