Support Conservation Funding
Dear [Decision Maker],
As Congress works on fiscal year 2015 spending, support for farmland conservation programs must be a top priority. Farm bill conservation programs have never been more important for family farmers and their communities.
Conservation programs offer crucial support for voluntary efforts to protect water quality, conserve soil, and protect working agricultural lands. These programs not only conserve and protect our nation's natural resources, they also help keep America's working lands in the hands of farm families for generations.
The recently passed 2014 Farm Bill already included $4 billion in savings from conservation, and sequestration cuts which will occur over the next ten years will cut an additional $2 billion. In FY 2015 alone, sequestration cuts to farmland conservation programs will generate more than $265 million in savings. These important programs are just beginning to be implemented under the new law and should not be cut further.
Thank you for your support for farmland conservation funding to continue these important benefits for years to come.
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