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Forum to Address the Future of U.S. Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation, and Rural Lands April 7-8

Robyn Miller-Tarnoff: 703-405-8355 (cell), media@farmland.org
Washington, D.C., March 17, 2011 —What is the future of U.S. agricultural conservation policy in the face of tight budgets, competing interests, rapid technological change and private sector innovations? Come shape the debate at the National Agricultural Landscapes Forum April 7-8 at the Marriott Hotel at Metro Center in Washington, DC.

Capitol Hill, state and federal agency staff, local government and Tribal officials, agriculture and conservation organizations, farmers and ranchers, and others concerned about the future of the nation’s agricultural landscape are encouraged to participate in this two-day policy discussion hosted by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, American Farmland Trust and Farm Foundation NFP. Sponsors include Altria Group, CropLife America, DuPont, the National Association of Conservation Districts and The Nature Conservancy.

A Blue Ribbon Panel of authorities in agriculture and conservation—farmers, former state secretaries of agriculture, government officials and other conservation leaders—will help guide the discussion and provide thought-provoking insights. Regional Roundtables held in advance of the Forum by Farm Foundation NFP are bringing diverse “on-the-ground” perspectives to inform Forum discussions.

“The goal of Forum is to provide a venue for key stakeholders to engage in honest dialogue about priorities for USDA’s national conservation program and the future of the agricultural landscape given multiple, often competing, demands on our land and water resources to produce everything from food, shelter and domestic energy, to economic development and ecosystem services,” said Julia Freedgood, managing director of Farmland and Community Initiatives for American Farmland Trust.

There is no charge to attend the National Agricultural Landscapes Forum, but participation is limited and pre-registration is required by March 31.  For program details or to register, go to www.farmland.org/aglandscapes.



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.

American Farmland Trust