Farm Bill: Stand Up and Protect America's Grasslands

Update: On February 4th, the US Congress passed the 2014 Farm Bill and ensured your tax dollars will not incentivize the plow-up and drainage of native grasslands and wetlands.

America’s Northern Great Plains is one of the last four intact grasslands in the world. Stretching across five states and more than 180 million acres, the Northern Great Plains is also home to ranchers who live and depend on healthy grasslands to sustain their livelihoods. The 2014 Farm Bill will protect the landscape from imminent threats such as grassland plow-up and habitat fragmentation.

Martha Kauffman, Managing Director for WWF’s Northern Great Plains program attributes the 2014 Farm Bill’s success to a couple of factors: a growing appreciation for the benefits the grasslands provide, and the strong voice from communities who depend on our grasslands and want to see them thrive.

More than 30,000 WWF members and supporters reached out to their Congressional representatives this past winter to let them know that conservation of our natural resources is vital to the future of American agriculture.