American Farmland Trust is the only national conservation organization dedicated to protecting farmland, promoting sound farming practices, and keeping farmers on the land.
American Farmland Trust is recognized as the nation's
leader for saving America’s farm and ranch land, promoting healthy farming practices and supporting farms and farmers. The organization and the national farmland conservation movement have come a long way since 1980, when AFT was founded. Following are significant milestones in the history of AFT:
1979: The National Agricultural Lands Study sounds the alarm with the report Where Have the Farm Lands Gone?
1980: A group of farmers and conservationists concerned about farmland loss found AFT
2006: Working with agricultural and landowner organizations and leaders, AFT helps create the Texas Agricultural Land Trust.
2007: Along with more than 100 sustainability experts from the corporate, academic, nonprofit and government sectors, AFT helps draft The Presidential Climate Action Plan.
2007: AFT begins a series of listening sessions around the country with farmers and ranchers about emerging markets that may pay farmers to install conservation practices that provide environmental benefits.
2008: The 2008 Farm Bill passes with AFT playing an influential role in many important improvements for conservation, renewable energy, the farm safety net, and local foods
2008: Long-time AFT president Ralph Grossi retires; Jon Scholl becomes president of AFT
2010: AFT initiates and promotes the idea of a statewide strategic plan for agriculture in the Golden State, titled California Agricultural Vision, and facilitates the process for the State Board of Food and Agriculture.