Singer and dairy producer Stephanie Nash AgVocates Against “30 by 30 Plan” • Atascadero News
How the Biden administration’s plan could threaten farmland
A week after President Joe Biden took office, he signed an executive order known as the “30 by 30 plan.”
By 2030, the US government plans to “protect at least 30% of state lands and waters; help advance the protection of 30 percent of the country’s oceans; and support regional, national and international efforts to protect at least 30 percent of the world’s land and waters and 30 percent of the world’s oceans, ”according to the text of the Assembly bill.
In essence, the country’s goal is to conserve 30 percent of its water and land by 2030.
The preliminary report Conserving and Restoring America the Beautiful was released on May 6. According to the report, this is “just the starting point on the road to realizing the conservation vision President Biden has outlined.” The direction this path takes over the next decade will not be determined by our agencies, but by the ideas and leadership of local communities. It is our job to listen, learn and provide support throughout the process to help strengthen economies and pass on healthy land, water and wildlife to future generations. “
But a closer look at how these lands and waters will be protected has sparked controversy among farmers and ranchers across the country.
Singer-songwriter, dairy farmer and farm activist Stephanie Nash speaks out loud against legislative threats against farmers and ranchers, especially the 30 by 30 plan.
Nash’s family operated a dairy farm in California for 85 years until 2010, when they decided to buy property in Tennessee and move their dairy farms there.
Around 2008, Nash’s father began to see a change in California. The growing regulations imposed on the state’s farmers have shown him that the lives of California farmers and ranchers will only get worse.
For eight years now, Nash’s family has successfully milked dairy cows in Tennessee.
Nash says she learned her advocacy voice by participating in the Dairy Challenge in Fresno State. The Dairy Challenge is the evaluation of dairy farms to help other farmers financially, reproductively and more.
“I wanted to know what the struggles were in our country over regulation and billing,” Nash said.
Today, Nash works in his family’s dairy and manages his calf-heifer program and watches over 850 cattle. In addition, she gives tours and shows the community their functioning, their family aspect and the importance of family farms.
“Farms are trying to survive and they don’t get the support they need,” says Nash, referring to federal agricultural laws and regulations.
In 2020, Nash started a video series called “The Life of a Farmer,” in which she goes to different family farms and shares their stories.
“It’s not even just about what we do every day, but it’s the importance for this farmer to tell his story – they introduce the farm, the family and their operation. They present what is going on in their condition, ”Nash said.
She also uses TikTok, a social media app, where she voices her concerns for struggling farmers and educates people on how certain bills are affecting the farming industry.
In particular, Nash often refers to the 30 by 30 shot.
“Bill 30 by 30 is a threat in the biggest way because they use climate change and people don’t understand – my experience has been that they are going to regulate you, they are going to fine you if you don’t do exactly what they want with you and they will make your survival unaffordable, ”Nash said.
Labor shortages and the cost of feed and other essentials constantly work against farmers. At Nash Dairy Farm, they struggle to find people willing to work.
As food prices increase in grocery stores, the farmer does not see an increase on their side except for the higher cost of food, equipment and supplies.
States are already moving forward with plans to comply with the 30 by 30 plan.
California was the first state to begin creating a plan to conserve 30 percent of its water and land.
However, Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts describes the 30 by 30 plan as a “land grab” and is lobbying against the bill.
The Conserving and Restoring America the Beautiful report states, “Federal agencies can and should advance conservation by supporting programs that encourage voluntary conservation efforts and provide new sources of income for American farmers, ranchers and forest stewards.
The section continues to promote greater use of the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP).
CRP is a program of the USDA Farm Service Agency where, in return for payment, farmers agree to “remove environmentally sensitive land from agricultural production and plant species that will improve the health and quality of the environment. “.
While the scheme looks attractive – money in return for not having agriculture – it also means less land in use for agriculture and food crops.
Governor Ricketts warns that because the president’s 30 by 30 plan is vague about obtaining land, private land rights could be at risk. He warns that at the county level, conservation easements could be implemented.
He says, “Once you have entered into a permanent easement, you have forever ceded control of your land to the land trust or the federal government. Future generations will not have the flexibility to develop or manage the land differently.
In California, the federal government owns 47% of state land. But in Nebraska, 97 percent of their land is privately owned.
Ricketts says, “If 30% of Nebraska’s land is set aside for conservation, it will shift the burden of property taxes onto fewer farmers, ranchers, homeowners and business owners. Right now, the federal government pays about $ 2.50 an acre on average in lieu of taxes on land it holds with conservation easements. Even if a land trust holds the conservation easement, the potential assessed value of the land is still significantly reduced. This leaves fewer taxpayers to pay for schools, roads, bridges and other services.
Nash continues to push for people to support their local farmers.
She reminds people that during COVID, large businesses like Walmart and Costco were allowed to stay open while small businesses were forced to close.
“It makes you wonder what their actual final plan is with the 30/30 bill. The bigger plan is that they’re going to bankrupt family farms, and they’re going to take over, and they’re going to handle the price. And I tell you, if they get to that point, your food will be three or four times what it is now. It’s a message everyone needs to hear.
In recent years, many women in agriculture have risen to be the voice of the industry, pushing back against misconceptions against the industry.
“I just wanna read about it [legislature] because I want my family farm to survive, and I want to tell people where their food comes from and how important it is.
To learn more about Stephanie Nash, you can visit her website stephanienashmusic.com.
Read the Conserving and Restoring America the Beautiful preliminary report by visiting doi.gov/sites/doi.gov/files/report-conserving-and-restoring-america-the-beautiful-2021.pdf
Read about Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts’ efforts to stop the 30 by 30 plan at governor.nebraska.gov/press/gov-ricketts-slams- unvague -30-x-30-report-biden-harris-administration-agencies