No Farms No Food
American Farmland Trust tackles the biggest threats to our nation’s farmland and family farmers.
Farms Under Threat: The State of America's Farmland
America’s farms are critical national infrastructure, but are disappearing at the alarming rate of 3 acres every single minute. Our new Farms Under Threat report finds that 31 million acres of farmland were lost between 1992 and 2012. That’s nearly twice as much as previous datasets have shown.Read the Report
What’s at Risk:
FARMLANDOver 175 acres of U.S. farm and ranch land are lost every hour
We can’t live without the land that grows our food. We must act now.Learn More
FARMERS57% of America's farmers are 55 or older
Many family farmers are nearing retirement age while others are having a hard time getting or staying in business. They need our support.Learn More
SOIL1.7 billion tons of topsoil are lost to erosion each year in America
Healthy soils keep carbon in the ground and out of the atmosphere where it becomes carbon dioxide, a major greenhouse gas. Farm practices that keep the soil healthy are powerful weapons in the fight against climate change.Learn More
WATER70% of the fresh water used in the world today is managed by farmers and ranchers
Our farm and ranch land filters much of our streams, estuaries and aquifers. Ninety percent of the rain and snow that falls in the contiguous United States falls first on private lands.Learn More
FOOD91% of fruits & 77% of vegetables are grown in the path of development
Since 1982, the United States has developed more than 25 million acres of agricultural land—much of it the most productive land needed to grow our food.Learn More
American Farmland Trust Saves the Land that Sustains Us
In our 38-year history, American Farmland Trust has helped to save more 6.5 million acres of farm and ranch land and contributed to conservation improvements on millions more.
AFT fights for programs and policies that help save farmland, farmers and the environment.
AFT educates the public about the importance of the nation’s farms and farmland - to help stop their loss.
AFT pioneers cutting-edge techniques that save farmland and protect natural resources.
AFT conducts respected research as the foundation of our programs.
AFT builds coalitions to achieve large-scale solutions and lasting change.
27 State farmland protection programs established nationwide
78% Reduction in soil erosion on thousands of acres in the Midwest
24% Reduction in fertilizer use among farmers in our BMP Challenge
$1 Billion In new funding for farmers who grow fruits, vegetables and nuts
With your help, we will protect the nation’s best farm and ranch land forever – so we all have food on our plates and a clean environment for generations to come. Please join us in saving the land that sustains us.