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2014

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.

 
 
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