Wednesday, April 23, 2008

US Secretary of Agriculture Promotes Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program

Agriculture and conservation leaders met at Glenn Elseroad family farm in Maryland on Earth Day to promote the Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program.

US Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer announced that Maryland will receive $2.6 million in fiscal year 2008 to protect agricultural land through the program.

"Keeping the nation's farm and ranch lands producing food and fiber is a high priority for the Bush Administration," said Schafer. "This land will be protected by conservation easements and will be available for agricultural use forever."

From left to right: Glenn Elseroad, Elseroad Farm; Maryland Department of Agriculture Secretary Roger Richardson; US Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer; and Arlen Lancaster, chief of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. Photo courtesy of the USDA.

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