Agriculture Groups Launch 'Farmers for a Sustainable Future'
Twenty-one farm and ranch groups, including the National Cattlemen's Beef Association and the Pork Producers Council, are launching Farmers for a Sustainable Future (FSF), a coalition supporting environmental and economic sustainability that will serve as a resource for lawmakers and policymakers as they consider climate policies.
“Today’s launch of the Farmers for a Sustainable Future (FSF) is a defining moment,” said NCBA Vice President, Government Affairs, Ethan Lane, who spoke at the rollout event in Washington. “Twenty-one agricultural groups — which represent the vast majority of the agricultural industry in our country — are standing side by side in unity to correct a false narrative that has haunted us for as long as I can remember. We’re here because we support incentivizing innovation, science-based research, resilient infrastructure, and focusing on outcomes.”
FSF's principles call for policies that support science-based research, voluntary incentive-based conservation programs, investment in infrastructure, and solutions that ensure vibrant rural communities and a healthy planet.
Lane said that American beef producers have a great environmental story to tell, and FSF is another way for NCBA to do just that.
“We know that consumers care how beef is produced, and they want to know that it’s done in a way that’s environmentally and socially sustainable,” Lane said. “In fact, the U.S. is the leader in sustainable beef production, with a carbon footprint 10 to 50 times lower than the rest of the world. And while we’ve already made a lot of progress, American cattle farmers and ranchers are committed to continuous improvement by producing high-quality beef even more sustainably for generations to come.”