Agriculture has always been the bedrock of our society. With our global population exploding in the coming decades, agriculture will continue to be of central importance in addressing our food, feed, fiber and fuel needs.
The critical question of what will happen to agriculture in the new millennia under the predictable challenges coming from population increase, climate change, resource depletion and energy insecurity has recently emerged as a point of urgent attention.
No major conservation problem in our country can be solved without the contribution of farmers and ranchers. These programs are both proactive and reactive: they stimulate environmental benefits and help producers deal with regulatory pressure