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The Conservation Dialogue

The Conservation Dialogue was a series of events and forums hosted by the AEC in 2011 and 2012 to engage farmers and other agricultural stakeholders in Pennsylvania in helping to shape federal farm conservation policy in advance of re-authorization of the Farm Bill.
The Conservation Dialogue

The Conservation Dialogue

About the Event

The AEC invited community members to participate in a legislative discussion and farm tour on October 9, 2012. The goal of the Conservation Dialogue is to engage farmers and other agricultural stakeholders in Pennsylvania to evaluate and influence federal farm conservation policy based on developing a dialogue that identifies and articulates sound and proven conservation approaches for Pennsylvania.

Conservation Dialogue - A Pennsylvania Stewardship Engagement Initiative - at Masonic Village Farms

9 AM to 1 PM - Discussion and Lunch with Legislators

1 PM to 3 PM - Conservation Practices Tour of National Award Winning Masonic Village Farms

Event Description

Key Questions for Pennsylvania's Producers

  • How are Farm Bill Conservation Programs currently working for farmers?
    Which programs are working best?
  • Which programs require tweaking to improve outcomes?
  • What should the NEXT Farm Bill include to improve conservation outcomes on the farm?

The Conservation Dialogue seeks producer input to the Farm Bill-based conservation programs including priority approaches for geographically targeted conservation like the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Initiative. Farmer perspectives will be sought through a series of roundtable discussions, surveys, and written synthesis.  Pennsylvania producers and their conservation partners are invited to participate. With the 2012 Farm Bill just around the corner, this is an excellent time and opportunity for farmers to express their preferences for improving on-farm conservation.

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The goal of the Conservation Dialogue is to engage farmers and other agricultural stakeholders in Pennsylvania to evaluate and influence federal farm conservation policy based on developing a dialogue that identifies and articulates sound and proven conservation approaches for Pennsylvania.

PDF, 289.0 KB

A compilation of Pennsylvania producers and conservation partners preferences and priorities for the 2012 Farm Bill Conservation Programs

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In October 2011, producers and conservation partners gathered in Harrisburg to map out the opportunities and challenges presented by the current conservation programs that are Farm Bill sponsored. This discussion resulted in priority practices and approaches that the group believed would be critical for consideration in the next Farm Bill (2012). This document has links for the reader to provide input and preferences based on the priorities for conservation as outlined.

Agenda and presentation materials from the October 2011 Farm Bill Forum - on Conservation Programs

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A preliminary look at producer attitudes about the Farm Bill based conservation programs was presented at Ag Progress Days in August 2011

Professionals working across agencies, organizations, and the private sector who support Pennsylvania producers in their efforts to implement conservation across the landscape are also encourage to participate in the Conservation Dialogue.

The Conservation Dialogue seeks input from Pennsylvania's producers on the conservation programs - and what works best on their operations. There are several ways that farmers can participate in the Conservation Dialogue.

Over the past year, Penn State Extension in partnership with the Packard Foundation, has sought to bring Pennsylvania’s agricultural producers and conservation partners together to examine conservation programs implemented in the current Farm Bill, how they’re working for Pennsylvania’s producers, and how they could be improved upon to work better with regard to serving producers better to increase conservation practices on the ground.