Group awaits Perdue's stance on conservation role

American Farmland Trust
Agriculture Secretary-designate, former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, last week to testify at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee.

As Governor, Sonny Perdue signed into law the Georgia Land Conservation Act, which provided for conservation easements and tax incentives for the donation of agricultural lands.

In light of that history, we look forward to a robust discussion about the critical role conservation plays in farming during hiss hearing. We hope to learn more about the importance Governor Perdue places on the voluntary, incentive-based agricultural conservation model that has been established, with bipartisan support, at USDA, and about how Governor Perdue will support the mission of the Natural Resources Conservation Service as Secretary.

We also look forward to hearing his thoughts on what farmers and ranchers can do to protect our natural resources with the help of the NRCS and related conservation programs.

The answers to questions related to the protection of our finite agricultural resources are deeply important to our organization, farmers across the country, and, indeed, the millions of people who work in American agriculture and eat U.S.-grown food.