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AFT Applauds President-elect Obama's Energy and Environment Cabinet Nominations
Jennifer Morrill: 202-378-1255, jmorrill@farmland.org

Washington, D.C., December 17, 2008 —American Farmland Trust (AFT) applauds President-elect Barack Obama’s nominations of Steven Chu as Secretary of Energy; Lisa Jackson as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency; Nancy Sutley as Chairman of the Council on Environmental Quality; and Carol Browner as the Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change.

“President-elect Obama has already demonstrated a strong interest in energy, climate change and environmental issues, particularly as they relate to the agriculture sector. He is assembling a first-rate team to make real his campaign promises to address our nation’s renewable energy needs and deal with pressing national and global environmental issues,” said Jon Scholl, AFT President.

AFT looks forward to working with the new administration. Farmers and ranchers provide much more than the basics, Scholl adds. “Farmers don’t just grow food and fiber—they can also contribute to a cleaner environment and a better climate! President-elect Obama is showing he understands the potential of U.S. agriculture to be a big part of the solution to issues that challenge our nation.”

AFT has launched a new campaign called Agriculture & Environment that helps farmers and ranchers improve water quality and combat climate change while maintaining an economically vibrant agriculture sector. More information on this campaign can be found at www.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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