Farmland, Food and Livable Communities

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Build In, Not Out

The presentations in this session from American Farmland Trust's Farmland, Food and Livable Communities Conference provide information about farmland protection programs at the state, regional and county levels that use planning and zoning to reduce farmland conversion and promote smart growth. Presenters will highlight approaches used within the context of comprehensive growth management as well as those that can be effective outside the policy framework.

Bringing Land Into Production

The presentation in this session of American Farmland Trust's Farmland, Food and Livable Communities discusses the suprising sources of new farmland being discovered across the U.S.. In some parts of the country, residential lots are providing a source of leased land to beginning farmers. In others, land owned by governments, land trusts and developers are a growing source of high quality farmland. What are the issues associated with bringing land into production that has been in another land use or kind of agriculture? Forest to vineyard?

Conservation in the Farm Bill

The presentation in this session of American Farmland Trust's Farmland, Food and Livable Communities Conference examines the consolidation of and changes to conservation programs in the 2014 Farm Bill. How can these programs be even more effective in producing results on the land? Find out how the new law affects voluntary conservation programs like the Conseration Reserve Program (CRP) and the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), and learn about the new Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP).

From Planning to Policy, Partnerships and Public Investment

The presentations in this session from American Farmland Trust's Farmland, Food and Livable Communities Conference examine the growing national attention on resiliency, food security and health, and how local food, local economies, and food system planning is receiving more attention from planners, policymakers and the general public. Many units of government, from city to multi-state regions, and nonprofit organizations, including foundations, are undertaking foodshed assessments, feasibility studies and plans to envision a more sustainable food system.

Planning for Agriculture and Food Systems - Communities That Are Leading the Way: Growing Food Connections

The presentations in this session from American Farmland Trust's Farmland, Food and Livable Communities Conference discuss how local governments can play an important public policy role to support farmers, food production and food security for all community residents. The presentations explore results from recent research on how local governments are developing and implementing a wide range of innovative programs, regulations, laws, financial investment, and other policies to address agricultural viability and community food security.

Farm Transfer and Succession Planning

The presentation in this session at American Farmland Trust's Farmland, Food and Livable Communities Conference looks at the most challenging step in farm succession--starting the conversation. This session highlights the need for forethought and how to talk about farm succession within a farm family. It also will explore how to plan for land management, and land and business succession strategies to ensure sound stewardship, economic viability and a smooth transition from one farm owner to another--or one generation to the next.

Women Non-operating Landowners: Overcoming Barriers to Increase Conservation on Leased Land

The presentation in this session from American Farmland Trust's Farmland, Food and Livable Communities Conference address how the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is reaching out to women landowners and recruiting women leadership within NRCS. The session also discusses the growing knowledge around non-operator women farmland owners, their perspectives and their needs.

New Perspectives on the Next Generation of Farm Households

The presentation in this session from American Farmland Trust's Farmland, Food and Livable Communities Conference looks at how a lot of household matters enter in to decisions about whether the farm expands or persists across generations. This session will review the latest research on farm household decision-making and provide a perspective of a local farm family. A special focus will be on how the demands of childcare, eldercare and healthcare affect the family farm.

What to Expect When You're Protecting (or Buying): A Guide to (Agricultural) Conservation Easements

More than 5 million acres of farm and ranch land have been permanently protected through state and local Purchase of Agricultural Conservation Easement (PACE) programs, the federal Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program (FRPP), land trusts and other entities. The presentation in this session from American Farmland Trust's Farmland, Food and Livable Communities Conference looks at how PACE programs have been vital tools in helping new and established farmers alike gain access to affordable farmland.

Land Access and Securing Affordable Farmland

The presentations in this session from American Farmland Trust's Farmland, Food and Livable Communities Conference discuss access to land, one of the top challenges for beginning as well as established farmers. How can we make farmland more available, affordable, secure, and findable? What tenure innovations should be promoted? Presentations cover new models and methods, and explore the role of landowners, retiring farmers, conservation organizations and communities.

Economic Importance of Agriculture to Local Economies

The presentations in this session from American Farmland Trust's Farmland, Food and Livable Communities Conference examine when food and agricultural markets contribute most to local economic development. This session combines the experiences of an innovative farm owner, local food coordinators in two cities with growing reputations for food culture and downtown renaissance, and academics who quantified economic impacts. Food and agriculture can inspire vibrancy and distinctiveness that enables existing businesses and attracts new ones across many industries.

How Permanent Protection Opens the Door to Farm Ownership

The presentations in this session from American Farmland Trust's Farmland, Food and Livable Communities Conference discuss how public farmland protection programs help farmers gain access to land. Find out about some cutting edge programs including the Delaware Young Farmers Farmland Purchase and Preservation Loan Program, Maryland's Critical Farms Program, Equity Trust''s Hudson Valley Farm Affordability Program, and Massachusetts' Option to Purchase at Ag Value.

Sustainable Farm Leases

The presentations in this session from American Farmland Trust's Farmland, Food and Livable Communities Conference discuss one of the biggest challenges facing agriculture today: access to affordable, productive land.  Young and beginning farmers, in particular, have trouble buying farmland due to lack of capital. Leasing land can provide an affordable alternative for new as well as expanding farm operatons. These presentations cover what makes a good lease agreement and how to assess landowner intentions. Learn about provisions that benefit the farmer, the landowner and the land.

Models for State-level Purchase of Agricultural Conservation Easement Programs

The presentations in this session from American Farmland Trust's Farmland, Food and Livable Communities Conference feature state-level programs to illustrate different approaches to program implementation. Massachusetts runs a program that directly acquires and monitors easements; Pennsylvania’s Bureau of Farmland Preservation manages an effective state-county partnership that relies on active county agricultural preservation boards; and the Vermont Housing Conservation Board operates a grant style program in close partnership with a few public and private entities.

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