Event to jumpstart sustainable land management dialogues

Mar 1, 2013
by WLJ

Demand for food, feed, and fiber in the U.S. is on the rise. At the same time, the need for critical environmental services such as clean water, clean air and robust biodiversity is higher than ever. Landowners and land managers must find a way to address these challenges.

To help them do this, Solutions from the Land (SFL) is releasing its first report, “Developing a New Vision for United States Agriculture, Forestry, and Conservation.” The report identifies five broad challenges and potential frameworks around which policies and practices might be constructed and will serve as a starting point for ongoing discussion among all stakeholders involved in land management. The report will be released at the Farm Foundation Forum during a panel presentation that will include expert commentary and a question and discussion period.

The panel is available in person at the National Press Club, 529 14th St NW, Washington, DC, or via an online live webcast. The event will be held Wednesday, March 6 at 9-11 am EST. Those interested in attending in person can register for free by Monday, March 4 by contacting Ernie Shea at email eshea@sfldialogue.net, or by phone at 410/952-0123. Online attendees must register online at visualwebcaster.com/event. asp?id=92441.

Expert commentators will include A.G. Kawamura of Orange County Produce, LLC and member of Western Growers Board; Tom Lovejoy of the Heinz Center for Science, Economics, and the Environment; Larkin Martin of Martin Farms, Courtland, AL; Cassie Phillips of Weyerhaeuser Corporation, Federal Way, WA; and Patrick O’Toole of Ladder Livestock Company, Savery, WY.

SFL is a national dialogue led by agriculture, forestry and conservation thought leaders. Started in 2009, SFL is working to help landowners and those who manage the land—farmers, ranchers and foresters—to make the most of the land’s potential. — WLJ