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Agroforestry Coalition Statement on 2024 Farm Bill Drafts

Spring Green, WI – On Wednesday, the Senate and House agriculture committee chairs released draft frameworks for the 2024 Farm Bill. Members of the Policy Working Group for the Agroforestry Coalition, a growing network of more than 200 individuals representing over 90 nonpartisan organizations working together to advance agroforestry across the United States, issued the following statement:

“Agroforestry Coalition members are delighted to see the draft farm bill proposal from Chairwoman Stabenow and Chairman Thompson recognize agroforestry as critical for farmers who want to build their resilience and sustainability. When people integrate trees on farms on purpose, they can address conservation concerns while generating income for the farm. As farmers, and as individuals and organizations working to support farmers in adopting agroforestry practices, we commend new Farm Bill authorities that help farmers already practicing agroforestry to scale up, and to remove barriers for people who want to implement agroforestry.

The Rural Prosperity and Food Security Act of 2024 takes important steps to advance agroforestry to meet the needs of farmers and communities for climate resilience, farm sustainability, and economic opportunity. The draft includes an Agroforestry Pilot Program as part of the Conservation Reserve Program, which will allow owners and operators to enroll eligible land in CRP as they implement and maintain agroforestry systems that conserve and improve soil, water, and wildlife resources. The draft also includes increased funding for the National Agroforestry Center and authorization for new regional agroforestry centers, along with additional support for the Forest Farming Association and funding for agroforestry research.

These programs come at a critical time when demand from farmers for support in agroforestry is at an all-time high. The public also benefits from improved soil health, water quality, wildlife habitat, and viability that successful use of trees on farms can provide. Congress should support sections in the 2024 Farm Bill that expand what’s possible for US farms and forests.”

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The Agroforestry Coalition is a growing network of more than 200 individuals representing over 90 organizations working together to advance agroforestry on US farms and ranches that integrate trees and other perennial crops into their agricultural systems. An important natural climate solution for US agriculture, agroforestry can also help farmers and ranchers build economic resilience, protect soil and water, and restore biodiversity. Learn more at agroforestrycoalition.com. 

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