The tools to protect farmland exist.
But they are not being applied as aggressively as needed to prevent the alarming loss of this irreplaceable resource. AFT is the national leader in protecting farmland with agricultural conservation easements. Twenty-nine states have a farmland protection program that purchases easements. AFT had a direct hand in all of them, sometimes simply providing advice, sometimes driving the entire process, from crafting program details to helping secure funding. In a similar way, we helped create over 70 regional or local programs.