New pathways for land management outlined
Each of these five areas requires further development through a national conversation among stakeholders to produce workable solutions that can realistically be delivered from the land. SFL is working to encourage groups and individuals to get involved.Follow how the conversation begins at today's event via Facebook or Twitter (#sfldialogue).
"The contemporary challenges facing today's farmers, ranchers, forest landowners and federal land managers are as daunting as ever. Now more than ever, a fresh, collaborative approach is warranted," notes Harris Sherman, USDA Under Secretary of Natural Resources and the Environment. "The forum and agenda outlined by the Solutions from the Land dialogue brings together our brightest minds to address what may be our greatest needs: maintaining adaptive, resilient ecosystems; boosting productivity while reducing unnecessary waste and consumption; and building incentives and policies for enhanced stewardship across land ownerships."
"I am excited to see the Solutions from the Land project moving forward," said Don Villwock, a corn, wheat and soybean farmer and president of the Indiana Farm Bureau. "All of us involved in agriculture see the need to feed 9 billion people by 2050, and we also see the clock ticking away. While that challenge is overwhelming in itself, we will need to accomplish that goal with fewer resources than we do today. We will need this combined effort of all stakeholders to find workable solutions that will more than double food production while protecting or even improving our natural resources."
To read the full report, visit the SFL website at www.sfldialogue.net. The website also has more information on opportunities to get involved in the SFL conversation on land management issues. To review the webcast of today's Farm Foundation Forum at which the report was released, click here.
SFL's founding partners include Farm Foundation, NFP, The Nature Conservancy, the United Nations Foundation and Conservation International.
Solutions from the Land (SFL) is a national dialogue led by agriculture, forestry and conservation thought leaders. Started in 2009, SFL is working to help landowners and those who manage the land-farmers, ranchers and foresters-to make the most of the land's potential.