Voices for Change

Voices for Change

Across America, a diverse group of farmers, ranchers and public leaders are committed to environmental stewardship, healthy food and protecting farms and farmland.

Mary and Nelson James at farmers market

Simply put, conservation and farmland protection are at a crossroads. Land and healthy soil are the strategic resources critical to our nation’s ability to feed itself and to secure our nation’s future. Conservation programs are vital to maintaining those resources. — Jon Scholl, President, American Farmland Trust

Changes in the 2012 Farm Bill appear both likely and may be significant, if not radical. Our country’s economic situation will be the most significant driver and agent of change in the 2012 Farm Bill. — Jon Scholl, President, American Farmland Trust

We need to basically bring ourselves together, converge our thoughts, our minds, our resources, in terms of where we want to be with agriculture in this country utilizing the tools that a federal government might bring together — to start really very seriously preparing ourselves for an exciting process that is ultimately a plan for the agricultural future of this country. — AG Kawamura, former California Secretary of Agriculture and co-chair of Solutions From the Land

“Since 1985, compliance has been a successful part of farm policy. As crop and revenue insurance becomes the core of agriculture’s financial safety net, we need to retain the same commitment to conservation that has been a part of past farm programs.” — Jon Scholl, President, American Farmland Trust

Views on the Farm Safety Net in the Next Farm Bill

Change to U.S. farm policy is inevitable, a change that will provide an opportunity to have a farm safety net that meets the needs of agriculture. Dr. Carl Zulauf, an Agricultural Economist at Ohio State University, discusses what a good safety net might include.

Forces Shaping the 2012 Farm Bill and characteristics of a good safety net

Systemic Risk and the Role of Crop Insurance in Risk Management

ACRE and Meeting the Needs of 21st Century Agriculture

ACRE Can Be the Answer to Farm Sector’s Safety Net Needs

New Vision for Safety Net Can Answer Critics, Budget Problems

Agenda 2013 Priorities

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    We need to basically bring ourselves together, converge our thoughts, our minds, our resources, in terms of where we want to be with agriculture in this country utilizing the tools that a federal government might bring together — to start really very seriously preparing ourselves for an exciting process that is ultimately a plan for the agricultural future of this country. — AG Kawamura, former California Secretary of Agriculture and co-chair of Solutions From the Land