January 27th of this year, the Biden administration put out a wide-ranging
Executive Order on tackling climate change.
in the executive order was a line directing the Secretaries of Agriculture,
Interior, and Commerce to develop a plan to conserve at least 30 percent of our
lands and waters by 2030.
plan is commonly referred to as 30 by 30.
reach the Biden administration’s goal of 30 percent of land in conservation by
2030, the federal government will have significant work ahead of them.
percent of the land would mean that we’ll need 440 million additional acres in permanent
put 440 million acres of land into perspective, it is the equivalent of taking
the state of Iowa and putting all of our land into permanent conservation. Then,
repeating that eleven more times to reach the Biden administration’s goal of 30
percent of land in conservation by 2030.
is not an attempt at conservation, it’s an attempt at confiscation.
the 30 by 30 land grab, and the WOTUS rewrite, it is clear that the Biden
administration simply does not understand rural America.
they did understand, then they would realize that farmers are the first and
the United States decides to go forward with the 30 by 30 plan, we already know
what will happen.
rhetoric empowers our nation’s corn and soybean competitors to increase their
Brazil. This week their House of Representatives advanced a bill that President
Bolsonaro supports that allows squatters on public land in the Amazon Rain
Forest to more easily receive deeds to their properties.
allows the squatters to burn the forest to plant corn and soybeans.
has already plowed under more than half of the Cerrado, which is tropical
Cerrado is a vital storehouse for carbon dioxide that has been disappearing at
a rate four times faster than the Amazon rainforest.
we tie the hands of American farmers, our competitors like Brazil will continue
to meet the needs of a growing, hungry world.
by 2050, the world population will grow to nine billion people.
United States should not cede our leadership in production agriculture to other
countries that have poor environmental standards.
five-year Farm Bill already does a great job at encouraging farmers and
landowners to preserve fragile lands, enhancing environmental benefits for all
Farm Bill provisions are referred to as working lands programs – Programs like
the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and Conservation
Stewardship Program (CSP).
programs provide incentives to help producers adopt management practices on
their ground that allows the land to stay in production while improving
the Biden administration focused on these programs, my speech today would be
praising those efforts.
instead, they have proposals that take productive farmland out of production, placing
the U.S. at a competitive disadvantage.
ideas also make it harder for new and beginning farmers to compete on rental
rates and gain access to land.
understand how conservation and sustainable agriculture affects productivity
and generational prosperity.
important for us to leave the land better than we found it for our children and
far the Biden administration has said their 30 by 30 plan focuses on voluntary
to get 440 million additional acres in conservation, you would be foolish to
think voluntary measures are going to get you there.
of focusing on taking more land out of production agriculture, let’s work on a
strategy that allows farmers to continue to farm their land while improving