Lesli Allison, Executive Director
Western Landowners Alliance (WLA), a landowner-led nonprofit organization focused on advancing policies and practices that sustain working lands, connected landscapes and native species, released the following statement today after Congress released the conference report on the 2018 Farm Bill.
Western Landowners Alliance would like to thank members of Congress for working together across party lines to find common ground on one of the nation’s most important pieces of legislation. The Farm Bill represents a long-standing public/private partnership to ensure healthy, affordable food, clean water, wildlife habitat and a strong agricultural economy.
“The public depends on the food, fiber and energy that working lands supply,” said Lesli Allison, executive director of the Western Landowners Alliance. “But we also want these same lands to provide things like clean water and wildlife habitat. Farm Bill programs make it possible for farmers and ranchers to meet these needs while also supporting rural livelihoods. This is why the Farm Bill has traditionally had solid bipartisan support. Americans recognize that taking care of the land is essential to our collective well-being and national security.”
“In a time when the West is facing unprecedented challenges, from wildfires to water shortages, we are particularly pleased to see continued support from Congress for the conservation programs that help us meet these challenges,” Allison said.