April 22, 2015

Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106

WASHINGTON (April 22, 2015) – National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson today saluted Earth Day and family farmers, ranchers and fisherman for their role in protecting the earth while providing the world with a safe and abundant food supply.

“America’s family farmers and ranchers are the original conservationists, working to preserve and cultivate our natural resources while providing the world with the safest, most affordable and abundant food supply available,” said Johnson. “Earth Day is a celebration of clean air, land and water, and today we salute family agriculture for its contributions to a cleaner environment and sustainable food supply for everyone.”

Johnson said that family farmers and ranchers have historically been this nation’s best soil and water conservationists when given the economic incentives and flexibility necessary to do so.

“Conservation programs should be fully funded to benefit the environment, reward stewardship of land and water resources and marine habitat, discourage speculative development of fragile land resources, strengthen family farming, and enhance rural communities,” said Johnson.

National Farmers Union has been working since 1902 to protect and enhance the economic well-being and quality of life for family farmers, ranchers and rural communities through advocating grassroots-driven policy positions adopted by its membership.


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