Reel In U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service News At Farm Journal Field Days

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Farmers are, by their nature and daily focus, intent on production practices that preserve their land as well as habitat that supports and protects wildlife and fisheries.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) Director, Aurelia Skipwith, will speak to those priorities as part of a panel discussion during the Farm Journal Field Days event, set for Aug. 25-27.

“Her participation illustrates the importance of voluntary collaboration among federal agencies, farmers and ranchers to ensure the future of agriculture includes healthy working lands and wildlife habitat as well as a diverse and inclusive conservation ag workforce,” says Amy Skoczlas Cole, Executive Vice President for Trust In Food, a Farm Journal initiative.

Two recent successes farmers and ranchers achieved in partnership with FWS have been to enhance the habitat for the western sage grouse and the eastern cottontail rabbit. Populations of both have improved in recent years, thanks to the collaboration.

During Farm Journal Field Days, Director Skipwith will share the agency’s perspective on the importance of close collaboration with farmers and ranchers, many of whom operate adjacent to the hundreds of millions of acres under FWS management, including the National Wildlife Refuge System. Director Skipwith also will share how the agency’s rich history, diverse workforce and strategic partnerships are creating a more resilient future for conservation agriculture and conservationists of all backgrounds, including Black, Hispanic, Latino and Native American communities.

The panel discussion, “Scaling Diversity and Inclusion Across U.S. Agriculture,” will be available via on-demand video in the Farming For Today + Tomorrow Pavilion at the event.

Joining Director Skipwith on the panel are:

  • Zach Ducheneaux, Rancher, Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation, South Dakota
  • Shannon Kellner, AVP Food Animal Business Team, Merck
  • Anatomia Farrell, National President, Minorities in Agriculture Natural Resources and Related Sciences

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