The United States is blessed with an extraordinary agricultural landscape which supports a regionally diverse food and farming system, state and local economies and the nation’s balance of trade.
Our farmland and ranchland provide environmental amenities including wildlife habitat, groundwater recharge, and fire suppression. They are a magnet for tourism and offer recreational opportunities for hunting, fishing, riding and hiking. This land is our legacy as we look to the past and plan for the future.
But this land is at risk.
With an expanding population, a changing climate and other economic and demographic pressures, competition for land and water will only increase. Are we conserving enough farmland to protect our legacy and ensure food security for future generations?