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"There is little to be gained by extending policies rooted in the past. AFT wisely sets the stage for a 21st century farm policy that meets the needs of 21st century agriculture."

-John Hardin,
Indiana Pork and Grain Producer

 
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Fund national priorities first

American Farmland Trust worked with a coalition of legislators and stakeholders to advance priorities that cross-cut the farm bill to better serve farmers, ranchers, communities and consumers:

Development PressureExpand conservation and farm and ranch land protection programs.
Currently, 2 out of 3 farmers seeking conservation assistance are turned away due to lack of funds, and our farmland is disappearing at an alarming rate of 2 acres per minute. Better programs are needed.

Flooded FarmTransform commodity subsidy programs.
Better apply taxpayer dollars with a more efficient revenue-based program that provides better protection at a lower cost for farmers.

 

Farmer's MarketIncrease access to healthy and local foods.
Our food travels between 1,500 and 2,500 miles. Local food is fresher, and supports the local economy.



Farmer growing switchgrassPromote renewable energy.
Renewable energy from agriculture accounts for only 4% of U.S. fuel needs, but could provide up to 30% and serve as a valuable income for rural communities.

 

School LunchExtend nutrition programs to end hunger in America.
35 million Americans do not have all they need to eat. A balanced farm bill will expand benefits and streamline enrollment to reach more Americans in need.

View our timeline for an overview of the farm bill process.

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AFT Farm Policy BrochureAFT's Farm and Food Policy for All—Farmers, Citizens and Communities pdf

 
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AFT'S POLICY RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE 2007
FARM BILL
(the below are PDF documents )

SAFETY NET POLICIES:

Average Crop Revenue Program

Green Payments

STEWARDSHIP POLICIES:

Strengthen Stewardship on the Landscape

Environmental Quality Incentives Program

Cooperative Conservation Partnership

Conservation Loan Guarantee Program

Conservation Reserve Program

NEW MARKETS POLICIES:

Farm and Ranch Profitability Grants Program

Grow Renewable Energy

Revitalize Agricultural Communities

FOUNDATION POLICIES:

Protect Working Farms and Ranches for Future Generations

Stem the Loss of Important Agricultural Land

Expand and Improve Technical Assistance

Improve Research and Extension

Provide Opportunities for Socially Disadvantaged and Beginning Farmers

 
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