Ann Sorensen provides academic research that underlies the policy work of American Farmland Trust. Since joining the staff in 1992, the research she oversees has guided work on four farm bills and supported other legislative efforts by American Farmland Trust. She previously directed American Farmland Trust’s Center for Agriculture in the Environment.
She has managed a series of assistance agreements for American Farmland Trust with the Environmental Protection Agency to promote adoption of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and contributed to Farming on the Edge mapping projects that used geographic information systems analysis to document developmental sprawl. Sorensen is a member of the team that is designing and implementing a first-of-its-kind interstate water quality trading program aimed at protecting and improving water quality in the Ohio River basin. She has also conducted numerous listening sessions to collect farmers’ viewpoints for use in improving agricultural policies. She was recently appointed to EPA’s Farm, Ranch and Rural Communities Federal Advisory Committee.
Sorensen holds a B.A. from the University of California at Santa Cruz and a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. She worked in IPM for the Texas Department of Agriculture and as assistant director, Natural Resources Division, for American Farm Bureau before joining American Farmland Trust.
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