On May 17, I had the privilege of testifying, in Washington D.C., to the House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry. Members heard from two panels of witnesses. The first panel examined the impact and cost of regulations on producers. The second panel focused on voluntary conservation solutions to natural resource concerns.
As a member of the solutions panel, I was invited to talk about our innovative approach to increase technical assistance accessibility through the private sector (see video below). I was also able to highlight the importance of software technology to precision conservation, specifically SoilCalculator, which uses the soil erosion model RUSLE2 to drive its outputs.
I firmly believe conservation can be accelerated by ag retailers who are equipped with state-of-the-art technology. It all starts with giving farmers the information they need to make a decision and providing fast and efficient technical assistance for implementation.
Other second panel witnesses included:
- Celia Gould, Director of the Idaho Department of Agriculture
- Lee McDaniel, President of the National Association of Conservation Districts
- Terry McClure, President of McClure Farms LLC