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WASHINGTON (Feb. 3, 2014) – Family farmers and ranchers are the original conservationists. They understand that caring for natural resources is crucial to the long-term viability of the family farm. As such, National Farmers Union (NFU) is proud to support conservation programs in the United States and conservation agriculture across the globe. In celebration of the United Nations naming 2014 the International Year of Family Farming (IYFF), this month Farmers Union will be highlighting the importance of conservation across the country and around the world

“With the global population expected to reach 9.6 billion by 2050, family farmers and ranchers have a great challenge before them to be able to feed and clothe people around the world,” said NFU President Roger Johnson. “Production and conservation practices must be geared towards improving the productivity of the land in a sustainable fashion. With more mouths to feed and strained natural resources, it is now more important than ever to invest in conservation practices that help farmers adapt to a changing climate.”

“NFU works to ensure that the best policies are put in place in Washington and across the country so that Americans drink clean water and breathe clean air, and so that future generations can continue the legacy of family farming,” continued Johnson.

“As we continue to celebrate IYFF and the work family farmers around the world are doing to feed, clothe and fuel the word, we encourage everyone to join our efforts, get involved locally and join Farmers Union. Information can be found at”

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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