NASDA believes the nation’s environmental efforts should emphasize and enlist the voluntary support and participation of farmers, ranchers and forest landowners. Crop and livestock producers are among the most dedicated and effective stewards of our natural resources because agriculture depends on continued access to clean air, water, and fertile land for its viability.

Voluntary, incentive-based conservation practices have been highly successful and offer continuing opportunities for major environmental quality protection. Moreover, locally-led initiatives are important for addressing diverse state and regional differences both in what farmers produce and in the most pressing agricultural environmental challenges they face.

The American farmer and rancher and the consuming public want an agricultural production system that will not only be productive and profitable, but one that will also conserve resources, protect the environment, and enhance the health and safety of the public.