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Farmers Play Critical Role in Protecting Water Quality

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Washington, D.C. (December 14, 2021)—The agriculture industry’s progress in reducing nutrient loss across the Mississippi River Basin was highlighted today by the Agricultural Nutrient Policy Council (ANPC) during the Mississippi River/Gulf of Mexico Hypoxia Task Force Virtual Meeting. The ANPC, which includes the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives as a member, presented information from a recent report with key findings from 16 states. During the Obama Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a memorandum providing guidance to individual states on reducing nitrogen and phosphorus runoff into our nation’s waters. The EPA’s framework provided an innovative and highly constructive approach that offered the stakeholders in the states, starting at the farm level, the ability to develop initiatives to protect water quality. “ANPC’s report showcases the amazing work being done by farmers and ranchers across the Mississippi River Basin to protect the environment by implementing nutrient reduction strategies,” said Chuck Conner, president and CEO of NCFC. “Much of the work being done comes from farmer and agribusiness groups’ own volition and funding, which demonstrates the important leadership role agriculture plays adopting these initiatives across rural America.”

View the American Agriculture’s State, Regional, and National Initiatives to Reduce Nutrient Losses in the Mississippi River Basin report here.

About NCFC

Since 1929, NCFC has been the voice of America’s farmer cooperatives.  Our members are regional and national farmer cooperatives, which are in turn composed of nearly 2,000 local farmer cooperatives across the country.  NCFC members also include 26 state and regional councils of cooperatives.  Farmer cooperatives allow individual farmers the ability to own and lead organizations that are essential for continued competitiveness in both the domestic and international markets. America’s farmer-owned cooperatives provide a comprehensive array of services for their members.  These diverse organizations handle, process and market virtually every type of agricultural commodity.  They also provide farmers with access to infrastructure necessary to manufacture, distribute and sell a variety of farm inputs.  Additionally, they provide credit and related financial services, including export financing.
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