LINCOLN, NEB. – Nebraska Farm Bureau is pushing the Biden administration for answers regarding how the president will implement a Jan. 27, 2021 executive order setting a goal of conserving at least 30 percent of lands and waters by 2030 (30×30). The 30×30 order contained few details, in turn raising numerous questions and concerns from farmers, ranchers, and other landowners. Nebraska Farm Bureau President Mark McHargue detailed Farm Bureau member concerns and urged the administration to provide clarity in an April 5 letter to the president.
“Nebraska’s farmers and ranchers remain committed to caring for our environment and utilizing science-based conservation practices. If the administration plans to implement 30×30 by placing additional limits on what farm and ranch families can do with their property, we stand ready to stop it,” said McHargue.
The purchase and expansion of public lands by the government, the use of conservation easements to restrict land use in perpetuity, and the expansion of federal control over private property were among the concerns McHargue detailed in the letter on behalf of Nebraska Farm Bureau members. Concerns about the lack of details in the executive order were only further fueled by the inability or unwillingness of new U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland to answer questions about the 30×30 proposal during her confirmation hearing.
“Farm Bureau has a long and distinct history of supporting private property rights and opposing expansion of federal government reach over our nation’s farms and ranches. Healthy land, air, and water are the lifeblood of our rural communities. Nebraska farmers and ranchers work hard to preserve our natural resources for future generations. It’s imperative the administration not only provide clarity as to how they plan to move forward, but it’s vital they make sure that those who will be impacted have a seat at the table to voice what will and won’t work,” said McHargue.
Visit www.nefb.org/action-alert to urge the president to provide clarity on 30×30.
The Nebraska Farm Bureau is a grassroots, state-wide organization dedicated to supporting farm and ranch families and working for the benefit of all Nebraskans through a wide variety of educational, service, and advocacy efforts. More than 58,000 families across Nebraska are Farm Bureau members, working together to achieve rural and urban prosperity as agriculture is a key fuel to Nebraska’s economy. For more information about Nebraska Farm Bureau and agriculture, visit www.nefb.org.