April 26, 2021

“Agriculture’s Role in 30x30: Partnering with Farmers and Ranchers to Protect Land, Biodiversity, and the Climate” Report Released

“Agriculture’s Role in 30x30: Partnering with Farmers and Ranchers to Protect Land, Biodiversity, and the Climate” Report Released

The American Farmland Trust, a national organization founded in 1980 that works to protect farmland, promote environmentally sound farming practices, and keep farmers on the land, has released the Agriculture’s Role in 30x30: Partnering with Farmers and Ranchers to Protect Land, Biodiversity, and the Climate Report highlighting agriculture’s role in conversing at least 30% of land and water by 2030, per President Biden’s Executive Order on Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad.

The report states the need to both permanently protect 5% of vulnerable working lands from being converted to development and support landowners’ voluntary efforts to implement conservation practices on an additional 25% of working lands, particularly in biodiversity hotspots, key connectivity corridors, and areas with high carbon sequestration potential. The report also highlights the need to view American farmers and ranchers as allies in the efforts to reach the 30X30 goals because lands that they manage are critical for wildlife habitat, carbon sequestration, food security, clean water, and rural prosperity.

 “The U.S. needs bold, new approaches to enlist their help at the vast scale required to effectively protect biodiversity and stabilize the climate,” said Mitch Hunter, AFT research director. “In addition, protecting working lands advances critical environmental and food security benefits that perhaps weren’t front and center when 30×30 was conceived, but which are clearly now priorities.”

The report states 4 main recommendations:

  1. Commit to protecting and conserving 30 percent of working farmland and ranchland by 2030

  2. Take immediate action to accelerate working lands protection and biodiversity conservation using USDA’s existing programs and authorities

  3. Fight the loss of working lands to development

  4. Launch a targeted effort to protect wildlife habitat on working lands

Read the full report here.