February 12, 2014 at 02:33pm
St. Paul, Minnesota (February 12, 2014) – Family farmers are the original conservationists, and that is why Minnesota Farmers Union is proud to support conservation programs in the United States while celebrating the United Nations’ 2014 International Year of Family Farming!
“With the global population expected to reach 9.6 billion by 2050, family farmers and ranchers have a great challenge to be able to feed and clothe people,” said Doug Peterson, Minnesota Farmers Union President. “Production and conservation practices must be geared towards improving the productivity of the land. 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.”
Minnesota Farmers Union believes in sound conservation policies because they assist in erosion control, watershed protection and climate change. Plus over the past 25 years, conservation programs have helped farmers:
· save 295 million tons of soil per year; and
· save between 1.5 and 3.3 million acres of wetlands from being drained.