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A Year of Progress for Farms, Food & Farmland
The closing of another year is a time for reflection on the
progress we’ve made while charting a course to prepare for the opportunities of
the coming year. We have drawn support from farmers and citizens alike to
preserve policies and programs at all levels of government that will protect
farmland, promote environmentally friendly farming practices, and keep farmers
on the land. Our efforts have had direct impacts as we’ve worked with farmers
and ranchers to preserve our precious land and water resources.
We’re proud of our efforts over the past year to protect and
working lands and grateful to our partners and supporters for their vital roles
in these achievements. Read our updates about the past year of work throughout
the United States.
What's Next for the Farm
With the Super Committee unable to meet a resolution,
discussions on the next farm bill have slowed and the current thinking is that
the process will stretch into the spring. The lengthier deliberations timeframe
will allow for further analysis of the
2012 Farm Bill proposal from the Agriculture Committees’ leadership and
for opportunities to incorporate public comment. Check our timeline of the farm bill process
that will be updated as more information unfolds. If you live in the Northeast or
are interested in how the farm bill impacts farms and food there, please join
one of our upcoming farm bill webinars on conservation and local and
The Best Holiday Gifts Come From Farmers
the town of Citra, located just off the shores
of Orange Lake,
is one of Florida’s
greatest gems: The Orange Shop.
Co-owners Pete and Cindy Spyke are third-generation citrus growers whose groves
have been bearing fruit since the Civil War. In addition to selling
their fruit to locals and travelers at their historic storefront, they
sell a dazzling array of fruit boxes, gift baskets and even a Christmas tree of
premium fruit and other holiday delights.
the month of December Pete and Cindy are donating 20% of sales on any product in the Orange Shop’s online store to
American Farmland Trust when you use coupon code FARMLAND, which also
will give you free shipping!
AROUND THE COUNTRY
A new database tool will help
public and private decision makers be more informed about the conservation of
working rural lands in Texas.
A new “Field
to Food Bank” project in Wisconsin
will result in a “chain of generosity” that seeks to support farmers in the
state and help feed residents in need.
crop prices and the housing slump, some farmers and investors in Arizona, Florida and Illinois are buying
land that had been slated for development and using it for agriculture.
Iowa State University’s
Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture and
GROWN Locally have teamed up to develop Grower's
Manual: A Template for Grower Cooperatives, a guide to help local food
cooperatives improve their handling practices and meet food safety standards.
report from the National Young
Farmers’ Coalition details the
biggest challenges faced by young and beginning farmers based on a survey
of 1,300 individuals.
With global populations on the rise, the U.N. Food
and Agriculture Organization recently warned that the
trend of increasing acreage of highly degraded land—noted to be up to 25
percent of all land globally—must be reversed.
webinar in our series on Local and Regional Food Systems Planning will take
place December 13 at 2 pm. Register
for the webinar on county- and community-based planning.