News from the Wild Side November 2018

Stay up-to-date on the latest news from Wild Farm Alliance! 

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Giving Tuesday = Giving for the Wild

Today is #GivingTuesday and we are asking you to take a moment to make a donation dedicated to the wild. 

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Your financial support will help to spawn a wild farm movement to accelerate the adaptations needed by farms and ranches (and wild nature) to remain viable in the future.

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Powered by people like you, WFA is working tirelessly to build a wild and resilient farm movement that benefits from and protects biodiversity. In the coming year, your voice will advocate for a Farm Bill that prioritizes conservation, supports the National Organic Program, and assists farmers on implementing habitat for beneficial birds, and much more.

Your investment in WFA is so critical – it helps to conserve and restore agriculture’s capacity to support healthy soils; clean water; native bees and monarch butterflies; natural enemy insects, birds and mammals; threatened wildlife populations and habitats; and climate resilience and mitigations.

In short, your support is a gift to the Wild

WFA is a small but fierce organization working on a national level. We put every single dollar donated to work resulting in impressive achievements. No matter the amount, your gift is will go far and truly help to reconnect food systems with ecosystems. 

Please donate today and provide a voice and seat at the table for the Wild! Thank you!

For the Wild,

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Homecoming

*Note: This is an article written by WFA Advisory Board Member, Paula MacKay. Wild Hope, Volume 5, 2018

“Hey Rob , look!” The words rolled off my tongue like the lyrics of a familiar love song, one I’ve sung many times in the wilderness over the past 16 years. My husband and I began studying wild carnivores together for his doctoral research in Vermont and have continued to do so since moving to Washington a decade ago. On this late-August morning, we’d been hiking on the Pacific Crest Trail for only a matter of minutes when I saw a blur of movement out of the corner of my eye. 

We stopped in the scorching heat to watch a cinnamon-colored black bear scrambling downslope in our direction, a cartoonish cloud of dust in his wake as he stirred up the landscape of parched plants and rock. The bear’s shaggy brown body against the desiccated backdrop conjured images from the Gobi Desert, where a few dozen scrappy grizzlies still scratch out a living in one of the harshest places on Earth. Surprisingly, that’s a few dozen more grizzlies than survive here in Washington’s North Cascades Ecosystem (NCE), despite 6.1 million acres of habitat (and adjoining wildlands in British Columbia) that long served as their home. The US portion of the NCE is as big as Vermont but much less tame, with 90 percent of the region protected as state and federal lands, including the North Cascades National Park.

The black bear disappeared into a nearby copse of trees; if we’d arrived seconds later, we would have never known he was there. “So cool,” Robert whispered as we prepared to move on. We had a lot of ground to cover in just fve days: 45 miles of backpacking to remove four motion-triggered cameras we’d set out last summer to document wolverines over the winter. We knew better than to linger on day one.

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Save the Date: California's Climate & Agricultural Summit

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Early registration will open December 3rd for the 6th California Climate & Agriculture Summit!

The summit will be held March 4 & 5, 2019 at Yolo County farms and UC Davis. The first day will showcase several climate-friendly farms through a tour in the Yolo County area.

The second day at UC Davis will be a full day of plenary, workshop and poster presentations about the latest science, policy and practices related to climate and agriculture. The day will end with a festive celebration of CalCAN’s 10th birthday.

The event brings together a diverse group of over 350 farmers and ranchers, researchers, agriculture professionals, agriculture and environmental nonprofit organizations, local and state policymakers and government agencies. The summit happens once every two years, so mark your calendar and don’t miss out.

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A Farm Bill for the Future

WFA founder and board chair Dan Imhoff recently penned a piece in The Daily Climate calling for a forward thinking Farm Bill that will support our farmers and protect our planet. 

"It is time for farmers and policy makers to jointly create a legislation that provides both for the survival of the planet and allows them to survive financially with ongoing taxpayer funding. There is no other sane option." -Dan Imhoff

Click here for the article. 

Dan Imhoff is the co-author of the forthcoming The Farm Bill: A Citizen's Guide, with Christina Badaracco, which will be published in January 2019.

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With the expiration of the Farm Bill at the end of September this year, farmers and consumers across the country are wondering what is next? In particular, the fate of the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) is at stake. 

CSP provides technical and financial assistance for farmers and ranchers looking to maintain and increase conservation efforts, and plays an important role in helping producers continue to work their land while also protecting natural resources.  

The choice is stark: a Farm Bill that supports family farmers, sustainable agriculture, wildlife habitat, and a more equitable future, or one that harms farmers and communities and strips away investments from conservation, local food systems, food assistance, and more.

We need Congress to make the right choice for the best possible 2018 Farm Bill. Can you join us in making a call today?

The message is simple:

"We need a Farm Bill that protects the Conservation Stewardship Program as proposed by the Senate. Please take this message to the leadership on behalf of constituents like me."

Your message TODAY matters – thank you for taking these four easy steps!

1) Check out our special issue brief that outlines how some farmers who use CSP benefit from this important program.

2) Then call your members of Congress - Call the Capitol Switchboard: 202-224-3121, ask to be connected to your Representative's and Senator's offices.

3) Ask to speak with the staffer who works on agriculture or leave a message with whoever answers the phone (see message above).

4) After you call, please email info@wildfarmalliance.org and let us know you called and how it went.

Thank you!


GrowingforFutImage.pngGrowing for the Future Conference

Online Conference, December 3-6, 2018

Wild Farm Alliance is proud to be a sponsor of the National Farmer Union's (NFU) Growing for the Future Conference. This conference is a unique online, interactive virtual conference focused on beginning farmer and rancher issues.

The free, four-day event includes farmer-to-farmer webinars, live Q&A sessions, a discussion board, an online resource center, and free giveaways. The theme of this year’s conference is cooperatives, and it will cover a variety of topics including cooperative development, drought management, conservation, technology, food safety, and more!

Learn more and register today!


A "Wild" Podcast

Our former board members (current advisory board members), Jamie Phillips and John Davis, teamed up to produce a new podcast for The Rewilding Institute. In this episode, John interviews Jamie about his work to protect wildlands and wildways, and even how to "die green!"

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John is the director of The Rewilding Institute whose mission is to explore and share tactics and strategies to advance continental-scale conservation and restoration in North America and beyond. They focus on the need for large carnivores and protected wildways for their movement; and offer a bold, scientifically credible, practically achievable, and hopeful vision for the future of wild Nature and human civilization on planet Earth.

 

Jamie_Phillips_brd.jpgJamie is the executive director of The Eddy FoundationBy supporting the interconnectedness of humans with each other and the ecosystem, the Eddy Foundation encourages truly sustainable natural and human communities. It works with individuals and organizations to help ensure that future generations can enjoy healthy landscapes with a full range of biodiversity. The Foundation supports projects that benefit old-growth forests, non-polluted watersheds, the arts, education and wild nature.