Environment & Energy
Conservation and the Environment
NCFC is involved with a wide variety of conservation and environmental issues from implementation of farm bill conservation programs to pesticide registrations to wetlands regulations. While the issues vary, our principles remain: NCFC believes conservation programs and environmental regulations should be locally driven and based on scientifically and economically sound practices, and should recognize the unique nature of farmer cooperatives and production agriculture. Additionally, we work to promote the value of farmer cooperatives in the context of the growing dialogue about social responsibility and sustainability.
However, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has multiple, aggressive regulatory and enforcement initiatives underway that ignore the role of states and affect nearly every aspect of U.S. agriculture. Water quality, air quality, pesticide use, and climate change are all subject to major actions, and farms and ranches of all sizes can expect to be affected.
NCFC supports an energy policy that maximizes a role for American agriculture and farmer cooperatives in energy independence. Farmer cooperatives are vital players in this country’s quest for energy independence and in ensuring that producers are able to capitalize on expanded market opportunities. Renewable energy sources, along with conservation, are important tools in securing a more affordable and accessible domestic renewable energy supply.
NCFC encourages passage of a comprehensive energy bill recognizing the contributions of the American farmer and rancher in the renewable energy industry.