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New Research on New England’s Dairy Industry to be Shared During July 31 Webinar


Cris Coffin, (413) 586-4593 x29, coffin@farmland.org


Northampton, Mass., July 19, 2012— New England’s 1700 milk-producing farms anchor the region’s agricultural land base and economy.  As New England strives to create a more resilient food system, grow profitable farm and food enterprises and retain its working farms and forests, new research from the New England Milkshed Assessment sheds light on the health and future of this keystone sector.

Findings from the study, a collaboration between American Farmland Trust and the Agriculture, Food and Environment Program at Tufts University’s Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, will be presented during a webinar on July 31. Topics will include how much of New England’s milk and dairy products are produced and consumed in the region; trends in the region’s dairy sector and implications for its future; potential market opportunities for New England dairy farmers; ways in which state and federal policies impact dairy sustainability; and what consumers can do to support New England dairy farms and farming.

What: Webinar Featuring Findings of the New England Milkshed Assessment

When: Tuesday, July 31 at 11 a.m. Eastern time

Who:  Media, Policymakers, Farm and Dairy Organizations

How to Participate:  Go to www.farmland.org/newengland and click on “Register Now”

Additional information:  

  • Webinar participants can type in questions throughout the presentation that will be addressed by the presenters. 
  • Presenters include Cris Coffin, New England Director of American Farmland Trust; Dr. Hugh Joseph, Adjunct Professor in the Agriculture, Food and Environment Program at Tufts University’s Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy; and Julia Simons, a principal researcher and a graduate of Tuft’s Agriculture, Food and Environment Program.   
  • Following the webinar, a summary of the New England Milkshed Assessment will be available for download www.farmland.org/newengland.

Questions? Contact Cris Coffin at (413) 586-4593 x29 or coffin@farmland.org






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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