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American Farmland Trust Hires Daniel O’Connell as
San Joaquin Valley Field Representative

Ed Thompson:202-309-1162, ethompson@farmland.org
Washington, D.C., January 9, 2012 —American Farmland Trust is pleased to welcome Daniel O’Connell to its California staff as San Joaquin Valley Field Representative. O’Connell comes to AFT from the Sequoia Riverlands Trust, where he launched that organization’s farmland conservation program and later served as its associate director.

O’Connell received a Masters in International Agricultural Development from U.C. Davis and recently earned a PhD in Education from Cornell University. He has a broad base of experience in working with farmers. As a Peace Corps volunteer, he worked with subsistence farmers in Africa to improve agricultural practices and quality of life. He later worked with University of California Cooperative Extension in rural, agricultural communities of Yolo County. Recently, he facilitated the completion of the first agricultural conservation easements with farmers in the four-county region of the southern San Joaquin Valley.

A native of Southern California, O’Connell is based in Tulare County. His duties will include collaborating with public officials, farmers, and residents to implement strategies to protect farmland; raising public awareness of the economic importance of agriculture in the San Joaquin Valley; and emphasizing the significance of the region’s agriculture to national food security. 

O’Connell can be reached at doconnell@farmland.org or 559-967-1940.

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American Farmland Trust is the nation's leading conservation organization dedicated to protecting farmland, promoting sound farming practices and keeping farmers on the land. Since its founding in 1980 by a group of farmers and citizens concerned about the rapid loss of farmland to development, AFT has helped save millions of acres of farmland from development and led the way for the adoption of conservation practices on millions more.

AFT's national office is located in Washington, DC. Phone: 202-331-7300. For more information, visit www.farmland.org.

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