Our Story

Welcome to Our Blog! The mission of American Farmland Trust is to help farmers and ranchers protect their land, produce a healthier environment and build successful communities. Thanks for joining the conversation!

We are the leading national organization dedicated to saving America’s farm and ranch land, promoting healthy farming practices and supporting farms and farmers. As the vital link among farmers, conservationists and policy-makers, we’re focused on ensuring the availability of fresh food, a healthy environment and strong local economies across the nation.

Since our founding in 1980 by a group of farmers and citizens concerned about the rapid loss of farmland to development, we’ve helped save millions of acres of farmland from development and led the way for establishing sound environmental practices on millions more.

Here is our story….

The benefits of bountiful and protected working lands represent our best bet for a healthy, sustainable future — and our plan to help America guarantee that future through comprehensive stewardship of the nation’s working lands is based on the following key programs:

  • Farmland Protection is focused on permanently protecting farm and ranch land across America.
  • Agriculture & Environment helps farmers and ranchers improve water quality and combat climate change while expanding their sources of revenue.
  • Growing Local supports farmers and communities in sustaining local agriculture while strengthening America’s food and farming system.

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