Gaining Ground, Looking to the Future and More

American Farmland Trust
American Farmland Trust

E-News December 10, 2010

Gaining Ground in 2010

America's farms and ranches produce most of the food we eat, and the practices they use vitally affect our environment and the future of agriculture in this country. They also are crucial for preserving our nation's rural traditions, the landscapes around our cities and towns, and our country's economic health. Farms and ranches touch the lives of every family and community in our nation. Thanks to the countless actions taken by our supporters and the work with our partners, we've made steady progress during the past year in saving the land that sustains us. Read about our successes, accomplishments and progress across the country in 2010.  

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Looking Ahead to 2011

Barn in the Fading LightAs we look ahead to 2011, we believe there are real opportunities for progress to be made in farm and food policy. Until the end of the year, we're asking supporters to take the Agenda 2011 Leadership Poll to help us understand what their most important issues are for the next congress to address. The graph below shows results of over 2,000 poll responses collected to date. Please take the poll and share it with others in your community.

 Agenda 2011 Leadership Poll
New York
Save the Date: No Farms No Food Rally, March 30th 2011, Albany

Transition Time!

New York Capitol in SnowAmerican Farmland Trust’s New York State Director, David Haight, was tapped to be a member of Governor-Elect Andrew Cuomo’s Transition Team on Energy, Environment and Recreation, which is being led by Lieutenant Governor-Elect, Bob Duffy. On November 22nd, American Farmland Trust submitted a letter and detailed transition memo to Governor-Elect Cuomo providing an overview of ways New York could actively support our farms and protect our farmland.

New York Farm & Food Alliance Hits the Ground Running

New York ProduceThis fall, American Farmland Trust established the New York Farm and Food Alliance, uniting farmers, land trusts, local governments and concerned citizens to encourage our state to protect farmland. After the November election the alliance sent an introductory letter to the Governor-Elect offering congratulations. American Farmland Trust and other alliance members also presented testimony on farmland protection’s role in food security at the Public Hearing on Food Safety and Consumer Protections held by the Assembly’s Agriculture and Consumer Protection Committees on December 1st. If you are interested in being involved in the Farm and Food Alliance, send us an email at

Manhattan Chef Serves Up School Lunch

Telepan School ChefBy night Bill Telepan of Telepan, a high-profile Upper West Side restaurant, serves inspiring dinners featuring farm fresh foods from the Greenmarket and Hudson Valley Farms. By day Telepan serves lunch in the cafeterias of the New York City public school system in an effort to improve the quality of food consumed by over 850,000 students daily. A true food professional, he works from within the system, developing recipes and communicating effectively with school foodservice personnel about nutritional requirements while bringing farmers into the schools and educating children about healthy food and the farms they comes from.


Government Regulation: California Agricultural and Environmental Leaders Agree on Need for Improvement

The California Roundtable on Agriculture and the Environment (CRAE) has released a new report called “Permitting Restoration” that details regulatory obstacles that deter or prevent farmers and ranchers from improving fish and wildlife habitat. It underscores the increasing burden that government regulation places on many aspects of agriculture, and highlights the need to avoid regulatory duplication, delay and other administrative problems—without compromising environmental quality.

Around the Country
Is your community planning for agriculture? The Planning for an Agricultural Future report formed by Virginia's Rural Enterprise Opportunity Task Force has a checklist of elements that can be included in a plan for agriculture.
Stanislaus County, California, can now require that home builders permanently preserve farmland equal to acreage needed for new subdivisions after the dramatic reversal of a local judge's ruling.
While the scenic and edible benefits of farmland are often highlighted, saving farmland and open space can have enormous economic benefits as well. A new report, Economic Value of Protected Open Space in Southeastern Pennsylvania, shows how communities have a lot to gain from protected open spaces.
California  Roundtable on Agriculture and the Environment (CRAE) has released a new report called “Permitting Restoration” that details regulatory obstacles that deter or prevent farmers and ranchers from improving fish and wildlife habitat.
New Jersey gains farms despite losing farmland. A 10-acre ranch and fleece shop could represent the future of farming in New Jersey, local officials said.
Winrock International’s American Carbon Registry® announced approval of a pioneering greenhouse gas (GHG) offset methodology to quantify agriculture-sector emissions reductions through changes in fertilizer management.
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