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American Farmland Trust: Saving the Land that Sustains Us
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American Farmland Trust is the only national conservation organization dedicated to protecting farmland, promoting sound farming practices, and keeping farmers on the land.  As the vital link among farmers, conservationists and policy-makers, we’re focused on ensuring the availability of the land that provides fresh food, a healthy environment and lasting rural landscapes. 

Since our founding in 1980 by a group of farmers and citizens concerned about the rapid loss of farmland to development, we've helped to save more than three million acres of farmland and led the way for the adoption of conservation practices on millions more. 

The benefits of bountiful and protected working lands represent our best bet for the future — and our plan to help America guarantee that future through comprehensive stewardship of the nation’s working lands is based on the following key programs:

  • Farmland Protection is focused on permanently protecting farm and ranch land across America.
  • Agriculture & Environment helps farmers and ranchers improve water quality and combat climate change while expanding their sources of revenue.
  • Keeping Farmers on the Land supports farmers and communities in sustaining local agriculture while strengthening America’s food and farming system.

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