When people think about the Conservation of our planet’s land and water resources, they often think about organizations such as the Nature Conservancy. Many good organizations, such at the Nature Conservancy, focus on protecting endangered and fragile echo systems. This is important work. More needs to be done!
Half of the Earth’s ice free land is pasture and farm land. When er refer to Place in our mission, we are referring to the conservation of farmland that meets society’s critical need for food, fiber, and energy, as well as the People whose livelihoods depend on those lands
Gård, we carry the spirt and practices of conservation into production agriculture – farming.
Farmers makeup just 1 percent of the US population and they manage two-thirds of the nation’s land. Farms and ranches use 70 percent of all fresh water.
Farming has a greater impact on the land and water resources of the plant then any another human activity. Given the scale and impact of agriculture on the planet land and water resources, we cannot rely soley on non-profit efforts or governmental regulation. We must directly involve the business of farming directly in conservation. However, this is difficult given that most land is rented in one to three year contracts, creating a short term economic driven relationship between the page absentee landowner, and farm operation.
Large scale efficient farms are critical to supplying sufficient food, so we all have enough to eat. However, farms are generally managed for economic returns. Remote land owners demand cash rents. Farmers face high input costs, along with challenges in weather and markets. These economic factors cause them to use the chemicals and farming practices that drive production. And most land is leased on year-to-year contracts or on short-term contracts of two or three years. Short contracts and the banker closely watching their cash flow, make it difficult to reinvest in the land and impractical to invest in a three year organic transition plan.