What’s at Risk:
FARMLANDOver 40 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
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.