The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) has joined the U.S. Landcare Initiative to promote a renewed commitment to conservation among farmers and to help the farm community share its highly successful conservation story with the public.

“Farmers have practiced innovative conservation for decades, conserving and enhancing America’s soil, water and wildlife resources, and will continue to do so long into the future,” said Leon Corzine, NCGA first vice-president. “We want to share our efforts in conservation and encourage farmers and other landowners to do more.”

NCGA is the first farm commodity organization to join the initiative, which strives to promote and enhance conservation ethics across the United States. According to the U.S. Landcare Initiative, recent surveys show 86 percent of Americans have a keen interest in conservation of natural resources, yet only a small fraction are aware of private and public sector investments.

“U.S. Landcare welcomes the support of NCGA as it works to forge public/private partnerships to encourage and expand a voluntary, community conservation ethic throughout the nation,” said Mike Brubaker, U.S. Landcare Initiative executive director and chief executive officer. “Our partnership with the corn growers, who have demonstrated their commitment to protecting our environment, is a natural and important alliance for U.S. Landcare. We look forward to working together as active stewards of our natural resources.”

The U.S. Landcare Initiative will announce its new “caring hands” logo soon as part of a public awareness campaign designed to create a unique identity for U.S. Landcare conservation efforts. The logo will be similar to the one used in Australia where the Landcare concept first began. The campaign will encourage partnerships between landowners and communities, businesses and government.

“Corn growers are excited about Landcare and will be working to spread the word about the initiative to all farmers. NCGA especially encourages other farm organizations to learn about Landcare and to become involved in this special effort,” Corzine said.

The U.S. Landcare Initiative will recruit corporate sponsors interested in participating in local conservation efforts and will match these sponsors with projects and communities to address local natural resource issues. In addition, the initiative will help communities create their own Landcare organizations to address local concerns.

For more information on how to get involved in the U.S. Landcare Initiative, contact Betsy Croker at 1-202-628-7001.