2012 National Resources Inventory

1997-2002 2002-2007 2007-2012 1982-2012 Agricultural land converted to developed land (acres) 4,867,400 3,539,100 1,824,500 24,498,500 Agricultural land at the beginning of the reporting period (acres) 937,815,600 926,494,400 918,305,300 971,232,700 Prime agricultural land at the beginning of the reporting period (acres) 271,816,400 267,502,300 264,112,000 281,483,300 Forest land converted to developed land (acres) 4,062,400 2,718,200 1,406,700 17,705,200 … Continued

Farms Under Threat

Farms Under Threat is American Farmland Trust’s multi-year initiative to complete the most comprehensive assessment of the loss of U.S. farmland and ranchland ever undertaken, both past and future. AFT’s goal is to document the threats and offer policy solutions to ensure the long-term protection and conservation of agricultural land in the United States to sustain an expanding population and protect biodiversity. This report examines the nation’s irreversible loss of agricultural land to development between 1992 and 2012.

2018-2019 Non-Operator Landowner Survey

Despite their growing importance, we know very little about non-operating landowners and more importantly, even less about how best to reach, engage and motivate them. Limited research indicates that there may be a linkage between rented land and lack of conservation practices on the land, which results in detrimental environmental impacts. Even more troubling, some of the areas with the highest rates of rental land align with those experiencing high rates of nutrient losses. But the potential for positive change is great!  In response to this data gap, American Farmland Trust partnered with Utah State University to conduct a survey of non-operator landowners. The AFT survey was developed in 2013-2014 by the Non-Operating Landowner National Survey Work Group. This group consists of researchers, practitioners and policy makers involved in working with and/or researching non-operating landowners.

Ann Sorenson

Ann oversees AFT’s research division and plays a lead role with AFT’s comprehensive national mapping project “Farms Under Threat.” While at AFT, she has managed numerous agricultural policy and applied research projects. Ann’s research has played a key role in developing four farm bills, analyzing the fiscal impacts of sprawl, and fostering private markets for the environmental benefits produced by farmland. Ann … Continued

Billy Van Pelt

Billy works with major donors throughout Kentucky and the Southeast, presents at conferences and meetings of allied organizations; and secures partnerships and sponsorships to increase AFT’s visibility across the Southeast. Before joining AFT, he ran his own government relations firm. During this time, he served as the founding CEO of Woodford Forward, a land use advocacy organization.  As … Continued

Overview of 2018 Farm Bill Changes to ACEP-ALE and RCPP

American Farmland Trust detailed changes in the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program – Agricultural Land Easement (ACEP-ALE) and the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) between the 2014 Farm Bill and the new 2018 Farm Bill.

“Agricultural Conservation Easement Program”

The Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) is a voluntary federal conservation program implemented by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) that protects agricultural land and conserves wetlands.

Grass Link

At the Community Food & Agriculture Coalition, we know that there is an enthusiastic generation of beginning farmers and ranchers who want to create successful and sustainable farms and ranches across Montana. We also know that starting farming is tough work! We understand the challenges of finding land, accessing markets, tracking down financing, building a … Continued

Maine Distributed Solar Valuation Study

During its 2014 session, the Maine Legislature enacted an Act to Support Solar Energy Development in Maine.  P.L Chapter 562 (April 24, 2014) (codified at 35‐A M.R.S. §§ 3471‐3473) (“Act”).  Section 1 of the Act contains the Legislative finding that it is in the public interest is to develop renewable energy resources, including solar energy, in a … Continued

Finger Lakes LandLink

The Finger Lakes LandLink is a project of Cornell Cooperative Extension Tompkins County and Groundswell Center for Local Food and Farming. The purpose of LandLink is to facilitate connections between land owners and land seekers in the Finger Lakes region. The LandLink database stores information about land available for lease, loan or sale for beginning … Continued

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