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2014-01-17 12:25:31

WASHINGTON, Jan. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- American Farmland Trust today applauded Congressional action on the fiscal year 2014 omnibus appropriations bill which increases funding for conservation technical assistance and fully funds the Farm and Ranchland Protection Program, according to Andrew McElwaine, President and CEO of AFT. "The action by Congress to fully fund the Farm and Ranchland Protection Program is welcome news and reaffirms the federal government's commitment to...

2013-12-20 12:26:03

$6 million available to permanently protect farm and ranchlands throughout California DAVIS, Calif., Dec. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Land trusts and other eligible entities interested in permanently protecting farm or ranchlands in California are encouraged to get their applications in soon. The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in California has set Feb. 14, 2014, as the deadline for accepting applications for the Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program...

2013-12-12 16:22:38

WASHINGTON, Dec. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Congress is about to impose a new conservation fee on farmers and ranchers who volunteer to help the environment as part of the Senate-House budget agreement, according to Andrew McElwaine, President and CEO of American Farmland Trust. AFT today said it will oppose a provision in the agreement authorizing the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service to charge farmers up to $150 to help them prepare farm conservation plans....

2013-12-11 08:33:06

WASHINGTON, Dec. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A recent survey of farmers and ranchers by American Farmland Trust and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln shows the need for Congress to pass the Farm Bill, according to Andrew McElwaine, President and CEO of AFT. AFT and the University surveyed farmers and ranchers who have benefitted from the bill's Farm and Ranch Land Protection Program. "The Farm and Ranch Land Protection Program is one of many critical agriculture programs...

2013-11-27 12:24:53

WASHINGTON, Nov. 27, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Andrew McElwaine, President and CEO of the American Farmland Trust, issued the following statement on the status of negotiations in Congress on the federal Farm Bill and urged citizens to express their support to members of Congress for farmland protection as Americans sit down to their Thanksgiving dinners-- "Congressional negotiators are working on the final phase of the 2013 Farm Bill, and everything is on the negotiating...

2013-11-20 12:29:20

ALBANY, N.Y., Nov. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- In a keynote address before more than 225 attendees at the Harvesting Opportunities Conference in Albany Wednesday, Andrew McElwaine, President and CEO of the American Farmland, urged New York state officials to restart its efforts to protect farmland from development. "We are facing a global challenge to double food production by 2050," said McElwaine. "Yet, in this country we have been paving over the farmland needed for producing food...

2013-11-19 12:32:10

WINDSOR, Conn., Nov. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Working Lands Alliance, a project of American Farmland Trust, presented Connecticut Representatives Linda Gentile and Arthur O'Neill its Legislative Leadership Award for farmland preservation efforts at a ceremony on November 13, according to Terry Jones, chair of the Alliance. "We are very pleased this year to recognize two legislators for the role they played in passing legislation to permanently preserve 825 acres of prime farmland...

2013-11-14 16:29:45

WINDSOR, Conn., Nov. 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Working Lands Alliance, a project of American Farmland Trust, recognized two individuals and a dairy cooperative of six family farms in Connecticut with Farmland Preservation Pathfinder Awards at a special ceremony on November 13, according to Terry Jones, chair of the Working Lands Alliance. The Alliance is a statewide coalition dedicated to preserving Connecticut's productive farmland and presents the Pathfinder Awards to recognize...

2013-11-14 16:23:01

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y., Nov. 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Two hundred farmers, public officials, food professionals, land trusts and citizens will be coming to Albany on November 20th to attend the Harvesting Opportunities In New York: Growing Local Food Economies and Protecting Farmland Conference organized by the American Farmland Trust. The one-day conference is designed to inspire and educate New Yorkers on ways to expand the state's farm economy, protect farmland and expand access...

2013-10-31 12:28:05

WASHINGTON, Oct. 31, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Congressional Conferees began work Wednesday on resolving differences between the Senate and House provisions in the Farm Bill, but Andrew McElwaine, President and CEO American Farmland Trust, noted the federal shutdown has not ended for many farm programs because the existing Farm Bill expired on September 30. "Farmers have been stuck in limbo since September 30 when the Farm Bill expired. They haven't been able to sign up for several...