The National Congress of American Indians calls for an Indian Agriculture Act to have USDA to apply its farm, rural development, and other programs to create a private-based, agriculture-focused economy on rural Indian reservations.
As many as 50,000 farms could receive federal financial help this year in establishing or enhancing conservation practices that benefit their operations and also provide a public environmental benefit.
The Sacramento region exemplifies the critical role being played by the agriculture sector to drive a regions export and local economies, as well as complement local land use and community development goals.
Investing in federal forest timber products is the most productive way of producing jobs of any federal program since each $1 million invested in the federal timber products budget produces 39.7 jobs, a ratio is better than investing in mass transit, building roads or even investing in biomass.
America's deficit and national debt problems can't be solved by cuts in discretionary areas like food programs, farm programs, or earmarks without addressing the four root causes of the deficit and debt problems: Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and Defense.
American Farmland Trust, USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service and Farm Foundation NFP will host the National Agricultural Landscapes Forum to discuss strategies to improve agricultural conservation policies.