Every five years, Congress works on what is known as the Farm Bill—an important bipartisan measure that helps farmers and rural economies in the US and includes extensive conservation programs. In fact, these programs make up the largest source of conservation funding on private lands in the United States and are critical to sustaining North America's grasslands and the wildlife that call them home.
In recent years, the Great Plains of the US and Canada have lost intact grassland faster than the Brazilian Amazon has lost rainforest as a result of conversion for cropland, energy, and housing development, making this year's Farm Bill more important than ever for the conservation of these American landscapes and their unique wildlife.
Congress needs to hear from you. Take action today and tell your representatives that the Farm Bill is critical not just for helping farmers and ranchers feed, fuel, and clothe the country, but also for protecting grasslands and habitat for hundreds of species, including endangered songbirds, black-footed ferrets, pronghorn antelope and native pollinators.
Tell Congress to protect our grasslands and wildlife by keeping conservation funding in the 2018 Farm Bill.