Statement on Robert Bonnie’s Confirmation for Undersecretary of Farm Production and Conservation
This statement can be attributed to Tim Fink, American Farmland Trust’s policy director
American Farmland Trust applauds the confirmation of Robert Bonnie for Undersecretary of Farm Production and Conservation. Robert has a deep understanding of incentive-based approaches that enable farmers, ranchers, and landowners to implement conservation practices.
The science shows that, with proper stewardship, our nation’s agricultural lands can mitigate climate change by sequestering carbon in the soil, all while improving water quality, resilience, and profitability for farmers. However, the science will not be enough to drive broader implementation of regenerative practices. These practices will need to make economic sense to farmers and the development of policies encouraging their widespread adoption will require bringing farmers to the table, technical assistance support, and long-term engagement. Mr. Bonnie recognizes the importance of these steps and knows how to get things done.
We look forward to working with Robert to advance AFT’s mission of saving the land that sustains by protecting farmland, implementing environmentally-sound farming practices, and keeping farmers on the land.