Representatives of the Arizona Public Lands Council, California Farm Bureau Federation, Trout Unlimited, Wyoming Stock Growers Association, The Nature Conservancy, Environmental Defense Fund, Family Farm Alliance, Public Lands Council and the Irrigation Association agreed on Saturday, February 25,subject to the approval of their Boards, to form the Western Agriculture and Conservation Coalition to advocate for balanced management of resources in the rural west.
The goals of the Coalition would be to support the common interests of agriculture and conservation through targeted education, advocacy, and outreach and to engage decision makers and resource managers in the spirit of collaboration to further a shared vision for a rural west that is economically and environmentally sustainable.
“Arizona livestock producers look forward to the opportunity to show their connection between the ability to stay in business, and the health of the economies and natural resources in Arizona,” said PLC representative and rancher from Globe, Arizona, David Cook. “By joining coalitions with true conservation partners, we can increase our voice and show ranchers have proven themselves diligent stewards of the land and we urge congress to pass the Farm Bill this year. There are too many businesses and producers that need some type of certainty in this economy not to pass it in this congress.”
While the current farm bill debate is the priority of the coalition, members of the Western Agriculture and Conservation Coalition look forward to potentially expanding the coalition’s focus to include other areas of importance to western agriculture production and conservation efforts. “ I am very optimistic that we have found partners to work on issues that are important to ranching sustainability in Arizona, added Cook.”
For further information, contact:
Jeff Eisenberg, Coalition Staff, 571-355-3073
Arizona Public Lands Council, Dave Cook, 928-701-3021
Family Farm Alliance, Dan Keppen, 541-892-6244
The Nature Conservancy, Sean McMahon, 515-244-5044
Environmental Defense Fund, Dan Grossman, 303-447-7213
Wyoming Stock Growers, Jim Magagna, 307-638-3942
California Farm Bureau, Elisa Noble, 916-561-5618
Public Lands Council, Dustin Van Liew, 202-879-9126
Irrigation Association, John Farner, 703-536-7080
Trout Unlimited, Russ Schnitzer, 307-438-1365
The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at www.nature.org.
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