Land Trust Alliance Statement on 2018 Farm Bill Agreement

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'Our Shared Goal Is Within Reach'

The legislation helps landowners conserve our lands, our waters and our ways of life.

On Monday, U.S. House and Senate Agriculture Committee leaders revealed details of the 2018 Farm Bill agreement. The following statement can be attributed to Andrew Bowman, president of the Land Trust Alliance:

"The Land Trust Alliance applauds the Farm Bill conferees for putting forward a 2018 Farm Bill that builds new opportunities for farm and ranchland conservation across our nation and reflects many of the Alliance’s highest priorities.

"We additionally appreciate how Congress recognizes through this legislation the value and importance of preserving our nation’s farms and ranchlands. The significance of the $450 million annual funding commitment for the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program cannot be overstated.

"I thank all members of Congress and everyone within the land conservation community who helped bring the Farm Bill to this point. The legislation helps landowners conserve our lands, our waters and our ways of life. Our shared goal is within reach – and the time to get it done is now."

More information about the Farm Bill’s overall relevance to and impact on land conservation is available here. For additional details about how this Farm Bill agreement benefits land conservation, click here.

About the Land Trust Alliance

Founded in 1982, the Land Trust Alliance is a national land conservation organization that works to save the places people need and love by strengthening land conservation across America. The Alliance represents 1,000 member land trusts supported by more than 200,000 volunteers and 4.6 million members nationwide. The Alliance is based in Washington, D.C., and operates several regional offices. More information about the Alliance is available at

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