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In late 1993, American Farmland Trust initiated the Agricultural Conservation Alternatives project in preparation for the 1995 Farm Bill. Eighteen agricultural leaders reviewed 25 existing and...
This research report addresses farm and ranch access, tenure, succession and stewardship in the U.S. The FarmLASTS Project researchers investigated how farms and ranches are acquired and held by farm...
This report is designed for a diverse audience of farmers, food producers and processors, community leaders and citizens, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations. The Northern Tier...
On November 6, 2001, nearly 1.3 million voters in 14 states approved state and local ballot measures that generated $905 million in funding for new land protection. But in Ohio, open space measures...
The report looks at the present state of United States agriculture industry and the challenges many new farmers face. The report also highlights 10 FarmStart participants and the new approaches many...
This white paper sheds light on how Best Managment Pratices (BMPs) are adopted and implemented by producers. The paper is designed to help Water Quality Trading (WQT) program managers focus on BMPs...
In cities across the country, local businesses and economic development agencies are starting to work more closely with food and nutrition organizations to build a stronger network of healthy food...
American Farmland Trust (AFT), the nation’s premier agricultural land conservation organization, and The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM), the official organization representing the interests of the...
Beginning farmers in New England face particularly daunting obstacles to accessing land in a region where cropland and pasture make up less than 5 percent of the land base and the price of farmland...
This CAE working paper looks at zoning, impact fees and other growth management options. Local growth management tools which affect the rate of agricultural land conversion can also influence land...
Healthy food access is not just about increasing food retail, though that is a critical component. It is also about creating and supporting the food production, processing and distribution...
The following paper from American Farmland Trust (AFT) advocates for promoting the voluntary implementation of Conservation Cropping Systems (CCS) to improve agricultural soils as the first line of...
This report addresses this essential element of a Water Quality Trading system (WQT)—putting WQT and baselines into context, presenting current practices, identifying critical issues, assessing...
This publication addresses farmland access, transfer, affordability and stewardship. It focuses on "non-ownership" tenure options and contains sample lease provisions with explanations, sample...
Local food initiatives across the U.S. have launched determined efforts to encourage institutional purchasers to source locally grown foods. These have generated significant enthusiasm at the local...
Across the United States, many urban, suburban, and even rural neighborhoods are experiencing dramatic transformations. Parking lots, underused commercial properties, and former industrial sites are...

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