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2014-04-11 12:24:19

WASHINGTON, April 11, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- American Farmland Trust is asking the U.S. Senate and House Agriculture Appropriations subcommittees to provide full funding for farmland conservation protection and beginning farmer programs authorized in the 2014 federal Farm Bill. "The recently enacted 2014 Farm Bill already cut food, conservation and agriculture programs by $23 billion contributing proportionately more than their share to deficit reduction," said Andrew...

2014-02-12 08:31:50

ANNAPOLIS, Md., Feb. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- American Farmland Trust (AFT) expressed its disappointment today in a proposal by Governor Martin O'Malley to cut funding for farmland protection in Maryland in half, said Jim Baird, Mid-Atlantic Office Director for AFT. "Until now, Gov. O'Malley has supported full funding for farmland protection in Maryland, however, we are disappointed his budget proposal this year includes $23 million in cuts for the state's agricultural easements...

2014-02-04 16:30:15

WASHINGTON, Feb. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following the passage of the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013 ("Farm Bill") (H.R. 2642) earlier today, National League of Cities (NLC) President Chris Coleman, mayor, Saint Paul, Minn. released this statement: (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081022/NLCLOGO) "We applaud the U.S. Senate for joining the House in passing the "Farm Bill" earlier today. We are glad Congress has recognized the critical...

2014-02-04 16:30:14

HARRISBURG, Pa., Feb. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Governor Tom Corbett today hailed the passage of the federal farm bill, saying it includes his recommendations that fit the unique needs of Pennsylvania's agriculture industry. Congress passed the bill on Feb. 4. "Farmers and agribusinesses drive Pennsylvania's economy, with $68 billion in total economic impact annually," said Corbett. "I commend Pennsylvania's congressional delegation, especially Congressman Glenn G.T. Thompson, for...

2014-02-04 16:24:11

WASHINGTON, Feb. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Farmland Trust today praised final Congressional adoption of the new Farm Bill which makes the biggest reform in agricultural policy in years, according to Andrew McElwaine, President and CEO of AFT. "The new Farm Bill requires farmers who receive crop insurance premium assistance to have a conservation plan which helps protect erodible soil and wetlands," said McElwaine. "Conservation compliance in past has been...

2014-01-31 12:27:14

WASHINGTON, Jan. 31, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- National League of Cities (NLC) President Chris Coleman, mayor, Saint Paul, Minn. released this statement calling on the U.S. Senate to advance the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013 ("Farm Bill") (H.R. 2642): (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081022/NLCLOGO) "We applaud the House for moving beyond the partisan rancor and passing the "Farm Bill" this week; city officials know this bill is vitally...

2014-01-28 12:30:37

WASHINGTON, Jan. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Farmland Trust, the nation's largest organization devoted to farmland protection, calls on Congress to pass the new Farm Bill. The bill includes a number of American Farmland Trust's legislative priorities that will help preserve agricultural land, promote sound farming practices, and help keep farmers on the land. Among the key positions in the new Farm Bill AFT supports are: -- An investment of $2 billion in conservation...

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...

2013-12-19 12:31:09

DAVIS, Calif., Dec. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- American Farmland Trust today released forty-five Profiles In Stewardship showing how farmers and ranchers in 25 California counties have improved the environment by adopting conservation practices that serve as examples for others to follow, according to Andrew McElwaine, President and CEO of AFT. "One of AFT's top priorities is to promote sound farming practices and improve the environment by protecting our land, air and...

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....