Target: Tony Kramer, Deputy Chief for Programs, Natural Resources Conservation Service
Goal: Keep conservation programs accessible to farmers and ranchers
About 1 billion acres of land in the United States are used for pasture or cropland, putting US farmers and ranchers in charge of almost half of the total land area in this country. Poor land management practices and economic pressure to sell to developers puts this land at risk. The US Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) offers several conservation programs that help farmers and ranchers keep their land and become better stewards of it, protecting wildlife and future generations. For years, this department provided free assistance to farmers and ranchers to help them with the process, but the latest budget approved by Congress allows the NRCS to charge fees for this assistance, making the programs harder to access.
Federal programs can be very complicated, and free assistance helps farmers and ranchers save millions of acres of land from development. Tell Deputy Chief for Programs Tony Kramer not to charge fees for helping farmers and ranchers navigate the complicated conservation process. Tell Tony Kramer, the Deputy Chief for Programs for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service to keep offering assistance to farmers and ranchers for free, and to help them navigate the process to save more of their land from development and destruction.
Dear Mr. Kramer,
The Natural Resources Conservation Service has always helped farmers and ranchers navigate the complicated conservation program process for free, helping to save millions of acres of land from destruction due to poor management and development. Recently, Congress passed a budget which allows your office to start collecting fees for this assistance, but we urge you not to do this.
Navigating the various conservation programs and creating conservation plans can be complicated for busy farmers and ranchers, who have jobs and families to feed. Poor land management practices can destroy valuable farmland, and the economic pressure to sell land for development is strong. Adding additional fees for assistance will discourage some farmers and ranchers from participating, causing the loss of land that could have been saved.
We urge you to keep assistance from your office free for farmers and ranchers, keeping conservation programs accessible and saving land from destruction and development.
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