Jun 20, 2019
The inaugural team of Conservation Champions, sponsored by ASA & Walton Family Foundation, met with USDA NRCS during their training in D.C.
A small group of conservation-minded growers met this week in D.C. to explore ways to amplify understanding and awareness of farmers’ roles in stewardship of the soil, water and air.
This inaugural team of Conservation Champions, sponsored by ASA and the Walton Family Foundation, attended a two-day training and networking session, discussing how to develop advocacy plans and speak to policy-makers about the voluntary ag conservation practices adopted by growers across the country.
During the training, participants had the opportunity to visit the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and also hear from an industry panel on conservation and environmental regulation, sponsored by Bayer Crop Science.
This team of champions will advocate with elected officials, tell their stories through publications or social media, and share their experience with different conservation practices with other farmers. They will help highlight how today’s growers are using modern agriculture tools and stewardship effective conservation practices to enhance the sustainability and environmental friendliness of their operations.