Economic Benefits Report & Farmbillnow.com
If you were at Rally, we hope you heard the inspiring Farm Bill call-to-action relayed by the recipients of the Land Trust Excellence Award. If Congress fails to enact a Farm Bill in December, we could lose $500 million for land trusts to buy conservation easements. Fortunately, we have some exciting new tools to share:
New Report Showcases Economic Benefits of Ag Easements
Is there a tie between agricultural land easements and the economic success of surrounding communities? Check out our new report, funded by NRCS:
The report features four Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program projects from across the country that illustrate a direct and quantifiable link between easements and the economic vitality of their regions. Consider sharing the report with your representative's agriculture staffer. More.
Can You Spare 2 Minutes? Take action at Farmbillnow.com
There's a new, easier way to support passage of a Farm Bill that would provide $1.58 billion for land trusts to buy easements:
- Visit www.farmbillnow.com and enter your address
- You'll see a pop up box with easy options to sign a petition and/or send a social media post to your representative
- Pick a custom message to highlight conservation programs.
You might consider mentioning the new economic benefits report in your tweet or wall post, for example:
@YourRep Check out the economic benefits of Farm Bill conservation easements: http://bit.ly/OLcOqG. We need a #FarmBillNow!
Don't assume your rep. is already on-board or unattainable. This vote won't break down along party lines, so outreach to any rep, including yours, could make a big difference. Read and see video of the call-to-action relayed from Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) at the Land Trust Excellence Award presentation.
Learn more about Farm Bill conservation programs at www.lta.org/farmbill.
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