Donate E-News Signup Contact Site Map Search

Media Contact:
Laura Trivers



For Credentialed Media:

Sign up to be on AFT's electronic media distribution list by sending an e-mail to aroyce@farmland.org with your contact information and beat.

American Farmland Trust on FacebookAmerican Farmland Trust on TwitterAmerican Farmland Trust on YoutubeAmerican Farmland Trust on Blog
Press Releases
  Print This Page


March 20, 2015
Testimony of Andrew McElwaine, President and CEO of AFT, to the House Appropriations Committee
Washington, D.C.-- I am Andrew McElwaine, President and Chief Executive Officer of American Farmland Trust.  I am writing in support of full mandatory funding for agricultural conservation programs administered by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) as enacted in the Agriculture Act of 2014. We also urge the subcommittee to support the discretionary appropriation of $831 million for NRCS’s Conservation Operations (CO) account. 


March 4, 2015
American Farmland Trust Awards Funding to Help Hudson Valley Farmers and Landowners Keep Land in Agriculture
Saratoga Springs, NY--Efforts to keep Hudson Valley farmland in agriculture got a boost today from American Farmland Trust (AFT) with the announcement of grants to six partner organizations in the Hudson Valley Farmlink Network. These organizations will use the nearly $50,000 in grant funds, along with matching funds, to support projects that serve beginning farmers, senior farmers and agricultural landowners.
March 2, 2015
Eight Communities of Opportunity Will Strengthen Links Between Farmers and Consumers--Growing Food Connections Announces Communities from New Mexico to Maine

Washington, D.C.--Eight communities across the country will receive training and assistance to link family farmers and local residents who lack access to healthy food. Growing Food Connections (GFC) will help local governments, planners, family farmers, and consumers work together to strengthen their food systems. 

February 18, 2015
American Farmland Trust Report Confirms: Greenhouse Gas Emissions from California Urban Land Use Significantly Greater than From State's Crop Production
Sacramento, CA--An American Farmland Trust study released today finds that per acre greenhouse gas emissions from urban land uses in California are 58 times greater than for production of the state’s leading crops – a conclusion clearly supporting a policy of investing in programs that effectively conserve and protect agricultural land.
February 18, 2015
American Farmland Trust Selects John Larson to be Executive Director for Programs Department
Washington, D.C.-- American Farmland Trust today named John Larson as Executive Director For Programs.  Larson comes to AFT from the National Association Conservation Districts (NACD) where he served as Chief Executive Officer since 2011.
January 28, 2015
Heidi Eisenhour Named Pacific Northwest Director for American Farmland Trust
Washington, D.C.--American Farmland Trust welcomes Heidi Eisenhour as our Pacific Northwest Director.  With more than 20 years of conservation experience, Eisenhour will lead the Pacific Northwest office, which focuses on saving farmland, engaging farmers in enhancing water quality and salmon habitat, and building support and resources for young and beginning farmers.
January 28, 2015
American Farmland Trust Welcomes Jeff Ten Eyck to Help Farmers Protect Clean Water and Healthy Soil in New York
Saratoga Springs, NY--American Farmland Trust welcomes Jeff Ten Eyck who will serve as its New York Agricultural Stewardship Specialist. Ten Eyck will help New York farmers adopt  farming practices to protect water quality, respond to climate change, and achieve the  environmental benefits that come from well-managed farmland. 
January 26, 2015
Women Farmland Owners in Northern Illinois invited to Free Discussion on Sustainable Farm Leasing, February 12 in Woodstock

woodstock, IL --Women who own or manage farmland in McHenry and surrounding counties are invited to participate in a free discussion on sustainable farm leasing and talking to your tenant on February 12 in Woodstock. 

January 14, 2015
American Farmland Trust Applauds Announcement of $13 Million for Delaware River Farmers

Washington, D.C.--American Farmland Trust today hailed the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s announcement of a $13 million grant to help restore the Delaware River.  “This grant will help farmers be the solution for clean water, not the problem, in the Delaware River Basin,” said AFT President Andrew McElwaine.  American Farmland Trust, a nonprofit dedicated to protecting farmland by the acre, from development, and by the inch, from erosion, is the lead agency for the new USDA funds.

December 19, 2014
New Berkshire County Grant Program Aids Farm Transfer and Farmland Access
Northampton, MA--To help farm families concerned with farm transfer and farmland access, American Farmland Trust today announces funding for Berkshire County farmers and farmland owners to defray some of the associated costs with these issues.
November 19, 2014
American Farmland Trust Thanks Gov-Elect Hogan for Commitment to Protect State's Farmland
Washington, D.C.--American Farmland Trust, along with colleagues from Partners for Open Space, today thanked Governor-Elect Larry Hogan for his commitment to  farmland protection and promised to work with him to protect Maryland’s farms, parks and forests.
November 18, 2014
Working Lands Alliance Honors Senator Williams with Legislative Leadership Award
Hartford, Connecticut--The Working Lands Alliance, a project of American Farmland Trust, today honored State Senator Donald E. Williams, Jr. with its Legislative Leadership Award for his dedication to preserving Connecticut’s farmland and agricultural heritage.
October 24, 2014
College and University Students Accross New York State Celebrate National Food Day with First Ever NY Campus Crunch
Albany, New York--University and college students across New York State celebrated National Food Day today with the inaugural NY Campus Crunch, taking a collective bite out of apples grown on New York State farms in demonstration of their support for serving locally grown food in campus cafeterias. 
October 20, 2014
Growing Food Connections Food Policy Database to Help Communities Strengthen Their Food Systems
Lexington, Kentucky--Municipalities and counties got a big boost today with the unveiling of a searchable database with more than 100 newly adopted innovative, local government food system policies that can be shared and adapted across the country. The Growing Food Connections Policy Database, hosted by the School of Architecture and Planning at the University at Buffalo, will assist local governments as they work to broaden access to healthy food and help sustain local farms and food producers.
October 16, 2014
Remarks of Andrew McElwaine, President, American Farmland Trust: Flinchbaugh's Orchard, Hellam, PA

Governor Corbett, Secretary Grieg, and so many wonderful friends, American Farmland Trust is deeply honored to celebrate with you today and congratulate all of you on such a wonderful milestone.

October 16, 2014
Indiana Family Farmer Highlighted in National Campaign- Nearly 2,000 American Farmland Trust Supporters Send Thank You Notes
Washington, D.C.--American Farmland Trust (AFT) has collected nearly 2,000 signatures through a fall “Thank a Family Farmer” campaign – celebrating Indiana’s own Sara Creech of Blue Yonder Organic Farm.
October 16, 2014
State Ag Commissioner Keynote Speaker at Hudson Valley Farm to Institution Summit
New Paltz, New York-- New York State Agriculture and Markets Commissioner Richard Ball today encouraged institutions in the Hudson Valley to “take advantage of the abundant agricultural products grown and produced in New York in providing meals to their customers.”
October 13, 2014
American Farmland Trust Board of Directors Elects Buzz Thompson as Chair, Succeeds Miranda Kaiser
Washington, D.C.--American Farmland Trust’s board of directors unanimously elected Buzz Thompson as board chair at their quarterly meeting in Washington.  Thompson succeeds Miranda Kaiser, who completed her four-year board chair term, ending 14 years of service on the AFT board.
October 9, 2014
Congressman Maloney Applauds Hudson Valley Farmlink Network A New Partnership to Help the Next Generation of Farmers Access Farmland
Warwick, New York--With roughly 30 percent of Hudson Valley farmland managed by farmers over age 65, a significant amount of farmland must be transferred to the next generation of farmers or lost forever to real estate development. The newly launched Hudson Valley Farmlink Network will offer resources for senior farmers, next generation farmers, and landowners to help keep the region’s farmland in agricultural production.
September 17, 2014
New Survey Uncovers Barriers that Prevent Farmers and Ranchers from Participating in Conservation Programs
Seattle, Washington--Many conservation incentive programs exist to help farmers and ranchers achieve desirable environmental outcomes like cleaner air, water and protected wildlife habitat.  However, farmers and ranchers don’t always participate in such programs – in part because they don’t know the options exist, according to a recent survey sponsored by American Farmland Trust (AFT) and the Snohomish Conservation District.
September 17, 2014
American Farmland Trust's I Love My Farmers Market Celebration Marks Nearly Half A Million Dollars In Pledges to Local Markets Check out Top Celebrated Markets in All 50 States
Washington, D.C.-- After more than three months, the 2014 I Love My Farmers Market Celebration closed this past weekend – marking the end of the sixth year American Farmland Trust has highlighted the important role farmers markets play at keeping family farmers on the land. The final list of the most celebrated markets can be viewed at www.lovemyfarmersmarket.org.
September 9, 2014
Workshop on Farm Leasing for Farmers and Landowners--September 16
Saratoga Springs, NY--A  workshop about farm leasing for farmers and landowners, co-hosted by American Farmland Trust, GrowNYC and Westchester Land Trust, will be held on Tuesday, September 16, from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm at the Westchester Land Trust office at 403 Harris Road, Bedford Hills New York.
September 8, 2014
Celebrate the Ossining's Down to Earth Farmers Market with American Farmland Trust
Washington, D.C.--  Join American Farmland Trust at Ossining’s Down to Earth Farmers Market on Saturday, September 13, for a special I Love Ossining's Down to Earth Farmers Market celebration. This one-day event is part of American Farmland Trust’s national I Love My Farmers Market Celebration, an annual campaign raising awareness about the role farmers markets play in keeping family farmers on the land.


August 21, 2014
Celebrate the Aptos Farmers Market with American Farmland Trust
Washington, D.C.--Join American Farmland Trust at the Aptos Farmers Market on Saturday, August 30, for a special I Love the Aptos Farmers Market celebration. This one-day event is part of American Farmland Trust’s national I Love My Farmers Market Celebration, an annual campaign raising awareness about the role farmers markets play in keeping family farmers on the land.
July 24, 2014
Leaderboard Open for American Farmland Trust's I Love My Farmers Market Celebration
Washington, D.C.--Whether your recipe calls for ripe tomatoes, sweet corn, juicy berries or crunchy kale – summer is the perfect time to shop at your local farmers market. Your purchase not only provides fresh, healthy produce for your family, it also provides a critical source of income for family farmers.
June 24, 2014
New AFT Report: Few Resources Available to Help Beginning Farmers Acquire Land
Washington, D.C.-- New and beginning farmers and ranchers’ most universal challenge is acquiring farmland to rent or to buy, according to a report released today by the American Farmland Trust (AFT). However, while a well-developed infrastructure is in place to help beginners with production, marketing, credit, and finance, there are far too few resources to help them secure appropriate land to enter and succeed in agriculture.
June 11, 2014
Groups Decry Hundreds of Millions in Conservation Cuts Urge Appropriators to Honor Farm Bill Commitments, Restore Funding to Critical Programs
Washington, D.C.-- Concerned that proposed cuts to federal agriculture conservation programs will have dire consequences for agriculture, the environment, and food security, more than 30 groups today urged Congress to honor the commitments made in the 2014 Farm Bill and restore hundreds of millions of dollars in additional cuts to critical conservation programs.
June 11, 2014
Resource Guide, Webinar Available to Assist RCPP Proposals
Washington, D.C.-- With one month before the first deadline of USDA’s Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP), American Farmland Trust today released a resource guide to provide additional information for partners as they develop proposals.
May 29, 2014
American Farmland Trust: Connecticut Working Lands Alliance Announces Winners of Student Essay Contest
Windsor, CT.-- The Connecticut Working Lands Alliance, a project of American Farmland Trust, today announced the seven winners of the first-ever FFA/Agriscience/4-H Student Essay Contest.
May 28, 2014
American Farmland Trust Welcomes Laura Trivers As Director of Marketing and Communications
Washington, D.C.-- American Farmland Trust today announced the appointment of Laura Trivers as the director of marketing and communications. Trivers comes to AFT with more than a decade of experience at the intersection of food and agriculture policy and communications.
May 27, 2014
American Farmland Trust Encourages Participation In Innovative USDA Regional Conservation Partnership Program
Washington, D.C.-- American Farmland Trust, which is devoted to farm and ranch land protection, today endorsed the launch of the USDA Regional Conservation Partnership Program calling on the farm conservation community to help implement the new policy.
May 27, 2014
American Farmland Trust, Farm and Conservation Groups, Communities Applaud New York's Restart of Farmland Protection Program
Saratoga Springs, NY-- American Farmland Trust and representatives of agriculture, conservation and communities throughout New York today applauded the announcement by Governor Andrew Cuomo that New York is restarting its Farmland Protection Program with $20.5 million in state funding.
May 2, 2014
American Farmland Trust: 2012 Census of Agriculture Shows Steady Decline Continues In Land Devoted to Farming, But that's Not the Whole Story
Washington, D.C.-- The 2012 Census of Agriculture released today shows a nationwide drop in land devoted to agricultural production from 922 million acres in 2007 to less than 915 million acres. This reduction continues a downward trend that has resulted in a 72 million acre decrease of land in agriculture since 1982.
May 1, 2014
American Farmland Trust Honors Two Berks County Agricultural Land Preservation Board Charter Members With Local Hero Awards in Pennsylvania

Reading, PA--American Farmland Trust and the Pennsylvania Farmland Preservation Association today announced Dr. Robert C. Ziegenfus and Victoria Kintzer, two charter members of the Berks County Agricultural Land Preservation Board, are winners of this year’s Local Hero Award.

April 24, 2014
American Farmland Trust Report Highlights New Funding Opportunities to Help Long Island Farmers Protect Clean Water
Suffolk County, NY--American Farmland Trust today released a new report to help Long Island communities and farmers pursue new conservation funding options made available through the new Farm Bill.
April 11, 2014
American Farmland Trust Urges Congress to Provide Full Funding for Farm Conservation, Protection, Beginning Farmer and Other Programs Authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill
Washington, DC-- American Farmland Trust is asking the U.S. Senate and House Agriculture Appropriations subcommittees to provide full funding for farmland conservation protection and beginning farmer programs authorized in the 2014 federal Farm Bill.
April 9, 2014
American Farmland Trust Names Larry Werries, Former Director of Agriculture, Coordinator for Innovative Lake Mauvaise Terre Watershed Farmer Outreach Project in Jacksonville, Morgan County
Jacksonville, IL-- American Farmland Trust today announced Larry Werries, former Director of the Illinois Department of Agriculture, will be the Watershed Coordinator for a new outreach program to farmers designed to reduce sediments and nutrient runoff in the Lake Mauvaise Terre Watershed in Jacksonville, Morgan County, Illinois.
April 1, 2014
Women Owning or Managing Farm Operations Are Invited to the April 22 Women Caring for the Land Conservation Discussion and Field Tour in Arcola, Illinois
Normal, IL--American Farmland Trust, Women, Food and Agriculture Network, The Nature Conservation and the Coles and Douglas County Soil and Water Conservation Districts will hold a Women Caring for the Land Conservation Discussion in Arcola, Douglas County, Illinois on April 22.
March 31, 2014
American Farmland Trust, The Culinary Institute of America, Fabulous Beekman Boys Hold Special Event To Raise Awareness In Culinary Students About Issues Facing Farmers
Hyde Park, NY--The Fabulous Beekman Boys Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell of Beekman 1802 Monday joined American Farmland Trust and The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) to host a screening of The First Season, a powerful documentary about dairy farming in New York, to raise awareness in CIA students about the issues faced by farmers.
March 27, 2014
Report by American Farmland Trust, Conservation Law Foundation and the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group Furthers Efforts to Build a Sustainable Regional Food System in Six New England States
Boston, MA-- American Farmland Trust, Conservation Law Foundation and the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group released a report today geared toward generating a serious discussion on building a sustainable, regional food system in six New England states.
March 21, 2014
American Farmland Trust: April 8 Workshop in Greenwich, New York to Educate Farmers on How to Transfer Farmland to New Farmers Through Estate Planning
Saratoga Springs, NY--American Farmland Trust has partnered with members of the Hudson Valley Farmlink Network to host a workshop on April 8 in Greenwich, New York to help educate farmers and landowners on how to effectively transfer farmland to new farmers through estate planning.
March 20, 2014
Connecticut Working Lands Alliance Announces Essay Contest for High School Students Interested in Agriculture, Winners Receive $1,000 in Cash Prizes, Dinner With Governor Malloy, Agriculture Commissioner Reviczky
Windsor, CT-- The Working Lands Alliance, a project of American Farmland Trust, urges high school students interested in agriculture to enter the first-ever FFA/Agriscience/4-H Student Essay Contest and compete for $1,000 in prizes.
March 11, 2014
American Farmland Trust Helps Farmers In Ohio River Basin Participate In First Interstate Water Quality Trades to Fund Conservation Practices
Cincinnati, OH--

American Farmland Trust (AFT) has partnered with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and other collaborators in a pilot program to help farmers in the Ohio River Basin participate in the first-ever interstate water quality credit trading program to fund on-farm installation of conservation practices.

February 18, 2014
American Farmland Trust Receives $200,000 Grant To Expand Local Markets For Farmers Through The Farm To Institution New York State Partnership
Saratoga Springs, NY-- American Farmland Trust (AFT) today announced it has received a $200,000 grant from the Local Economies Project of the New World Foundation to expand new, local markets for farmers through the Farm To Institution New York State Partnership (FINYS).
February 12, 2014
American Farmland Trust: Maryland Bucks National Trend, Proposes to Cut Farmalnd Protection Funding in Half
Annapolis, MD--American Farmland Trust (AFT) expressed its disappointment today in a proposal by Governor Martin O’Malley to cut funding for farmland protection in Maryland in half, said Jim Baird, Mid-Atlantic Office Director for AFT.
February 4, 2014
American Farmland Trust: Final Passage of the New Farm Bill Makes Biggest Reform in Agricultural Policy in Years
Washington, D.C.-- The American Farmland Trust today praised final Congressional adoption of the new Farm Bill which makes the biggest reform in agricultural policy in years, according to Andrew McElwaine, President and CEO of AFT.
February 4, 2014
American Farmland Trust to hold First National Farmland, Food and Livable Communities Conference in Kentucky Oct. 20-22
Lexington, KY--American Farmland Trust (AFT) announced the Farmland, Food and Livable Communities Conference will be held in Lexington, KY. on Oct. 20-22. The conference will bring together leading experts from around the country for the first nationwide conference focused on farming, land use, and food policy. It will showcase and encourage best practices and inspire efforts to protect farmland and the environment, support the next generation of farmers and women in agriculture, encourage job creation and create new opportunities in local and regional food systems.
January 28, 2014
American Farmland Trust Calls on Congress to Pass the New Farm Bill

Washington, D.C.--The American Farmland Trust, the nation's largest organization devoted to farmland protection, calls on Congress to pass the new Farm Bill.  The bill includes a number of American Farmland Trust's legislative priorities that will help preserve agricultural land, promote sound farming practices, and help keep farmers on the land.

January 28, 2014
American Farmland Trust: February 5 Ohio Farmland Preservation Summit Will Bring Together Farmers, Public Officials, Land Trusts And Others Interested In Protecting Farmland
Columbus, OH-- The American Farmland Trust, Ohio Department of Agriculture, OSU Extension and other sponsors invite farmers, public officials, landowners, planners and land trusts to the 14th annual Ohio Farmland Preservation Summit on February 5 at the Columbus campus of Ohio State University.
January 27, 2014
American Farmland Trust Adds Staff to Expand Next Generation Farmers, Farm to Institution Programs in New York State
Saratoga Springs, NY-- American Farmland Trust (AFT) today announced the addition of two new staff to expand its capacity in New York State to help transition farms to the next generation and promote new markets for local agricultural products through its Farm to Institution New York State initiative, according to David Haight, New York State Director for AFT.
January 21, 2014
American Farmland Trust Survey Shows State Funding For Agricultural Land Protection Remains 39% Below 2008 Levels Despite An Increase of 19% From 2011 to 2013
Washington, D.C.-- The annual American Farmland Trust survey of state farm and ranch land protection programs shows a 19 percent increase in funding from 2011 to 2012, but funding levels are still 39 percent below where they were in 2008, according to Andrew McElwaine, President and CEO of AFT.
January 17, 2014
AFT Applauds Congressional Action on the Omnibus Appropriations Bill Renewing Federal Funding for Farm Conservation and Protection Programs
Washington, D.C.-- American Farmland Trust today applauded Congressional action on the fiscal year 2014 omnibus appropriations bill which increases funding for conservation technical assistance and fully funds the Farm and Ranchland Protection Program, according to Andrew McElwaine, President and CEO of AFT.
January 09, 2014
AFT Invites Illinois Farmers to Attend Conservation Cropping Seminar

Bloomington, IN--American Farmland Trust today invited Illinois farmers to attend one of three upcoming Conservation Cropping Seminars sponsored by the Illinois Department of Agriculture, AFT and other partners to learn more about conservation tillage and other practices that will help make their farms more efficient, said Michael Baise, Midwest Director of AFT.

AFT In Your State
The Apple as Planet Earth Presentation

The Apple as Planet Earth
Learn why protecting our farmland is so important.

American Farmland Trust